Saturday, March 17, 2012

Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Title: Partials (Partials #1)
Author: Dan Wells
Published: February 28th 2012 by Balzer + Bray

Book Description:

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 Galactica, Partials 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.


My Thoughts:

What if the only hope for Humanity isn’t Human?

       Partials is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel where we see the world, eleven years since the break where humans are slowly faltering, and the babies born from each woman most inevitably dies because of a virus they called the RM which hindered the survival of newborns. We follow Kira Walker, a medic in training as she struggles to find the cure for this virus which slowly wipes out the human race. Danger lurks in every direction, and dark secrets begin to spill.  

                The only word I can say for this book is WOW!! Really! Wow! Partial is such a brilliant novel that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. There were no dull moments at all and I easily devoured it in one sitting! 

Let’s start with the characters. Each of them was well developed and I found myself loving every single one of them! Kira is a very inspiring heroine. At such a young age, she already thinks maturely. She’s strong, independent, determined and very dedicated to her role as a medic. She’s also an idealist who aspires something that everyone believed is already impossible: Finding a cure for the deadly RM virus. She believed in that one goal and she’s willing to risk everything to find it, even if she dies just to achieve it. I really admired her for that. Marcus, her boyfriend is a really sweet guy. During serious moments, he never fails to lighten the mood with his antics. Of all Kira’s adoptive sisters, I loved Xochi the most. She’s one tough girl and is not afraid to say what she thinks is right. And I most definitely can NOT forget Samm, our hot, kick-ass partial! Yum!
Next is the plot. Dan Wells is a genius for writing such a magnificent book that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The storyline is unique and Kira’s world was wonderfully made and very realistic. There were a lot of medical terms and processes that I really tried to understand. Being a graduate from the medical field, I thoroughly enjoyed every explanation about the virus and everything just seemed plausible! Another thing I loved in this book is that Romance only played a very, very minor role. Survival was the main plot here, and it’s something new for me! (And although I liked Kira and Marcus, I can’t help but root for Kira and Samm as well!) The writing style was really amazing. The book was brilliantly written in such a way that it’s easy to understand, not boring, and even though there were a lot of information about the virus and the medicines, I didn’t have these “info dump” feeling at all.
Over all, Partials is the best book I’ve read this month so far and it was instantly included on my favorite books! I love, love, love this book! I am definitely stalking the next book, Fragments and I cannot wait for it to come out.

I give this book five awesome whales.






7 comments:

  1. AWESOME review! I pre-ordered this book on a whim and I've been reading a bunch of really good reviews on it lately so I'm excited to start reading it!

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    1. @J.R. Thank you so much! I'm really glad you liked my review!
      -- ICE

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  2. Glad you liked it. :)
    I personally don't think I'd like all the scientific talk of medicine and whatnot, but great that you liked it!

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    1. Lol! The reason that I enjoyed it was because I'm on the medical field. Thank you Addie!
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  3. Anonymous9:34 AM

    Hey there Dani,

    Finally, I got to read your blog! Yeay! Anyway, I love how you did the book review. Though I haven't read it, I somehow got a grasp on what the story is all about, and right now, I'm considering of reading it too. Teehee.

    PS: Awesome page by the way! I'm in love with your blog. Haha. :))

    -Janua

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  4. My friend Koice did the review :D My name here is "TheUnseelieNerd" Thanks for stopping by our blog :D Glad you liked it!! :D

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  5. The storyline itself, as I said, starts a bit slow, but when it really starts to get going, you won't be able to put the book down. Wells has written a book that explodes with tension and action. There are some moments where potentially I felt there was a tad too much "discussing what we're going to do and then here is how we did it" (does that makes sense?), but overall, I found that once the world was established at the beginning, the process of discovery smoothed out and the story started flowing. I appreciated as well that Wells seems to give his audience's intelligence some credit in his use of military and medical jargon. He doesn't shy away from complicated terminology and descriptions.

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