Sunday, October 7, 2012

Review: Partials by Dan Wells


Title: Partials
Series: Partial Sequence
Book #: One
Author: Dan Wells
Release Date: February 12, 2012
Source: Local Library
Format: Hardcover

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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. (taken from goodreads.com)
To be honest, for the first 150 pages or so, things were pretty meh. I've read dozens of dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels, and it's getting to the point where it's pretty hard to impress me. Fortunately, Partials did just that. It was like, all of the sudden, things just got awesome. Awesome, you say? Well, how is it awesome? 

First of all, the characters rock. Kira is headstrong and brave. If she thinks something's wrong or right, you can bet your hat she'll stand up and say it. Her friends, a characteristic crew of soldiers, medics, and family members, amused and delighted me. They helped add a dash of comic relief to the otherwise action-packed, dead serious plotline. 


The action barely ever let up. Street fights, dramatic escapes, epic showdowns, it's all there. Wells' vivid imagery made it easy to immerse myself in Kira's chaotic world. Not only did I love the action, but I also became invested in Kira's journey to discover the cure for RM. 


I will admit that the plot didn't go the way I predicted. As soon as the Partials entered the story, I tried to imagine how the story would go. Wells decided to take the story in the opposite direction, leaving me shocked and giddy with anticipation. If my hunch is correct, I think the next book will hold even more twists and turns. 


This is not a romance book, and while it might ride on the tail coats of The Hunger Games' fame, there is an original story worth reading here. As far as 2012 dystopian books go, this is one of the most interesting ones I've stumbled upon. I'll have to look into some of Dan Well's other books, now. 

This book is totally worth your time. Go get it. Do it. Now.