Feb 142012

Partials (Partials #1) by Dan Wells
Source: Review copy from Balzer + Bray via Netgalley
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

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. 

This book is a great example of why YA dystopian stories are so popular right now. It’s exciting, thrilling, and super easy to become immersed in the story. This story has a science slant that is not as prevalent in most books. The science is easy to understand and believe, and is woven so seamlessly into the story that it’s not something that stands out at all.

As a main character, Kira is easy to love. She is determined, idealistic and puts her money where her mouth is. She is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve her goals.

This book is a great stand alone story, but has great appeal as a series. There are lots of strands to be woven into future stories, and I can’t wait to see how they develop.

I loved this book, but don’t know how to translate that to a good review. To check out an awesome review, visit Lyndsey’s review on Goodreads.

Challenges read for:

Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012 – book 10

2012 Ebook Challenge – book 16

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