Partials by Dan Wells

     Review by:  Lisa

Title:  Partials

Author: Dan Wells

Collection:  Teen Books

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.

Fans of dystopian teen fiction will like Partials.  While the premise of the apocalyptic event is believable, some of the details for how humanity got from point A to B is kind of left to the imagination.  However, the story is compelling and I like Kira as the protagonist of the story.  The mark of a successful read for me is in part an answer to the question of whether I can I envision and imagine it as I am reading it.  In this case, I could imagine the scenes taking place as if I was watching them rather then reading them.  Overall, I was entertained and would recommend it to anyone looking for the next thing to read after Hunger Games, Matched, or Divergent.

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