Monday 26 March 2012

Partials by Dan Wells

Series: Partials, Book One
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: ARC
Published: 29th March 2012
Number of Pages: 482
Book: For Review*
Genre: Dystopia, Science-Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Action-Adventure, Mystery, Post-Apocalyptic, YA
Recommended Age: 13+
Contains: Violence, Death, Drinking, Swearing
No Drug References
Author's Blog: Dan Wells

The human race is all but extinct, wiped out by a killer virus released by genetically engineered soldiers – Partials.
Sixteen-year-old Kira is trapped on Long Island.  Her community clings to survival, but what hope can they have when no baby survives for more than three days?
Kira is determined to make a difference, to find a cure.  Her best friend is pregnant and Kira cannot let that baby die.  Time is running out, and finding a cure means capturing a Partial…

Partials (Partials, #1)                                                                   Review:
Since the Break, no baby has lived past three days.  The human race is at the edge of extinction, almost all of the population having been killed by the virus released by the Partials – part human cyborgs.
Kira Walker’s community is barely hanging on, but with no idea how to save the babies, they merely ask the citizens to keep having children and hope for the best.  But this splits the survivors, some furious with this new act and threatening war.
And now Kira’s best friend is pregnant – Kira loves Madison and refuses to stand by and watch the baby die. 
Kira has a theory, one that could find the cure and save Maddy’s baby.  The problem?
It requires a Partial.  Or more specifically, capturing a super strong, super powerful, genetically-engineered soldier.
Can Kira pull it off in time?  Or will their whole world be ripped apart first?
I remember seeing this one Sammee’s blog and thinking: “Oh my God!  MUST get my hands on this book!”  And Partials really didn’t disappoint!  It sucked me in from the word go.  It was addictive and action packed and just pure awesomeness.  With strong characters, a scarily brilliant plot, amazing writing and a disconcertingly plausible world, Partials was a book I was addicted to from start to finish!
Kira Walker was strong, brave, caring, funny, good natured and witty.  I loved her!  She was brilliantly snarky and funny, and totally kick butt!  She was so calm under pressure and wonderfully strong, stubborn and determined; a natural leader who could totally hold her own. 
Marcus, Kira’s boyfriend, was funny and goofy – totally insane and so cute!  He was so loving, so trusting, so loyal. Whenever he came in, he made me laugh.  His snark just lightened my day!  I officially love Marcus Valencio. 
Samm was really clever and a real puzzle; he seemed almost vulnerable and was really sweet.  He was more human than most of the actual humans.  I loved him!  And I don’t know if he meant to be, but he was really quite funny at times!
I just loved all the characters so much!  Loads of them were hilarious, all of them were brave and I just loved the relationships between them all.  Also, I had no idea who would make it through – I felt as if any of them could just die at any time, something I’ve never felt before.  The characters were all so charismatic and awesome and I loved them all!  Xochi was one of my favourites!  She was brilliant, rebellious, fiery, snarky and really funny!  And I loved Isolde! She was brave and funny and kinda bonkers.  I loved that her solution to everything seemed to be: get drunk.  (By the way: kids reading this, alcohol is not the solution!!  Um, righteous moment over…  Carry on…)
This book brought up lots of tricky moral and ethical questions.  Humans created the Partials to win wars and they turned against them because they didn’t want to be slaves anymore.  And the Hope Act: everyone had to have a baby at eighteen and have them as often as possible afterwards.  And they all die.  Admittedly, the Senate passed the law to try and save the human race, but still.  And what was even more shocking and oh-so-terrifying was that it was all plausible to me, like it really could happen. 
The writing was amazing: addictive, action-packed, simple, descriptive and brilliantly funny.  Told in third person from Kira’s POV, it really let me get into her head.  I’m not sure if some of the bits I lost control at were actually meant to be funny, but I found them hilarious.  And I loved the plot just as much!  The only think I didn’t get was: why didn’t the other scientists figure out what Kira did?  That, seriously, is the only negative thing I have to say.  I couldn’t see the twists coming and I was hooked to every word.  Ok, admittedly I had suspicions about one of the final twists, but it was only a vague theory.  As for the ending… I thought it was perfect, with just the right amount of unanswered questions… ‘til I reached the last few pages.  And now?  Oh.  My.  God!  I need the next book.  As in now, now, now!
A civilisation torn apart, a world on its knees, on the brink of extinction and war, one girl willing to risk everything to save them all… Partials was addictive, action packed and just brilliant!  I sped through it, desperate to see how it would end, yet not really wanting it to end at the same time.  It had action, it had humour, it had romance, it had brilliant characters.  I can’t recommend this one enough!

Star Rating:
4¾ Out of 5

Read this book if you liked:
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Happy Reading
* This book was received from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review


Cliona said...

AMAZING REVIEW!!! I must read this now, thanks so much for reviewing it!!! :) I wasn't sure about it, but you have made me want to read it!

By the way, like what you were saying about laughing at the not-meant-to-be-funny-moments, that always happens to me, in books, movies and real life. And then everybody glares at me and I feel really bad... :)

TheBookAddictedGirl said...

Cliona: Thank you! I absolutely loved it, so I hope you do too! Well, glad that's not just me! I tend to go into laughing fits over not-so-funny things, and I also get the "oh-my-gosh-she's-mad" looks. ;)
Happy reading! :D

Kimberly @ Turning the Pages said...

Great review I'm dying to get my hands on a copy of this but my library is on strike... 10 days and counting now and I'm going nuts! I keep hearing such awesome things about it. +New Follower
- Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

TheBookAddictedGirl said...

Kimberly: Thanks! No!! God, that's terrible - 10 days?! Well, when you can I'd definately recommend this one! :D

Unknown said...

As a fan of dystopian fiction, I'm always on the lookout for new stories that stand out from the sea of dystopians out there. After reading Dan Well's Partials, I can finally say "well this is different". Even though it was a slow start, Partials snuck up on me when I least expected it, and took me for a wild ride.

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