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 do not think the audio book is every really better than the print version. I like that inside my mind that the male and female characters have the proper voices. But because I work nights and I can listen to books but I am not allowed to read. This is the perfect type of audio book. The voice was good for most characters and it did not put put me to sleep. In fact the audio version did the opposite.
I loved that the main character fit her part. She did not exit her role and become something she was not. But most importantly I was surprised and impressed at the authors view and backstory of the post apocalyptic world. He didn't put in any zombies or nuclear warfare. The story was unique and tasteful. I feel as though this is the type of story the hunger games was trying to be.
I think it would be poor taste for me to give away any of this book. So I will keep this opinion to myself.
Oh yes, I almost did. The only reason I waited is because I wanted to save some for my next day at work.
No, but I would recommend the book.
She was so monotone and mundane for this book. It drove me crazy, because I loved the way she narrated the Sweep series. But this was like she was trying to tell a four year old the story. It was so annoying. It almost seemed as if she wasn't interested in the book at all. So sad. I wish it were possible to choose from a list of narrators.
I'm a Dan Wells fan, and this book did not disappoint. The main reason I'm writing this review is so that I can encourage Audible to get Dan's 'Serial Killer' series online. I loved reading them, and I think they'd be wonderful to listen to.
I read and review Young Adult lit!
I’m in a strange position for this review.
I read partials well over a year ago and forgot to write a review while it was fresh. I remember being pretty lukewarm on it at the time which possibly explains my lack of passion to pen a review.
Now, with so much time elapsed, I can barely recall the story in detail…and I think that says I lot about the book.
Partials is kind of like the old oil paintings you see filling space in any state gallery. You know it’s a huge technical achievement, can sense the time and effort that was put into and even recognise you’d never be able to produce something half as masterful.
But despite all of this, you fail to feel anything much for the work.
Maybe it’s the muted tones not grabbing you on a visceral level or maybe it’s just that you can’t connect with the old guy in knickerbockers and a wig on the canvas but you’re left feeling…meh.
On a technical level I can appreciate the well-crafted world assembled in Partials. This vision of a post-apocalyptic world is unique and captivating. Dystopia is the current YA hot property but Wells has done something different – he’s made his world more hopeful than bleak. This is a civilisation recovering from the edge of annihilation not wallowing in it.
The new societys’ rules, customs, government, daily life etc are fascinating but I feel this was all described and laid out more for the benefit of a series, not this story that should have been able to stand alone.
I felt likewise about the characters, their relationships and the details of the crisis facing the new world – the inability of survivors to reproduce.
All were well executed, well framed and most are frankly well-done. But since I won’t get to see most of the pay-off until a future book, none of that really seems matter.
The whole here has ended up much less than the sum of its parts.
Ultimately, I think I was let down by the overall lack of resolution and while I certainly admire the book for going big and succeeding in so many elements, I just didn’t get a particularly engaging read.
I see a lot of love for Partials here in the Audible.com reviews and this is one case where, while I personally differ in opinion, I can actually understand others being able to find something great in it.
The bottom line is that Partials is well crafted and far more interesting than a lot of YA fiction, so despite being let down personally I still recommend this for most readers.
I could not listen to this without falling asleep. Enough said. I just didn't like this story at all.
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