PJV Quickie: ‘Partials’ by Dan Wells was on my must read list for the beginning of 2012 and honestly, I wasn’t disappointed in the least. Great addition to the more science fiction based dystopian series. Can’t wait to read more.
Author: Dan Wells
Series: Partials #1
Publication: February 28th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Received ARC from Bailey @ IBBookBlogging because she rocks.
Links: Author Web >> Author Twitter >> Purchase Book >> Goodreads
Rating: 4 out of 5
Always on the look-out for the next big dystopian, ‘Partials’ hit my radar the moment I read the synopsis (and saw the book trailer) and luckily I bribed Bailey from IB Book Blogging with web design help and she grabbed me a copy from ALA. Was it the next Hunger Games or Divergent? I wouldn’t go that far, but ‘Partials’ was very creative in the world creation and compelling in the character portrayal, enough so, to highly entertain and recommend it to you guys. Put it on your own radar if you are a fan of the dystopian genre.
In the future, the human race has been devastated by a plague, released by their own creations, the Partials. Genetically manipulated soldiers, they were created to fight our wars so no real humans would die. Instead they took out the human race. The remnants of the humans are now gathered together in the ruins outside of New York City, trying to survive and to overcome the disease that is still killing off the babies. Kira, the main character, on finding out her best friend is pregnant, is done watching the babies die and the women forced to reproduce year after year. Not willing to watch this child die, idly, Kira sets off to find a cure, no matter what it takes, especially now that her research is leading her to think their only chance is with the Partials themselves.
Well-crafted, ‘Partials’ hooked me almost from the start and didn’t release me until I finished. I thought the plot was original and the characters were compelling with the emotional aspect of the dying children enough to drive the anxiety. I do think there could have been more emotional play, but a lot of the focus was on political back and forth and the quest to find the cure. There were moments of predictability, but there was enough twists and turns to keep the plot moving. Overall I was pleased with the turnout of ‘Partials’ and I’m looking forward to book two. I think Wells will bring in a lot more human/not human interplay which will be interesting to see how he portrays these thoughts.
What I do have add to this review, is that ‘Partials’ really had no romantic plot whatsoever. Which is different for most books in the genre. Kira is ensconced with a boyfriend before the storyline even begins. I kept waiting for her to fall in love with someone else to spice up some romantic entanglement, but alas, it never happened. So, while my inner romantic wasn’t sated, it was well done in not introducing it just to satisfy silly women like me. I have high hopes for a love triangle and a werewolf for book two — 😉
Recommended for fans of dystopian or science fiction, mature teens because of some violence and mature topics.
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