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Partials

by Dan Wells

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | December 5, 2013 | Hardcover

Partials is rated 4.2857 out of 5 by 14.

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.

Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question-one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 496 pages, 3.4 × 2.46 × 0.57 in

Published: December 5, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062071041

ISBN - 13: 9780062071040

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favorite series Partials had me on the edge of my seat for the whole book, I couldn?t put it down. When I thought the story would slow down everything escaladed and didn?t stop. Dan created a complex world full of politics, gun fights, fight scenes, intrigue, and great characters. I loved his characters; they were developed well and were realistic. Everyone had their own agendas and opinions of what was right and wrong. Kira is in the middle when it comes to what she believes. She doesn?t follow anyone blindly but carves out her own path. She just knows she has to cure RM and that?s what she sets out to do. Kira never whined or complained, she persevered and that?s what I loved about her. Partials is a great quick read everyone can enjoy.
Date published: 2014-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great book for action lovers. This book was very well written and entertaining. My only problems where I had some unanswered questions (this might be solved later in the series) and that while the beginning was slow the end felt rushed. Despite the pace of the book I still had trouble putting the book and I definitely will continue with the series.
Date published: 2014-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read So, I read a lot, and well I was very impressed by this book. It had me hooked by about the fifth chapter and from there on out I couldn't put it down. It had lots of action and a great plot line that was full of twists and turns. If you liked the Hunger Games or Loved the Divergent series then this will be right up your ally. Before I was done I ordered the second book and so far find it to be just as great.
Date published: 2014-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Jam Packed with Thrilling Page Turners. It was kinda hard to get into in the starting but once you got past that it was really good. The character's were great but there could have been some more detail about them. The plot was thrilling and the ending left you hanging. The plot was fast and there was alot of events were jam packed in to the book. It was really good.
Date published: 2013-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The new hope of YA sci-fi/post-apocalyptic novels I have to admit, when I started this book, I had almost given up on YA science fiction. Ever since the Hunger Games, sci-fi seems to be the new trend right next to the paranormal Twilight wannabes. We get a lot of novels that pretend to be science fiction but don't have the faintest clue on how to world build or create an engaging plot. Well, Partials by Dan Wells simply blew all of this out of the water. You might be asking me, how so? The summary sounds very generic: genetically modified humans (aka the Partials) + a supervirus devastated mankind. We've seen that before...but we haven't seen it executed like this before. The world-building is absolutely magnificent! It is so realistic. If humanity ever faced a crisis like this, and there were only about 40 000 survivors whose babies kept dying from the virus, I would imagine that the survivors would be divided on how to continue living their lives. There is so much conflict within the human community - from the government who seeks to control their citizens in an attempt to try to unify them, to the citizens who aren't sure whether to support the government or not, and finally, the main character's own viewpoint on what is best for humanity. What I would like to see in the sequel is a more in-depth exploration of the Partial factions - it seems that they are divided in their goals as well. That brings me to another strength of this novel: characterization. The Partials aren't faceless, mercilessly cruel villains that we can't sympathize with. They are confused about what's happened to the world, just as the humans are. And they are also divided into factions with differing opinions, just as the humans are. In fact, we soon find out that maybe they aren't the enemies humans thought they were. This is not a simple Partials vs. Humans split. Samm - the Partial that we meet in the novel - was kind, and possibly one of the only people who shared Kira's (the main character) goals. Kira herself was someone I genuinely respected - she had a good head on her shoulders and was definitely not a wimpy heroine waiting to be rescued. I also liked that the side characters each had their own motivations and reasons for what they did - they were not useless, cardboard cut-outs. The plot was very engaging. It managed to surprise me several times, and the book left off on a cliffhanger that had me steaming mad and itching to get my hands on the next book. The plot moved along at a fast pace, but this was balanced very well with the characterization. The only criticism I can give here is that it may have been a bit unrealistic for the 16-year-old main character to accomplish everything that she did and get away with it (since almost all her actions were either very rash or very brave). Another thing I enjoyed immensely was that it seemed like the author actually researched viruses and made this virus seem plausible! Kira is a medical researcher but that title isn't just for show - there are some realistic descriptions about her speculations on how the virus works, without being too overwhelmingly technical. In conclusion, would I recommend this? Oh yes, yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Dan Wells created a fascinating novel filled with a world so realistic that it could have leaped off of the pages. It is definitely recommended for people who like action, sci-fi, a good plot, kick-ass characters, and a realistically built world.
Date published: 2012-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Awesome As always, lets start with the cover, it is simply gorgeous and eye catching. I adorrrrre it! The quote "The only hope for humanity isn't human" adds the perfect dash of mystery, and because of it, I HAD to pick this book up. The beginning is the calm introduction of the characters, setting, plot, and everything else. It was interesting but first chapter was slightly boring because now a days, books start off with a rapid bang, and BAM you're in the middle of some kind of fight scene. However, in this book, its casual and invites the readers because its still keeping its poise of mystery. The protagonist is Kira, she's intelligent and can basically care for herself, other than depending mainly on others, AND she WILL ask for help instead of going on some stupid deathly mission and becoming some kind of killing machine that saves the world all on her own. No, Kira is independent, but she see's things in a different perspective than our usual heroines that go out and try to get themselves killed because, heck, they think they're the only one's that can save things. Kira ASKS for help and knows how to get things done with EVERYONE'S help! I love it because that makes her seem more *HUMANE* since she is pushing her limit with the assistance of her close friends, to find a cure to save the dying babies. Now the antagonist is hard to explain, because even I don't know who in the world it could be. Plus if I tried to explain, it will spoil many things. Therefore no can do! LOL! Once you get past the first few chapters and begin to understand the characters and their roles, plus the setting and background story on the situation, it is NON STOP ACTION! It was awesome, and I could no longer put this book down. I literally felt heart broken because the book ENDED! I'm living off hysteria because I need the second book NOW! Literally, this book was filled with diversity between the characters and it was remarkable. Dan Wells literally took my breath away with this book! I praise his work and impatiently await for the second!
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! If you're looking for a book that you won't be able to put down, for a book that combines clever wit, science fiction and that gritty post-apocalyptic genre, this is the book for you. The plot, characters--everything you could possibly think of--was amazing. The only foreseeable problem is that the sequel can't come out soon enough!
Date published: 2012-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something Old, Something New First of all there was nothing Partial about my feelings towards this book, as the current trending topic in Young Adult books today I was a little hesitant to pick up another dystopian novel. However Dan Wells helped restore my faith in new authors. Partials takes a recycled futuristic story line and spices it up, giving you twists and turns you would never have expected while still providing you with the daily dose of essentials to all teen reads. One of the things I liked most about Partials was that it was not entirely focused on any one romance combination with the protagonist Kira. There were several males throughout the book and more than a few interactions that had me flying through the pages but Dan never did push one character over the edge making me thirsty for more to satisfy your urge to know where decisions her heart will truly make. I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for something that provides you with the typical comforts of a young adult novel and a post-apocalyptic plot while sending in spirals you never would have expected.
Date published: 2012-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I actually read this book a few months ago and really liked it, although there were times I found myself getting annoyed with the main character Kira. She could sometmes come across as shrill and erratic but overall the story was entertaining and I will definitely check out the second installment when it comes out.
Date published: 2012-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Post-apocalyptic book Pros: realistic societal tensions in a post-apocalyptic world, compelling quests, strong female protagonist / Cons: don't learn as much about the partials as you'd like, the protagonists get out of several tough situations with surprising ease / For Parents: no sex, no swearing, lots of violence, but nothing too graphic (shooting/death, off stage torture) / It's been 11 years since the genetically engineered partials rose up against their human creators, unleashing a virus that decimated the human population. Now, the remaining survivors live on Long Island, most in the community of East Meadow, which, due to its Hope Act of forcing all women 18 and over to give birth as often as possible, has created a resistance movement called the Voice. Into this turmoil comes a brilliant young hospital intern, Kira. She wants to study the one thus far unstudied aspect of the plague that still kills all human children born. Partials. / Partials is quite an adrenaline rush. There's a lot of action and several quests, starting, but not ending, with Kira's quest to find and capture a partial. While I wasn't always convinced that their plans would work as well as they did, enough things went wrong that I was willing to overlook how often enough went right. / Kira herself was an interesting character. She's borderline irritating, in that she's stubborn and 'knows' the best course of action, despite only being 16 and a 'plague baby' (ie, someone born just before the end of the modern world and too young to know what happened with the partials from personal experience). What redeems her is her reliance on her friends and her willingness to accept a change of plans when necessary. / What really sets this book apart is in its realistic depiction of society. There's a wide spectrum of viewpoints, each valid given the circumstances. East Meadows slowly becomes more and more of a dictatorship, as the Voice attacks escalate and the senate institutes more laws to keep the citizens 'safe', or, as Kira starts to believe, 'controlled'. Even the principle characters argue over the right and wrong of the senate's decrees. Particularly the debated decision of lowering the Hope Act to include those 16 and up (which would affect them directly). The disconnect between the older generation and the 'plague babies', shown by the adults' disdain, was also well written. / My only complaint was that you don't learn as much about the partials as you'd like. This book is set up for a sequel, so I'm hoping the partials - and ParaGen, the company that created them - will have more of a part to play. / I'll be waiting eagerly for the next book in this series.
Date published: 2012-04-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I may be suffering from dystopia burnout... This is currently being heralded as one of the best books of the year. And as a result I find myself on the outside looking in. Don't get me wrong. Dan Wells is a talented writer. The description were vivid, the characters were well drawn and I loved the amount of scientific detail that was included. I often find that many YA futuristic novels (especially dystopian) gloss over the scientific explanations – either because they don't think their readers will understand or because it is scientifically invalid. The detail in Partials however made the story seem incredibly believable. Where this book lost me though, was the lack of originality. As a fan of Battlestar Galatica and a long (and I mean long) time reader of dystopia I didn't find anything unique about this novel. Everything felt incredibly predictable and recycled. I found myself picking out things that distinctly reminded me of Battlestar Galatica, Wither, The Terminator, Article 5, 1984, The Handmaid's Tale... I could go on. I can't in good faith recommend this book when all these other amazing books/shows have come before it. If your new to dystopia then you will probably find this book refreshing and exciting, because like I said Dan Wells is a talented writer. However, for those who have been reading dystopia for awhile now I find that this book doesn't add anything to an already overcrowded genre. This and other reviews at Christa's Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2012-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Battlestar Galactica fans take note First, I want to note I have seen a lot of whining about the character count in this book. I find that entirely unfounded. I easily get lost when the character count gets too high (as I did by the end of the Hunger Games trilogy) but in this book I never lost track of who was who. Second, this is HARDCORE dystopian. Don't come here looking for fluff. There IS attraction but Kira doesn't need some man/boy OR Partial to save her. Partials is a worthy successor to Hunger Games. Here, we FINALLY have a book the tweehards won't be able to reduce to a 'Peeta vs. Gale' thing. Here, we have unmistakeable messages warning us to watch our governing bodies, to guard our freedoms and our indisputable rights. I will be watching for the next book in this series but not holding my breath. The last chapter of 'Partials' felt a little too trite, perhaps foreshadowing a loss of the authors direction in regard to the themes introduced in this book.
Date published: 2012-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Partials This was a teen novel I could not put down. It is very much a science fiction book but isn't as far out out there as sci-fi books get. It contained good themes regarding stereotypes and physical difference. These are ideas that can be reflected in our society today. The best part about this book is that it wasn't as predictable as most teen novels and actually brought something new to the table!
Date published: 2012-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Partials is exciting, captivating, and full of in your face suspense. Dan Wells' Partials takes place in a futuristic setting where the human race is near extinction after a battle with Partials. The Partials are engineered beings, similar to humans only stronger and faster, and have turned on their human creators by releasing the RM Virus. The RM Virus kills new-borns within days of life, leaving humans incapable of producing new generations. As the remaining survivors struggle to find a cure for the dreaded RM Virus, Kira, a sixteen year old medic in training, takes it upon herself to find a cure on her own. Like most post-apocalyptic novels, Partial's primary focus is on the fertility of an aging and dying species - humans. In hopes of finding a cure to the RM Virus, the Hope Act is instated. All women, by law, are to have children as much as possible despite the child's disastrous fate. When the reader dives into Partials, the age for pregnancy has been lowered to 18, however there is once again talks of lowering it again, this time to age 16. Fierce protagonist Kira, a character I couldn't help falling for, is disgusted by this notion just as much as I'm sure any reader would be. Kira is, by far, one of my favorite post-apocalyptic protagonists yet. She's solid minded, determined, and knows what she wants. Her overwhelming determination to achieve her goal was very admirable. At 472 pages, Partials is a little longer then your typical young adult novel. Though that isn't to say that it drags on needlessly like so many others. There's never a dull moment in Dan Well's Partials. I saw this, of course, because the man just would not give the reader a break! I continuously found myself hopping from one exciting development to another without pause. It was a constant chain of post-apocalyptic awesome and I'm proud to say that I loved it! Dan Wells' Partials is exciting, captivating, and full of in your face suspense. I'm very eager to see where Dan Wells takes us in the next installment!
Date published: 2012-02-27

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Partials

by Dan Wells

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 496 pages, 3.4 × 2.46 × 0.57 in

Published: December 5, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062071041

ISBN - 13: 9780062071040

About the Book

The acclaimed author of "I Am Not a Serial Killer" takes readers on a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question--one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.

From the Publisher

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.

Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question-one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.

About the Author

Dan Wells is the author of the John Cleaver series: I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don't Want To Kill You. He has been nominated for both the Hugo and the Campbell Award and has won two Parsec Awards for his podcast Writing Excuses. He plays a lot of games, reads a lot of books, and eats a lot of food, which is pretty much the ideal life he imagined for himself as a child.

Editorial Reviews

?A dark, wild ride.? (Kirkus Reviews)