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Publisher's Summary

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

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Dystopian... on the rocks with a twist

A dystopian novel that stands out for it's surprising twists... The other reviewers mentioned the "surprise" in the novel, and I found myself thinking several times, "Aha! That's it!" But no, it's more a series of surprises that kept me distracted from the final, biggest surprise. Well written, well-developed characters, and the narration was easy to follow. I would definitely recommend this to others.

**Definitely YA-friendly! I don't remember much, if any, cussing, and there is no sexuality beyond a little kissing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Highly recommend

Where does Partials rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Upper 1/4

Who was your favorite character and why?

Samm

Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

Kira

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not at first, but it got a lot more interesting the second half and I couldn't put it down.

Any additional comments?

This is a very clean book. There is no sex, foul language, or gruesome descriptions of violent acts. I highly recommend this book. It's a great read. I really hope they come out with a second book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Horrible

Really hard to believe that a 15 year old can learn more about a disease then any of the actual doctors and scientists researching this thing for 11 years. Give me a freaking break. No real medical or scientific training or experience does not qualify you to be a reasonable researcher. The entire concept was ridiculous.

Predictable and unbelievable even as science fiction.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Early teen story

I didn't realize when I got this that it was aimed at young adults (aka early teens). There's really nothing in the description to tip you off, so it's an easy mistake to make. YA books aren't really my thing, but if they are yours there's enough here to satisfy and you'll find it better than my two star review. I was looking for something with a bit more sophistication, but for a post-apocalypse novel this is far, far more Hunger Games as opposed to, say, Lucifer's Hammer. I'd give it a recommendation for teenagers looking for a light listen on the light fright side, and a pass for a more mature audience.

The narrator, Julia Whelan, is very good, so if you are looking for something geared for a younger audience, it has that to recommend it as well.


4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I don't ever want to touch this book again.

I hate the story of this book. It sent me into a nightmare induced hyperventilating mess. This book just isn't for me. No world should have a manitory pregnancy law. it is a good performance and well written just not for me. I am giving it one star because I just do want it or any story like it anywhere near my recommendations.

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Fresh and interesting from start to finish!

Mysteries have been revealed yet there are more that need answers. I cant wait to hear what comes next!

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The delivery sucks

This is the first time I'm writing a review for an audiobook here. I'm writing it because I hate this book. Somehow, I made it to chapter nine but that's where I'm stopping.

The backstory had me interested, and that's really what made me keep listening even after I realized that I don't care about the characters at all. They feel dull and superficial and I feel like we're not really given a reason to care about them. I thought Marcus was Kira's brother for a really long time. Nope, he's her boyfriend. I just don't see any depth to these people. I'd say nine chapters is more than enough for some depth.

There is so much filler, it's ridiculous. I feel like I sat through nine chapters of useless information. I don't care what clothes Kira is going to wear on this insignificant day and what her other choices were. I want to sit through paragraphs of useless dialogue that adds nothing to the story or the characters.

I'm going to stop here, because I can and will complain a lot more. The bottom line is that I got nine chapters in and that's when we finally scratch the surface of the real plot of the story. But the plot hasn't even started at that point. No, that's just when we're told that Kira is going to try to find a cure. You know, even though scientists have been at it for 11 years, a 16 year old who just started working will find the cure.

Overall, I didn't enjoy any of this. I was really bored and I was never engaged. The idea is cool, but the delivery is a horror story.

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Living through the nearly complete collapse of the world's civilization.

To win a world war and to make lots of money, a company makes Partials, who are living thinking soldiers who are nearly identical to humans. After the war is won Partials are left on their own and feel neglected and disenfranchised. They wage war on humans nearly making them extinct. The story follows one girl and her friends as she tries to find a way for both groups to survive and prosper. After a battle with a band of Partials she gets acquainted with Samm and learns they are not so different. Some scary and cruel events also some heartening and humerous events make the story hard to put down.

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  • Loyola
  • CAMDENTON, MO, United States
  • 04-23-17

Depressing dystopia poorly explained

Is there anything you would change about this book?

At the beginning, give the listener some context. Explain what partials are, their background and powers. Explain the breach-- what happened, what caused it. Explain what The Voice is. I tried twice to get thru this book and have now given up.

Life is short-- I don't need to immerse myself in many hours of depressing, unending litany of constant danger and attack from numerous unexplained sources, When I got to the severed leg portion, I quit.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something upbeat, interesting, thought-provoking.

What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

She's an excellent narrator and the reason I chose to purchase the book.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

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Great all around!

I purchased this audiobook when it was on sale (I'm a sucker for sales) and I loved it!
The story has a lot of science/medical basis in it and I think that was the major selling point to me. The characters are lovable and there's a lot of death in this book. I might still be mad about a certain death. But, alas, I tell you no spoilers.