Review- Partials

Partials (Partials, #1)

Title: Partials
Author: Dan Wells
Rating: 4 Stars

Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.

When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.

Combining the fast-paced action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Battlestar GalacticaPartials is a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our sense of humanity is both our greatest liability, and our only hope for survival

I started reading this book mid-day yesterday, and didn’t stop until 12:30 am, when I finished it! It was SUCH a great book!
From the very first page until the end you are
swept up in this unbelievable world and a girls journey in it.
You meet Kira, a 16, almost 17 year old, who is a medic intern, and studies blood, DNA, tissues and microbiology stuff. Now in this world, a world 11 years after “the Break” when the RM virus infected and killed 99% of the human population, only 40,000 humans remain alive. You see, people created Partials, who are partially human and partially robotic or something (that’s never really explained) – but basically they are super humans. Anyways, they somehow released this RM virus that they were immune to- but VERY few humans were.
Now the “Senate” is the government and they run all the surviving humans on Long Island, NY. The only problem is… human babies Die within days of their births from being infected with this virus. After 11 years, humans still have no idea how to cure it, or how to save the human race.
Well, Kiras best friend gets pregnant, and Kira decided enough is enough and sets off on her journey to capture a Partial on the theory that they must have the antidote or cure in their blood somewhere.
This book was VERY fast paced; the action was there, along with adventure on every page.
There was even a little romance (I mean a VERY little) I would have liked there to be MORE of it, though I guess it makes sense that in an apocalyptic word when you are trying to save the human race, you don’t have a lot of time for romance. BUT I LIKE romance in my books.
Characters: Kira is strong and determined which I loved! She didn’t need depend on a man to save her every day. Also she is very smart, actually intelligent. She doesn’t do dumb things every day (like SO many protagonists now)
I loved Kira. BUT- the other characters were not as fleshed out as I would have liked.
The science in the book is pretty in depth(considering she studies and tries to cure a virus), so at points you really have to read carefully to fully grasp it. And the solution-= well, that didn’t make much sense to me.
OVERALL- I loved this book and would definitely recommend to anyone who likes dystopian or sci-fi novels J


  1. I've been itching to read this one! It definitely sounds like my type of read. And the sequel sounded soooo good! Love how it's fast paced, with very little romance, and a bunch of action.
    Amazing review! You've persuaded me to run to the nearest bookstore and buy it. :D

    1. You should! And I hear the sequel is great too!

  2. I LOVE the sound of this! Kira sounds like such a great character, one that I would adore. It's a pity the others weren't as good, or that there wasn't a lot of romance, but overall it still sounds brilliant!

    Thanks for an awesome review.(: Just followed you via GFC and Linky, btw. (:

    1. Thanks so much for following me back!!
      I really liked Kira's character

  3. I'm reading this book right now! I'm at Part Three.

    It's hard getting into Kira's head, since the 3rd person narration is a little distant, but it's worth reading. I got to meet Dan Wells, after all. (I was at one of the stops for the Dark Days Tour).

    I don't mind that there isn't a lot of romance. It's better to not have a romance than have a romance for the sake of it. Virals is a story that doesn't need one, and I'm completely happy.

    1. Thats Crazy cool that you got to meet him!
      I have never been able to meet a real author!

      Not yet anyways.

      And I agree, there shouldnt be a romance- just because. And it makes sense in this case because they dont really have time or the safety to have a romance, but still... my favorite books have a romance anyways.

      Thats just me though

  4. I have been dying to read this one forever. It sounds very exciting and I love the world building. Creating partials but then they let lose a virus that kills 99% of the population. Kira sounds awesome. I love a strong heroine and I love that she goes to capture a partial to study. Sounds like a good idea to learn more about them. I also prefer more romance but true I guess in an Apocalypse you might have other thing to think about. Still really want to read this one. Plus if you read it straight through it must be doing things right lol

  5. Great review! I've been wanting to read this book for awhile and now I really need to read it. It sounds so good!


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