Partials by Dan Wells

It was so nice to read a book written by a guy.  I’m not doggin’ female authors!  It’s just that a guy’s perspective on a scenario and especially for a girl is a nice twist.  It’s not angst-y or whiny…it’s just a take charge, “this means this, so we do that” kind of book.  Fairly uncomplicated.

Title: Partials (Partials #1)

Author: Dan Wells

Summary (by Goodreads):

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.

My take:

This book felt like it was a two-fold story.  First, there’s the story of  what happened to the human race and the second story is about finding a cure for the RM virus.  The author seamlessly is able to explain and put the stories together so you’re learning history while being in the adventure and not feeling like you’re having to pause the present to understand the past.

The book starts with our girl, Kira (a 15yr old), delivering babies who die within hours of delivery.  11 years ago, humans created a “species” of humans/robots called Partials  These Partials, which are part human and part technology, were built to be major killing machines and fight a war.  Humans didn’t account for the fact that these machines could possibly produce and unleash a major virus that would kill just about everyone in the world.  A few thousand in the United States have survived and banded together in New York; with no contact to the outside world they feel they’re the last people…literally…on earth.  Time is of the essence and ticks loudly since every baby that has been born hasn’t survived for more than 4 hours since the RM virus was released.  The human race is on the extinction list.

Kira is a medic and very sharp for her age.  She comes up with the idea that they need to do more than just watch these babies die and record data, they need to find someone who is immune that doesn’t carry the virus to study and learn.  Kira’s convinced in order to find the cure…they need to capture a Partial.  You can imagine how well that went over when she explained that to the leaders….

This book had a few adventures, a strong female character, and gives us a little bit of romance.  It also gives great information about the virus.  Elizabeth over at Don’t Take My Books Away, I felt said it best: “It is technical in the sense that it is a lot of detail, not in the sense that it is tough to understand.”  The majority of the book was dedicated to wanting and trying to find the cure so a lot of detail and thought process is written out.   No worries to those of you who are starting to get clammy hands…it’s not going back to your biology or chemistry classes!

Overall, I enjoyed the book and I even recommended it to my brother’s girlfriend!  🙂  There’s not a huge cliffhanger, but enough of a drop to have you curious about the next book.  The sequel, Fragment, is set to be published next year.



5 responses to “Partials by Dan Wells

  1. I’m glad you liked Partials, too! And it was nice to read a female protagonist written by a male author… though that may be because there was no romantic drama going on. Though I suspect the next book may have a little more romance in it.

    • I certainly hope there’s a little more romance in the next book!! 🙂 It wasn’t an emotional roller coaster reading, since a guy wrote it! It’s nice to pull your head out of the bucket of emotions and just work with what’s going on. Not deal with “he loves me, he loves me not, he’s staring at me, he’s not staring at me, …”

  2. …kinda regretting putting this book back on the shelf in the Books & Magazines section at Wal-mart right now.

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