Friday, September 7, 2012

Review: Partials 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.

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.
Plot: This is how this book went for me:
Yeah, the beginning was confusing, and the whole middle was boring. I am not a fan of huge paragraphs of a main character's thoguhts. Especially when it's in third person. It's boring. But when the real action started, it was awesome. Wells is great at creating suspense. There was always the fear of getting caught by the Senators, or the Partials or the Voice. That or dying of the RM virus. It really got my blood rushing.
But there is one thing that I was confused about throught the whole book. Why was the population was like it was? Not once did Wells explain what the Isolation War was. Why did the Partials need to be created? Why did the war start in teh first place? Wells never explained any of it in the book. But in the shor novella he wrote, it might explain things.
I was annoyed by them. They were the typical characters: the boyfriend that wants to protect the heroine, the evil society dictators, the best friend ready to defy anyone, blah blah blah. I was mostly annoyed at the main character, Kira. She was the heroine of YA. Stubborn, has to save everyone, finds out something is different about her, torn between what society wants and what she knows is right. Ugh. And Wells wrote her like many would write a character like her. All in the same way, if you know what I mean. I just wish there was something strange about her. Just to make her a bit different.
The only character I like was Samm. With two M's. He was thoughtful, quiet, non-agressive. He was a spy, but didnt' act like it when he was taken. He was---not the typical YA hero.
The most romance displayed in this book was Kira constantly battling herself between marrying Marcus or not. It got annoying, but at least it wasn't overplayed. But one thing I did like was that there was no love triangle present. Sure, two boys, one girl, but Samm never made a move on Kira, but I feel he might later.
I'm using typical a lot. But this ending was. Girl finds out a shocking secret about herself and goes to look for the mysterious boy for answers.
Fragments is out Feb. 26th, 2013. I will read it. :D
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  1. So disappointed you didn't like Partials! I've only heard great things about it. It's never fun when you can't love the characters you're reading about. Can't wait for your Nerve review!

    Ana @ BookSpark