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.
©2012 HarperCollinsPublishers (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
I loved this story. The author has done a great job with creating the world we are presented with. the politics, the history, the characters are all well thought out and extremely well written. Anyone who likes fantasy/scifi should definitely give this a go.
What I found fascinating with the characters is that they are all 3-dimensional and at times complicated. They are never flat out good or flat out bad and I could really connect and like a lot of them. And some I really hated. Not because they were poorly written, rather the other way around.
The only thing I found a little hard to buy was the main protagonist's age. They way she reasoned and just the way she -and her friends- acted was a lot "older" than 16.
I loved Whelan's performance, she's absolutely lovely to listen to, the only thing I can say that I wasn't 100% over the moon with was the lack of "voices". All female characters sound the same and the same goes for male chars. This isn't a huge problem just something that I thought of every now and then.
All in all this is a wonderful listen!
Totally fell in love with the characters. I think they shoved a lot of different things into this book that weren't very well played out and wasted time exaggerating scenes that didn't really matter. I already read great reviews about book two so I'm looking forward to see the improvement from book one.
After enjoying the divergent and hunger games series I have been in the search for something similar. While many other books have been a disappointment, this one has not. Excellent tempo. Character development is believable and causes the reader to invest not only in the story but in the characters as well. Main characters and supporting characters each bring a unique flavor to the story that enriches the overall experience. While many stories in this genre tend to be predictable, this one is not. The plot twists and turns drew me in and kept my attention. I appreciated the respect that Dan Wells shows for his audience by not dumbing down the explanations and solutions the characters discover. He allows the readers to connect the dots at times and during other appropriate times he fills in the blanks. The ending was a surprise and I can't wait for the next book!
This was a very interesting story and very well preformed, but unfortunately written very badly. Caught myself rolling my eyes several times as the over description and dialogue.
I found this book to be a teat. It was short, sweet and left a good taste in my mouth. The characters were well rounded and their relationships to each other were realistic. The entire scenario itself was quite realistic too, for science fiction at least.
I will however wait a while to continue with the sequel.
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