Monday 6 February 2012

ARC Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Title: Partials
Author: Dan Wells
Publisher: HarperTEEN
Date Published: February 28, 2012

Summary: 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

Review: First off I want to give the cover some loving-it was one that grabbed my attention right away and I know if I was in the book stores browsing I'd be interested to know what the book is about. The skyline is beautiful and the cover ties in nicely with the novel. After seeing the awesome cover, I read the summary and knew this was a book I needed to read!  

Author Dan Wells' Partials was based around the idea that "Partials had created RM to wipe out humans-- and now babies are not surviving due to the virus". This was new and interesting to me and therefore I really enjoyed wanting to learn more about the virus and how it was formed- and when Kira (who goes about a different way trying to find a cure) found new information or got stuck at a dead end I couldn't help but feel the emotions she was going through: uplifted or defeated. Time was not on anyone's sides which added to the pressure and intensity of this book. There are lots of times when I was not expecting much to happen when all of a sudden I was taken off guard and switch things up.  

I didn't always want to agree with her, and she was not on the same page as everyone- but that is why I liked her! No matter was going on, she wasn't going to give up on her beliefs and in her heart one way or another,  she knew a cure needed to be found and wasn't afraid to put her life at risk and go against higher authority - the human race was already at stake so what did she have to lose?

Partials did feel "slow" at times. The reason being... there were many places that the group traveled to and most of what went on in the book had to do with territory and placement. That isn't always the easiest to explain, and so sometimes the depth of the details felt "heavy". Too much emphasis and focus on certain tasks.

There were times where I felt frustrated by the fact that I wanted my questions answered ASAP! Seemed to have MANY opened ended theories and my wandering mind couldn't help but come up with a list of questions and concern and predictions for whats to come. At the end of the book, I felt like the story had tied up all the loose ends and left room for more stories and excitement to happen in the next book! Yes, I still have questions and predictions-- but they are a little easier to cope with now ;-) Guess I'll just have to come up with my own theories and be patient for Failsafe. 

Overall, it is a good read


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