“I am stronger than my trials.”

Title: Partials (Partials #1)
Author: Dan Wells
Release Date: February 28th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 468
Edition: Hardcover
Cover Judge: I like it, the title font and the city in the background is great
Quote Choice: It's something that Kira tells herself a lot and has a lot of significance
Source: Bought
Goodreads: Link

Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the world’s 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. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.

When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.

Combining the fast-paced action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Battlestar Galactica, Partials is a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our sense of humanity is both our greatest liability, and our only hope for survival.

I thought this book was totally brilliant BUT I understand how some people might not dig this sort of this. Why? Here we go!

The book is centered around a young medic called Kira who is part of a dwindling human population that is being destroyed by a virus brought onto them by this super-human/robot race that they created (and consequentially, turned against them). This book is a dystopian but it's also a medical thriller and sometimes it can be, while action-packed, bulky. Bulky in the sense that it's long and it's full of science and medicine and genetics. Now, I love this, because even though I don't want to work in Medicine, i'm in the Medical Academy (so yeah, I eat that stuff up for breakfast). The science fascinated me and I think Wells did a great job incorporating it into the story but I see where some people might get bored or confused about the topic.

I, on the other hand, was hooked.

Kira is SUCH a good heroine, guys. She's strong and funny and is really one of the most virtuous character I've read about. She's willing to risk her life to find a cure for this disease, and she does risk it again and again, because she cares about humanity and where it's going and that's why she joined the maturity ward in the first place. The problem is, the virus attacks newborns and kills them within a few days or weeks of living. So she goes on a series of missions to try and save their lives and she's just so brave to the point of being stubborn (but not enough for me to want to knock her head into a wall) that I admired her the entire way. She was, in short, a very mature and lovely character to read about.

And the side-characters were awesome! Jayden, Haru, and Madison were all well-rounded teenagers stuck with the responsibility of leading this human population to success through (most of the time) illegal means. Xochi grated my nerves sometimes with her anarchy speeches but she was still endearing and MARCUS.

This doesn't happen often in books, but I love when the character is already in a stable and good relationship when the book starts and throughout the novel. Kira and Marcus are funny, lovable, and completely wonderful together that it was very refreshing! Now, I don't know where this is going in Samm's case but I'll talk about him in the same paragraph anyway! I feel like we didn't get to see a whole side to Samm yet since we were focusing so much on Kira but i'm excited to see his sweet, determined personality grow more than it already has.

Overall, loved it!
Happy Reading!


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