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.
Combining the fast-paced action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Battlestar Galactica, Partials is a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our sense of humanity is both our greatest liability, and our only hope for survival.
I'd go so far as to say I would vote Partials as the best sci-fi I've read this year. For those of you staring wide-eyed at your monitors, yes, I read my fair share of sci-fi. Hmph.
Like the rest of us, typical dystopians are starting to wear thin on me, and it's great to see something so firmly science oriented emerge from the pack.
Dan Wells has managed to create an intricately woven sci-fi that actually gives you just what its genre promises: science.
*And an exceptional amount of kissing, contrary to popular belief.
Kira's dedication to those she cares about and the future of humanity is outstanding. It isn't often you stumble upon a heroine so willing to die for the sake of the next generation.
And put aside her longtime boyfriend for the cause, too.
That level of determination just makes for total and complete awesomeness. Not to mention, a really interesting MC.
I find that most dystopian novels today like to leave out exactly how a certain civilization came to be at its current state by means of ignoring the question altogether or having the MC get the point across that "no one really knows". A big up to this one is that unlike most , a back-story is actually presented to make sense of the world as it stands at the time taking place of the novel. Even better? It's believable.**
Gotta thank science for that one.
This mix of I,Robot , I am Legend, Battlestar Galactica, and - yes, I'm going to say it - Stars Wars is all kinds of fun.
*I recently had the pleasure of meeting Dan Wells at his Miami tour stop last month, and he mentioned readers complaining about the lack of romance scenes. Not to worry, though, he promised more of that in the sequel!
The often humor you find in Dan books is evidently present through his personal character and despite what I thought prior to meeting him...he obviously didn't have to do much research for Partials. Really, he just comes off that smart. **
Partials gets 4.5 stars from me!
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