Thursday, January 26, 2012

Partials (Partials #1) 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 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 threaten to launch what’s left of humanity into 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 discover 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 pulse-pounding 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. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Partial is the first novel, in a new series by Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer. In this YA, post-apocalyptic dystopia the year is 2076. It has been eleven years since the uprising of the Partials; a group of engineered organic beings who released a virus known as RM. This virus wiped out most of humanity and left the few remaining unable to produce living offspring. 

Wells took me on a fast paced, breathtaking ride and left me wanting more. The world-building in this novel is fantastic, unique, and believable. Wells painted a world that I could see, and his attention to detail had me riveted. The plot is engaging, and not a page was wasted in the development, and movement of this story.  I became completely engrossed, and the rest of my world faded away. The remaining humans are living in or around, Long Island, NY. They are frantically trying to find a cure for RM to stop their dwindling numbers. The community is governed by a small senate that passes laws to ensure the continued existence of mankind. One such law is the Hope Act. It states that every female must become pregnant at the age of eighteen. These women give birth over and over again. For eleven years they have studied and tested but no child has survived. This Act caused friction within the community, and some left; becoming a group known as the Voice. Violent outbreaks, and theft have become a source of tension between the two. The Partials haven’t been seen in eleven years, but both sides fear an attack.

Protagonist Kira is a sixteen year old medic in training. Wells has created a strong, fearless, and bright heroine. I immediately connected and saw her as a believable leader. Despite her age, Kira is wise beyond her years, and wants to find a cure for RM.  Wells gives us a female character who can think for herself regardless of her friends opinions. Kira believes that the cure is connected with the source of the infection, and wants to study a Partial. Despite being forbidden to do so, she, and a team of her friends head out in search of one. The tale that unfolds is stunning, mind-boggling and one of the best I have read. I truly cannot wait to get my hands on book two.

Partials is a must read in 2012 for fans of post-apocalyptic dystopias.  The novel is set to release on February 28, 2012 and will be available in paper and eBook formats.  I have added Dan Wells to my list of must read authors. The next book in the series is entitled Failsafe with an expected publication of 2013.
I want to thank netGalley and HarperCollins for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.

I gave this 5 coffee cups out of 5.                      Kimba     

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At January 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM , Blogger Liz @ Fictional Candy said...

Beautiful review :) I've been seeing this book pop up around, and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for posting, it reminded me to look it up again! :)

At January 26, 2012 at 2:22 PM , Blogger roro said...

tnx your honest lovly review
so mad i got declined! hope i can read it soon/wishing YA becomes more popular here

At January 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM , Blogger Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Interesting. Very interesting. I think I like what you have here. :) Thank you for reviewing this new book. I'm going to have to look into it. :)

At January 26, 2012 at 7:19 PM , Blogger Rebecca said...

Ohh!! Yay, you liked it. :DD I can't wait to start it *excited* Awesome review!

At January 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM , Blogger Candace said...

I've seen a few reviews of this one now and I think I've been convinced that I MUST read it! Thanks for the review that cinched the deal!

At January 26, 2012 at 8:54 PM , Blogger Kate said...

I got this one from NetGalley as well. I'm excited to read it now!

At January 26, 2012 at 11:23 PM , Blogger Chapter by Chapter said...

I honestly cannot wait to read my ARC of this! And your review is making me want to stop what I'm reading right now and starting it! Gah!! Great review!

Chapter by Chapter

At January 27, 2012 at 3:29 PM , Blogger Blodeuedd said...

I do like weird futures and stuff :) And this is also the first time I have come across this book so the better

At January 29, 2012 at 2:45 AM , Blogger Raine said...

I'm always apprehensive with post-apocalyptic stories but I'm curious about Partials and Kira. :D Thanks. I'll wait for it to hit the bookshelves here. :)

At January 29, 2012 at 4:34 AM , Blogger Sam said...

So happy you enjoyed this, Kimba! I got a copy off NetGalley which I can't wait to get round to. Awesome review! :)

Sam @ Realm of Ficton

At May 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM , Anonymous Espana said...

And I'm certainly looking forward to the sequels. At least, whenever I remember the book exists. And I think that's the problem. It's good but not as good as it should be. Or as I think it's capable of being. Then again, it's one part of a whole, because no book in a trilogy truly stands alone. So there's still time for me to fall wholly in love with the series.

At July 18, 2013 at 2:29 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Ana..i am the same way!

At July 18, 2013 at 2:29 AM , Anonymous Ana @ BookSpark said...

Oh my! You know me, total dystopian gal! I also love strong female protags more than anything :)


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