by Dan Wells
Overview (from B&N.com): The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only 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 have pushed what’s left of humanity to the brink of 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 find 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.
My Thoughts: It’s basically the end of the world. Or at least the end of the world as we currently know it. Female heroine? Check. Bad guys that aren’t human? Check. This trilogy has the makings of a pretty solid young adult dystopian series.
The writing was pretty good. By that, I mean there were no glaring mistakes that distracted me from the plot and characters. Partials does get off to a bit of a slow start. However, the fact that it was what I would describe as weird, is what kept me reading until there was more action.
The characters were okay. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t nearly as interesting as they probably should’ve been given the world they live in. The main character, Kira, was hard for me to like. Nothing really stood out about her, except that she had a hard time making a decision. I also hated how rushed she was to do anything and everything in the book. If you’re planning to infiltrate heavily guarded enemy territory and you don’t even plan for a full 24 hours, you deserve to get captured and fail. Idiots. It may have been the author rushing certain parts or that was a major character flaw for Kira. Either way, I didn’t like it.
Overall, I enjoyed Partials. Once it found its stride, it kept pace. The author didn’t shy away from explosions, death, etc (not in a gory or grotesque way). I’m planning on reading the second book in this series as soon as I get my hands on it. So I would recommend Partials, especially if you love reading young adult books.
3.5 out of 5 Bookmarks = I liked it, but I’m not quite prepared to give it a full four bookmarks.