Thursday, October 4, 2012

PARTIALS by Dan Wells

The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials--engineered organic beings identical to humans--has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them--connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

Dan Wells, acclaimed author of "I Am Not a Serial Killer," takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question--one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.

First line:
"Newborn #485GA18M died on June 30, 2076 at 6:07 in the morning."
Another apocolyptic dystopian book with lots of twists and romance and government take over. The year is 2076. Most of humanity has been wiped off the earth thanks to man-made soldiers and a mysterious virus. There are no chlildren younger than fourteen because the virus kills babies within days. An edict handed down from the government, called the Hope Act, forces all women, eighteen years and older to become pregnant bevause this is the hope of the world or soon humans will become extinct.
The Paritals kill humans; the humans fear Partials. 
Kira, the main character, thinks she can cure the virus. But she has to break rules and defy the government and bring back a Partial alive to do so.
Which side is right? Which side is good? And which side is more human?
This book is fast-paced, full of action and science. Good plot. I loved Kira and Samm. Kira is strong, smart and brave. She knew what she had to do, worried about it, then did it. Samm is a Partial and we don't really get to know him until toward the end but he is intriguing! The other characters were good but could use a little more personality.
The world building was fantastic as well. I have to admit I did skim the medical stuff but I understood enough of it to know what was going on.
Can I brag? Okay. I guess a most of the twists thanks to Mr. Well's foreshadowing and hints.
As with this genre, I get really frustrated with the government and this book is no different. So kudos for good writing, Dan!

Rating: PG 13
V: Yes, fighting, 
L: Very little
S: No


Have to wait for the next one
Tons of medical stuff that I was too lazy to try and understand

4 1/2 STARS

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