Saturday, October 27, 2012

Partials by Dan Wells

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.

Soo, it was a good book, though it felt very first-novel-y. Still, I quite liked it. It's definitely not to the raving point, but it was fairly suspenseful and kept me reading. I liked the different spin on the apocalypse/dystopian society theme; it seemed fresh and had some interesting new elements like the pregnancy laws. The science geek in me also appreciated seeing from Kira's point of view, especially as she was puzzling over the structures of RM and whatnot. I think that's an appealing point, if you're into viruses and/or science. The characters were fairly fleshed-out, though sometimes I had a hard time differentiating between the minor male characters--I dunno why, they just weren't very unique to me. Still, that wasn't a problem with the main characters. Overall, I liked the book and'll definitely read the second one when it comes out. I really recommend it--it's at Kettleson.
P.S. Check out the side bar for some info about a new library event coming up--it should be fun!

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