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
The story was true to the dystopian genre that seems so popular today. The naration was done very well. I can't wait to start the second installment in the series.
I listened to this entire book in a single day. I could not stop - binged on it. The characters are great and the suspense in the story is fantastic. What is right? What is wrong? Question everything.
I struggled to finish this. The 16 yr old main character makes stupid decisions repeatedly, all while gaining respect from peers and adults. There are some unseen twists towards the end, which is good. You have to get through the ridiculous bits to get the exciting end though. My husband and I really did laugh out loud at a couple of points in the story because they were so ridiculously stupid. Overall, the story idea is great, but the execution isn't great. I would not recommend this book.
Loved this story. So original. Had my attention the entire time. I listen to audio books every morning for my 3 hour drive to work (1.5 hours each way) so I get some heavy listening done a day... I try to set a rule where I only listen during drive time because I'll spend too much money on books but this one made my drive that much better. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire story.
Some people said they didn't connect with Keira but I don't agree with that. I did. I think she didn't have as many normal struggles as everyone else did, so we felt more for them than her. But j liked her. She needs things to make her more relatable though. Hopefully that changes in the next two books.
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Story so juvenile... protagonist runs blood work that the scientists would have done at the get-go. To create a clever character, making everyone else stupid isn't the best method.
Possibly... but some of her inflections don't make sense and change the meaning of the sentence.
Gosh. All of them
"A satisfying read or listen"
This was an interesting one. I started listening to this one having not decided on anything that I really wanted so pulled this one out of the blue and to be honest I am kinda glad that I did.
This was an interesting story and it did have its good moments if not large amounts of it were predictable but it didn't detract from the story.
The reading of it is very decent too Julia Whelan is a good narrator and paces this book very well. The science I find sometimes a little unresearched as in someone takes a blood sample from the surface of the skin, now unnles I misunderstood the book or Biology (as I am certainly no biologist) that means the blood could get infected by sources in the air so it isnt a clean sample... anyway that was a minor thing but it in no way impacted the book for me to say "oh this totally wasnt believeable and I hated it because of bad science."
Also the ending without spoiling it kinda left me going "umm is there supposed to be a sequel for this?"
Turns out there is, and its out in 2013 and I will be continuing the series so it has its draw back quality, in my view anyway.
The book is good, the narration is good and it was worth my credit I would say go try it out, you may be pleasantly suprised.
Unless you cant stand bad science (and I know you people exist) which the one moment I pointed out may have you writhhing around in agony in which case go stick to your Peter Hamilton (or go anc check him out anyway, something a bit more hardcore)
I really enjoyed listening to this story, the story line was interesting and just when you thought you'd figured it out there was a twist. I can't wait to get the next book!
"Boring at 1st but gets MUCH better"
I liked the characters, some funny sarcastic parts too
this is my 1st one
I like Marcus and Samm
nearer the end, it redeems it's self, it's boring at first though but sticking with it is worth it.
It's no Hunger Games, It's no Maze runner its sort of a bit of both a lot of medical info and thinking parts, if you want to work things out, get a bit lost but eventually come across a real good read then this is the book for you.
"Very good story"
Interesting. Different. Addictive.
I haven't read/listened to a book like this before. It's a very different story than what I usually go for. But now I'm addicted and am half way through the second one, and have already bought the third.
Very easy to listen to.
Yes but it's a spoiler!
Definitely give it a go. You need to pay attention though, it can sometimes get confusing as it doesn't always explain how the story starts properly.
"Complex and interesting!"
A complex teen book set in the future after a phantom virus 'RM' kills most of the world's population. Add in an army of man-made 'humans' (aka partials) - gentically engineered to be superior, and you have the basis for this book. It follows the last human settlement, with idealistic 'plague babies' and conservative survivors... It's a good book and good for those who want something substantial from a book. This audiobook is well narrated and clear. Don't forget to get the second book too - fragments - a great continuation with similar complexity.
Great was gripped through out and was full of unpredictable twists and turns would recommend
"Gripping from beginning to end"
While I'm a man in his forties I do love literature aimed for the younger listers.
The story had me hooked from the start and made my daily commute to work a pleasure.
I'm away now to download the second book.
"Not as imaginative as I'd hoped"
This book struck me as pinching ideas from others such as Maze, Hunger Games, etc. The science is a bit ropey and the thought of a 16 year old girl achieving what she does...hmmm.
I found the narrator's voice a bit irritating at times, e.g. when she was trying to do a male voice.
I am undecided whether to try others from this author/narrator.
I couldn't comment as I've only listened to this book on Audible
As I took a gamble on this book, author and narrator I'm not sure ... as this isn't my usual choice
Julia Whelan is a delightfully clear reader, with just the right amount of feeling and depth for each character
Absolutely, I had to tear myself away!
The only negative thing about this book is that I don't feel this is a good standalone book and maybe there could be a note or warning about that.After reading the comments from a review by an audible member I almost didn't buy this book, however, I'm so glad I did.The book is well written and wonderfully descriptive. The story moves along at a good pace. The characters are colourful and varied. Finally the storyline keeps you entertained and the characters keep you hooked.I'm off to get book 2
wasn't awful wasn't great. no ground breaking story just meh. the fact they call the oceans the sound they would still have books with maps in them and know the real town names...
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