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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Review #329: Partials- Dan Wells

Title: Partials
Author: Dan Wells
Pages: 468
Series: Partials Sequence #1
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary: For fans of The Hunger Games, Battlestar Galactica, and Blade Runnercomes the first book in the Partials Sequence, a fast-paced, action-packed, and riveting sci-fi teen series, by acclaimed author Dan Wells.
Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the 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. But sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war's origin that she never knew to ask.
Playing on our curiosity of and fascination with the complete collapse of civilization, Partials is, at its heart, a story of survival, one that explores the individual narratives and complex relationships of those left behind, both humans and Partials alike—and of the way in which the concept of what is right and wrong in this world is greatly dependent on one's own point of view.
Supports the Common Core State Standards.
Review: I've had Partials sitting on my shelf for awhile and I finally got a chance to pick it up and read it. I love dystopians and this one didn't disappoint. It also had some post- apocalyptic and sci-fi aspects. There was a ton of action but also awesome world building and science/ research/ medical parts that sucked me in. And hello, how about the bomb that Wells drops? I need answers now!! I also liked how the author wasn't afraid to make readers love a character and then kill them off.
I found Kira to be an enjoyable character to read about. I could relate to her need to save people, even if some was unrealistically hopeful. I am hoping that she does get some more romance in her life and i'm hoping it's not with Marcus. Also I need to know her background! She needs to know and so do I. I also want more Samm.
I would definitely recommend this book to post apocalyptic/ dystopian fans. Now I need the rest of the series.


About this author

Dan Wells is a thriller and science fiction writer. Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing. He is he author of the Partials series (Partials, Isolation, Fragments, and Ruins), the John Cleaver series (I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don't Want To Kill You), and a few others (The Hollow City, A Night of Blacker Darkness, etc). He was a Campbell nomine for best new writer, and has won a Hugo award for his work on the podcast Writing Excuses; the podcast is also a multiple winner of the Parsec Award.

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