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Partials (Partials, #1)

Partials by Dan Wells

My Rating: 4 Stars

What can I say about Partials?

First off, I must point out that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and while there were certain aspects of it that annoyed me, I don’t regret one minute spent on this novel and have to mention that it’s one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a long time.

Kira is a sixteen year old nursing intern who has grown up an a post-apocalyptic safe-zone. The leaders of their community have passed the “Hope Act”, a pregnancy requirement for woman of 18 years and older, in hopes of regenerating the population. The only thing is, all of the babies keep dying.

Mankind was wiped out by a specialized virus, created by “Partials”, robotic super-soldiers that took over the world in a bid for their freedon. This virus lies stagnant in the air, but kills all newborns within days of their birth. Kira and her community are the last surviving humans, immune to the virus.

When Kira’s best friend becomes pregnant, she is forced to action in hopes to find a cure for the virus and save her friend’s unborn child.
Partials is a tale of Kira’s journey into Partial territory on her mission to cure this murderous disease. On the way, she makes unlikely friends and discovers things about herself that she never would have guessed.

I had read nothing of Partials when I began the book, I didn’t even read a review. I saw the description and in my post-apocalyptic fandome, had to give it a shot.

My first thought is: Wow.

This book is well thought out and researched, and while there were some things that wouldn’t make sense to most readers, I enjoyed the experience that came from reading this book.

Going into it, red flags instantly went up when Jayden entered the novel. I worried that it would turn into some sort of love triangle between him, Kira, and Marcus, but as I continued reading, nothing developed so my worries were shushued.

I had a hard time picturing the characters because any sort of physical discriptions were only hinted later in the book. It took until 14% into the book for us to find out that Kira was of Indian descent.

A few things bothered me about the time setting as well. We were never actually told what time this book takes place in, and at one point, a memory was described as the ‘40’s, but did not fit the description of the 1940’s at all. This makes me think that maybe it took place after the 2040’s, but I feel like the world would have changed more than it does in the novel by that time.

The giant twist we find out about four fifths of the way into the book was easily discernable early in the story. I guessed it at 25%. Some giant events will happen within paragraphs which also got on my nervs.
The scientific aspect of this book interested me greatly. I am not a scientific person, I tend to get lot easily in those type of things, but the scientific explainations in the novel were specific, yet easy to understand. It definitely showed how well researched the book is, and made easy to understand. I have to thank the author for that.

One thing that I feel is super important to point out is if you don’t like reading Kudzu every seven chapters, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. If you can handle the repetitive nature of this (out of place) plant, then go ahead 🙂

A lot of things go unexplained in the novel, but I see this as leaving plots open for the following books.

Overall, I would suggest this book for anyone interested in any sort of post-apocalyptic setting or dystopian future. It was also a really good break from the normal dystopian-running-from-the-government plots we see all the time, this one had more of a political POV.

Please don’t take my review to be negative. Sometimes when I take notes on a novel, I nitpick, but I have to say, this book summed up really nicely and I recommend it completely.

Enjoy your reading 🙂

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