The book is amazing.
No, not even that is adequate. It’s more like:
OMf’ingG I can’t believe how much I love this book, amazing.
And it’s the first in a three book series, so yippy, the amazing continues for another few books!!!
With the flood of dystopian novels on the market it’s really difficult for any one title/series to rise above the tide and standout as something wholly original. But Partials NAILS IT. From the characters to the setting to the premise/themes the book is a dead winner. A MUST READ even for those who are not all that into post-apocalyptic books.
Dan Wells is easily one of the superheroes of modern young adult genre fiction.
If you doubt me, read the first chapter of Partials. It is EVERYTHING a chapter one should be: gripping, emotionally charged, shocking, it has that OMG he’s actually gonna write about this and I’m gonna read it factor.
Kira is just a teenager girl working in the maternity ward of the last human preserve on earth trying to keep babies alive longer than three days. Her efforts at this are futile because the disease killing the newborns is the same one that wiped out all but the 35000 humans living on the preserve.
Kira had me from page one.
Not the story, HER.
Who she was as a person. I was immediately connected to this character both emotionally and personally. I’m a mother of two and just the thought of watching baby after baby after baby die for nearly 12 years (not so long for Kira but the adults in her world have bore witness to it for this long) and not being able to do a damn thing about it????
Heartstrings tugged, and stretched, and broken, and left frayed and tender, and in need of repair.
I guessed Kira’s story goal at the end of chapter one, well before even she knew what her goal would be because it is what I NEEDED THE STORY GOAL TO BE. I am more than okay with the fact this bit was predictable; it was predictable in a very good way. It made me root for Kira to make this decision and then set out to accomplish the goal. In fact, had Kira not gone with the goal I NEEDED her to go with, I may have gone a little homicidal on the author.
Sorry, Dan, but you weren’t going to leave my heartstrings so exposed and raw as you did at the end of chapter one and get away with it.
The setting: 12 years of non-use. 12 years of very little human influence. 12 long years of nature being natural. Imagine the effects it would have on Long Island and New York and New Jersey and… Wells has thought about it and realized it within the pages of Partials. As the characters experience it, so does the reader. The way Wells world literally jumps off the page and sucks you into it, I mean, Jumanji comes to mind.
* The Jumanji correlation I drew just there, didn’t actually happen until now as I am writing this review, and I’ve already read all three books. Partials was like that all the way through. I never felt the “oh, I’ve read this before.” or the “you smarmy ass, you took that right from so-and-so book, and this too, and THAT! what are you doing? don’t you have an original thought in your brain!?!?!?” And I usually have every one of those thoughts in most of the books I read. *
Dan Wells needs a cape and tights to wear while writing his novels.
He created a character in Kira Walker that hangs out with you long after you’ve finished the book–because YOU WILL FINISH THE BOOK.
He damaged the tethers of my heart and just barely repaired them enough so I wouldn’t die before the sequel came out.
If I survive the apocalypse, I hope Wells is the one describing the world while simultaneously tormenting everyone in it because it would be a beautiful type of torment.
There are three books in the series: Partials, Fragments, Ruins.
I didn’t think I could ever like a book better than I liked Partials, but Fragments is my favorite of the three. If I could give a sixth star, Fragments would have it.
Happy Reading. Happier Writing.
blurb from goodreads:
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.
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