Review: Partials by Dan Wells
Partials by Dan Wells
February 28, 2012
The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to 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 threaten to launch what’s left of humanity into 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 discover 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 pulse-pounding 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.
Dan Wells sets the bar high in the dystopian genre with his debut of PARTIALS. It is sure to get your adrenaline going and your emotions will be on a rocky roller-coaster ride. There isn’t one scene where nothings at stake–everything is in every single moment. The stakes do change and get raised higher and higher as the book reaches the end. Wells has awed me with PARTIALS and I will be thinking about it for a long time.
Kira is an unbelievably strong and fierce heroine who is willing to do anything to save the last of her race–even risk her life. She is concerned with the future and making sure humans live to see it. Kira won’t back down from any of her decisions, no matter what her friends do to convince her otherwise. I was an immediate fan of Kira’s from the start and she proved herself to be a true leader, capable of seemingly impossible feats.
I don’t want to say too much about the storyline, if only because the less the reader knows, the more enjoyable the story is, at least in the case of PARTIALS. The whole concept of the RM virus, the Partials, and a severely diminished human population was mind-boggling. Wells’ novel is anything but simple and I would rank PARTIALS plot and execution right below THE HUNGER GAMES. Seriously, it’s that amazing, awesome, complex, and gorgeously written.
I am so glad Well’s wrote such a gem as PARTIALS. It is hard to find such a multi-dimensional story in the YA genre nowadays, but Wells’ PARTIALS meets that criteria and more. Do not pass this one up when it hits shelves!