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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Posted by Irish in Review4 Comments

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 28 February 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0062071041
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 468
The author on the web:
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Line: Newborn #485GA18M died on June 30, 2076, at 6:07 in the morning.

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Partials  Series Order
Book 1 – Partials
Book 2 – Fragments (~Feb 2013)
Book 3 – ?? (assuming its a trilogy since most series are, not confirmed)

Its no secret that the market became flooded with dystopians of various goodness once books like the Hunger Games became a huge success. With the influx of books in this genre I’ve become a bit wary about dystopian reads. So many of which suffer from a serious lack of world building and seem to rely on sex in some fashion. Partials is no different in that either as the human race is mostly dead due to a virus released years before and since then no human baby has lived more than a few days. Those that remain have since passed laws forcing girls to get pregnant by a certain age and keep getting pregnant until hopefully an immune baby is born.

At the start of Partials, Kira is hearing rumors that the Hope Act (that of the baby making laws) might be lowered from 18 to 16….which is Kira’s age. She isn’t ready to become a mother and when her best friend does get pregnant she decides that it is up to her to find a cure that people have been trying to find for the last decade. So, there is a tad bit of disbelief that the reader must fall into to think that a 16 year old girl can accomplish what seasoned researchers have been trying 11 years to do.

The first half of this book went pretty slowly for me. I was engaged while I read it…but I found it easy to put down and get distracted by other books. It wasn’t until I’d gotten past the half way point that things really started to pick up for me. And that is when it also became harder to set this one aside in favor of other books. The scientist in me also liked when they started to discuss the RM virus and what makes it tick, there were many years when I thought I might go into research studying viruses and I’m still fascinated with them. Those bits off left me disappointed and wanting more detail….at the very least I was curious about what RM even stood for.

I also wish that there was more about the Partials in this book. The scenes with Samm were very few and as he barely spoke we don’t really learn much about these genetically engineered people. Though with the few details that we were given I kept thinking that they sounded an awful lot like Cylons from Battlestar Gallactica and so wished that there was a bit more originality there. Although, as most stories are just a variation on a theme that was just a small quibble…especially since I really liked Battlestar Gallactica and miss that show. A lot.

The other things that bothered me were the cliffhanger ending…the story arc of this book was all nicely closed and seed for book two were set…there really was no need for that little bomb there at the very end. And rather than make me shake my fist at the heavens and demand the need for the next book it just made me sigh and think….again? blergh. The second thing was that I am pretty certain that a love triangle is brewing and I am so very over the love triangle. Seriously, what is wrong with have one relationship that develops over time….or grows in the case of where the characters start off as a couple? Why must the main character always pine away for someone else and end up breaking hearts along the way. I get that this is a YA book and that the MCs are teens and teens are fickle in romance….but if an author wants me to believe that a teen can save humanity than dammit they should be mature enough for a monogamous relationship!

All that aside though I do think that I will check out Fragments when it was released. I am curious to see where Dan Wells goes with this story. I am also hopeful that based on how this one ends that there will be more information given on the history of the RM virus. Because the science nerd in me really wants to know!

4 Responses to “Review: Partials by Dan Wells”

  1. tapestry100

    I wanted to read this, but since it kept popping up everywhere, I was afraid that it was being promoted a little /too/ hard, making me think it possibly wasn’t all that well written after all. Good to see it get a decent review here. I’ll probably pick it up eventually. =)

  2. tapestry100

    Like most of the YA these days tho, I will probably wait until at least the second book is released so I can just zip through at least those 2 books right away.

  3. Liyana

    Bah! I’m a few dozen pages in, and am already starting to feel disengaged from the story. Did she make any headway towards the cure?

  4. Netherland

    The year is 2076. Most of mankind is dead. Years ago, the Partials were created, part machine and part human, to help win the Isolation War. They were successful and the Partials returned home. But the Partials were treated as outcasts, they were different, and they became angry. They wiped out most of humanity, not only by killing them but by releasing a virus, called RM that not only killed, but prevented anyone from procreating.

    Kira Walker is only sixteen but she is a medical intern. She works in maternity, observing everything when a new baby is born. The infant never lives, the virus takes immediate possession and the babies are always dead before they are three days old. The Senate has passed The Hope Act, a law that demands that any female eighteen or older must be pregnant. The Senate figures the more babies they have, eventually they will either get one who is immune to the virus or someone will find the cure.