Partials by Dan WellsPartials by Dan Wells


byDan Wells

Hardcover | December 5, 2013

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For fans of The Hunger Games, Battlestar Galactica, and Blade Runner comes 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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Dan Wells is the author ofPartialsandFragmentsas well as the John Cleaver series:I Am Not a Serial Killer,Mr. Monster, and IDon'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 podcastWriting Excuses. He plays a lot of games, reads a lot of books, and eats a lot of...
Title:PartialsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:496 pages, 8.63 × 6.25 × 1.45 inShipping dimensions:8.63 × 6.25 × 1.45 inPublished:December 5, 2013Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062071041

ISBN - 13:9780062071040


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I picked it up on sale for $5 so I wasn't expecting much. Wow. This is a fantastic book. It's so different from much of the distopian ya fiction out there. The author managed to use the military through out without making it boring. I really couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Series Easily my favorite series. So completely different from all the other dystopians I've read. Absolutely love the story, the characters and the way it was written.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great Sci-fic and Dystopian read! A Must Read! I did find this book quite slow to begin with, although the world-building is necessary for the reader to get a picture of what this future society is like. I like most of the characters, like Kira, Jayden, and a few others. I really didn't like Marcus much after he was pushing Kira to get married to him.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent read I really enjoyed the content of this book. The premise was very interesting. Some parts were a bit slow and some ideas were difficult to get behind at first but in the end it was a well written book and I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ I really loved this book, it was written in a way that made me feel as if I was there watching it, almost like a movie. It was super captivating. A good summer read!
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was partially good (see what I did there) really good book I enjoyed the plot and the characters!
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different! I read this a long time ago, re-read it recently and still thought the idea was so cool! I recommend it to those who crave that classic dystopian story.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Loved this series, something a bit unique
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! Great story, unique plot, fast paced!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story Really enjoyed it, great characters and a very unique dystopian story. Can't wait to see how the series ends!
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing World!! The female character is strong and determined. The dystopian world Wells has created is marvelous and unique. Original storyline. The beginning was very detailed and a bit boring to read but this book is definitely a good read!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Dan Wells has created an incredible world like no one has ever seen before. There are so many new elements to this book in terms of science and technology but it is all explained wonderfully. Every character is impeccably written. I found myself wanting to read this book every second I got. This trilogy is definitely one to pick up!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I really enjoyed this book and it reminded me a lot of Reached by Ally Condie and The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe, both of which I liked. I have to say the beginning of the book was really slow and I had a hard time imagining the world they were in. But the story really picked up in the middle of the book and really pushed its way through to the end. I also like the extra stuff at the end since they give us insight on how the world was before. I love the characters, especially Samm, and their relationships and banter were quite entertaining to read about. I didn't like Kira much but as the story progressed she kind of grew on me so it's all goood. If not for the beginning and the world-building, I would have given this book 5/5 stars but it was still a pretty great book and I can't wait to read the next in the sequence.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written with a strong female lead character The year is 2076 and the human race has been devastated by a war with engineered humans, the partials, and a virus thought to have been released by them. The remaining humans, numbered at perhaps 35 000, are isolated on Long Island, New York. The clock is ticking against long term survival, as no human babie,s born since the war, have survived longer than four days. Kira is a sixteen year old medic still in training. She seems to be a natural when it comes to medical research. She realises that she'll have to run tests on a partial if she is going to save the babies. I totally enjoyed this story. Author Dan Wells constructed a believable post-apocalypse world. The political power struggles made it seem more realistic. At first I questioned whether the teens would have enough training for the jobs they were doing. Then I though about how much time is wasted in our current education system with fun things and not actual learning. A directed course of study could give students the knowledge needed within the time frame of the book. I liked Kira. She's smart and willing to disregard the politics and get things done. She also exhibits the leadership to get those around her to support her progressive activities. It was interesting watching Samm develop from a silent character to one with an active stake in the outcome of Kira's research. Not like a prisoner with Stockholm syndrome. I listened to the unabridged audio book as read by Julia Whelan. I did have a little trouble with her male voicing at first. As I got involved with the various characters, this mattered less. I found this a truly enjoyable audio book. I liked the idea of the setting on Long Island, some place I've never been.
Date published: 2015-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING All I will say is get this book. It's funny, action packed and with an ingenious storyline it's great
Date published: 2015-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I absolutely adored this book and I recomend this to all readers who are looking for an enjoyable, futuristic, Page turner.
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from highly recommend! Partials has a unique story about a dystopian world unlike any others that I've read about. It has mystery, suspense, science fiction, a love triangle (but it does't take over the whole novel, it's more an underlying part) and a major plot twist at the end. If you like dystopian novels like the hunger games I highly recommend it, but don't worry they are 2 completely different stories.
Date published: 2015-02-08
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 Excellent read An excellent story, one of the best YA dystopian reads that I have read in a long time.
Date published: 2014-06-24
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 4 out of 5 by from Partials Very good story about the complexities of human nature. Set in an futuristic world, the story has lots of action as well as depth to the story to satisfy any reader.
Date published: 2014-04-04
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 5 out of 5 by from Partials This is a unique, fast-paced novel filled with shocking twists at every turn. A likable protagonist makes this book a pleasure to read in one sitting!
Date published: 2013-09-29
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 Awesome!!! That was FRICKIN FANTASTIC!!!!
Date published: 2013-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting So I only give it 4 stars because the beginning was so slow. But I loved the last 30% of the book. Some weird pacing issues but I'm excited to read the next book in the series.
Date published: 2013-01-30
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 (
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

Editorial Reviews

"Mr. Wells has recombined familiar dystopian elements, added original ones and thrown in dashes of dry wit to create a sprawling, action-packed medical thriller full of big ideas and exciting reversals."