Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Emilia's Review on Partials

Author: Dan Wells (@TheDanWells)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 468
Source: Prize
Series: Partials #1
The Other Books: Fragment
Challenge: None
Extras: Trailer, Facebook
Seek: Amazon, 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.

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.

You Should… – Buy it

Reason for Reading – Cover, Trailer, Topic

Judge the Cover – This cover goes so well with the book. I see the run down city, the storm clouds, and the dirt road, and I think dystopian. Then, I see the title Partials and the caption and I’m thinking sci-fi. After reading, it goes so well with the book. Kira even has a dream that is sort of like the image we see on the cover.

A Little Teaser “The old world ended,” said Madison, intoning the familiar words, “but the new one is only beginning.”

“We will never forget the past,” said Haru, “and we will never forsake the future.”

Xochi raised her chin, holding her head high. “Life comes from death, and weakness teaches us strength.”

“Nothing can defeat us,” said Kira. “We can do anything.” She paused, then added softly, “We will do everything.”

Review – I know I read a lot of science fiction, but sometimes it's not my favorite genre to read. When I read any science-fiction type book, I always visualize everything that’s happening. If I don’t picture it like a movie, I will not be able to get into the book. My mind has to be set into the book, and stay there. Everything has to be clear; the characters, the setting, and all of the wonderful scientific type things. If I can’t understand what’s going on, I have to give up on the book.

Partials did not have any problems, and it was like a movie inside a book.

If you don’t like science fiction, then hey don’t read this book. However, if you are in the mood to try something new, then you must give Partials a try. Or if you are a big science fiction fanatic, what in the world are you waiting for! Go and hurry and picked this up! It’s a must read!

At the top of the cover it says “The only hope for humanity isn’t human.”, I thought that meant the main character would be a Partial and she helps cure humans. Sometimes guesses are right, and sometimes they are wrong.

Man I feel so bad for Kira, well maybe not just Kira but for all of humanity. Kira works in the nursery room as an intern, and helps with all the newborns. The only problem is, and it’s a huge problem, the newborns do not last that long and die in a few days. That means no children, no future. In East Meadow,  the Senate have created what's known as the Hope Act. A law that keeps lowering the age for young women to get pregnant but it’s never going to get better. You can have thousands of babies being born but without a cure, there are only going to be thousands of babies dead. It's heartbreaking.

You see, the humans in this world have a virus known as RM. The mothers have the disease and it's passing to the newborns. There is no cure. The scientists have tried everything, trying to find the solution, but there is no hope. When a friend of Kira’s gets pregnant, she doesn’t want to see her friend’s baby die. She seeks for the solution. And Kira figures out what the solution is. A Partial. They are the only ones who don’t have the virus.

If you watched the trailer, it gives you details on what exactly a Partial is. During a war, the Partials, which were made to protect humans and built with human DNA, turned against us. They then tried to destroy us with the RM virus. Kira knows the dangers of going on this mission and the others, that have joined her, know as well. They are all risking their lives to find the cure. To save the future of humanity.

But there are more dangers. The world we knew is crumbling and while Kira lives in a controlled area, outside there are the Partials and the Voice. The Voice are a group of rebels who are against everything East Meadow and their Senate are doing. 

The first half of the book, all I wanted to see was the Voice and the Senate work out their differences so they can work together against the Partials. Then Samm comes in, a Partial that Kira captured and is supposed to study. You find out more about what the Senate has planned, and why Kira starts to believe that the Partials are willing to work with humans to create a truce. But how can you tell if the Partials are telling the truth? 

Kira is caught in the middle but in her mind, all she wants is a better future.

If that doesn’t get your interest, then I don’t know what will. This is a non-stop action thriller. The characters are well written and I felt connected to them, especially Kira. There were points where I had to put the book down because I was so afraid to continue on. I didn't want to see anyone get hurt or die or in trouble for doing something they'd believed in.

Author/Book News – Next book in the series is called Fragments, coming out 2013. I am definitely checking that one out as well.


  1. Thanks for your detailed review. I've been wanting to read this for such a long time now and your review really makes me want to drop my current read and pick up PARTIALS immediately. :D

    Fictional Distraction

  2. Wow great review. It actually kind of cleared some minor questions up for me. I have wanted this book since I seen the cover and read the description but your review just made it a NEED to read!!

  3. This is another book I'm dying to read. Love your review, very explicit but non spoiler-y. :)