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 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.
Wow. Wow, wow, wow. What an amazing book.
I actually wasn't planning on reading it this month, but I finished all the books that I had planned to read and I was so desperate to read it that I just had to pick it up.
Well's created a brilliant world in this book and I was so interested in learning what happened to the human race and why they were in this situation. I was also extremely interested in learning about the Partials (engineered soldiers) since they were the ones that caused it all (or were they?). For me, there were not boring parts in this story whatsoever. It was action packed and there was always something going on with the government or the voice.
Kira was an enjoyable character. I did find it hard to connect with her and I only really started connecting with her about 3/4 of the way into the book. I did admire her strength though. To be able to work in the hospital where every single child born dies and still be able to function properly is amazing. I also admire her courage and her willingness to do everything she can to help save the human race. She was just a brilliant character.
I wasn't a big fan of Marcus in this book. I found him to be extremely dominating and he was positive that he knew what was best for Kira and that he had control over her decision. Most of the time I was wishing that she would punch him in the face. He did start to grow on me towards the end, but I'm still not a big fan of him.
But Samm on the other hand, I really wanted to get to know him. He was intriguing and friendly and I actually started thinking that maybe him and Kira would get together. And then he ruined my opinion of him, but then saved it again. So I'll just have to wait and see what he's like in the second book and then I can decide whether I like him or not.
There was a MASSIVE twist about 3/4 of the way into the book and I never saw it coming! I was shocked and suprised and I was desperate to know more! How did it happen? Why did this happen? Who did it? I'm really hoping all of these questions are answered in the next book because I really want to know!
There was also a slight cliffhanger at the end when Kira discovers something about her past and who she is and it left me shocked as well. I had a slight incling about one of the things, but I was still extremely shocked.
I really really enjoyed this book which is why I gave it:
I'm really hoping that the second book will explore the characters more and that I'll get a better understanding of them. I'm also hoping that it'll answer all of these questions that I have now! I'm reading Fragments just now and so far it's been really good!
I definitely recommend giving Partials a read, I really enjoyed it!