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Monday, February 27, 2012

Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Partials by Dan Wells
Expected Publication Date: February 28th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 472 pages
Format: E-ARC
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon
*I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are mine*
Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials--engineered organic beings identical to humans--has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.

When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.

Combining the fast-paced action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Battlestar Galactica, Partials is a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question--one where our sense of humanity is both our greatest liability, and our only hope for survival.
When I first read the synopsis for this book I was so excited I couldn't contain myself. Sadly, I have really mixed feelings about it now. The beginning was really slow, I didn't feel like much was happening, or a lot of stuff was happening but it was overly described which just served to bore me. Enough was happening to keep me interested, and about 250 pages in things finally started to pick up! The ending was a complete cliff-hanger and now I'm just dying for the next one!

Kira is a great protagonist; she's strong, independent, smart, and sassy. I really liked how she took initiative to basically save the human race, despite the fact that she's only 16. She never took "no" for an answer, which definitely reminded me of me :). Her friends are all really fantastic people who completely support her no matter what kind of crazy thing she wants to do next. Although her boyfriend, Marcus, tries to tell her what to do a lot, he has good intentions and he was definitely a sweet-heart. I do wish there was a little more romance between the two, since I'm a big YA romance junkie, but at least there wasn't some stupid love-triangle.

The writing is really in depth, and there is a lot of thorough world-building going on, but sometimes I felt like it was too much. I tended to skip over a lot of paragraphs, simply because I was getting bored with whatever was happening. The story is also really medical, since Kira is trying to find a cure for RM, and I had a hard time following what was happening with that most of the time. Science and I do not mix, so it was hard for me to focus on all the medical jargon and testing and what not. The story really picks up in the last 200 pages though and a lot of stuff starts happening and things are revealed and people DIE! By then, I was screaming and reading furiously and I just had to know what was going to happen!!!

Overall, I liked Partials enough to continue reading and eventually I was really into it. I wish it hadn't taken me so long to get into the story, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The ending is definitely an incredible cliff-hanger and I can't wait to find out what Dan Wells has up his sleeve for the next book! Fans of dystopian and sci fi will like this one, but if you need romance in your novels you won't really find it here!


  1. hmmm, sounds a bit like a mixed one. I'll still give it a go but thanks for the informative review :)

  2. I pre-ordered this one after reading a TON of glowing pre-release reviews. I'm really glad I came across your review. Though not glowing it's very informative and helpful. Thank you!

  3. Greet review! I have been really looking forward to Partials. I might even break my book buying ban for it. I think it sounds really interesting. I am really glad that there's not really a romance. (especially a love triangle) I really enjoy them, but it's a refreshing change to have a book that isn't heavy with it.

  4. Oh wow, I have very high expectations from this and to know that there is a cliffhanger and an incredible one is just awesome! I hope it's a great read! Good review, Anna!

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

  5. Great review! I was a bit hesistant on buying Partials. It sounds really good but I have heard from quite a lot of people that it starts off really slow. I am all for world building but sometimes it can get to be a bit much. What interests me though is the medical stuff. I am a bit of a huge science nerd so I think I might actually enjoy that part of it. I'll probably still check this out but I won't be running to buy it when it does comes out.

  6. I gave it 4/5. I felt the same way about the beginning, and about Kira, great review!

  7. Yay! I'm happy you ended up enjoying it. Can't wait for book 2! :)

  8. thanks for the review. i really want to read this one. i really like the premise and i kind of like medical/disease books so it might be a faster read for me.

  9. I felt the exact same way when I first saw this book!! It just sounded so cool, and it made me want to read it especially because I have the biggest weakness for dystopian books LOL! x) But it's too bad that it left you with mixed feelings! With how many books on our TBR piles now, I tend to be a little less patient with books that are slower too. But the end of this book sounds really INTENSE! :)

    Still, amazing honest review, Anna! <3 Thank you so much for the warning on the slow beginning -- now at least I know what to expect! ;)

  10. Yep, everyone is sort of saying the same thing about this one. Too much science not enough romance. I disagree, I LOVED it, but I think a lot of people are going to have issues with it.

  11. Once again, we have fallen on opposite sides, opinion-wise. :-) I loved Partials so much! I'm not a science person either, but I found this so interesting and easy to follow. And thank goodness there wasn't a triangle. What a nice change! I'm glad you ended up enjoying Partials. Nice review!

  12. Well meh... I need me my romance!! :P Oh well, now I'm just reading it so that I can know at the signing what happens in the book

  13. I'm still on the fence about this one, but I do dig sci fi and no romance is better than a I'll have to keep this in consideration!

  14. I just got a copy of this and I'm not sure if I want to read it or not.. Science and I don't really mix either, and I also need my romance! haha I'll probably still read this eventually, but I'm not making it a priority.

  15. I am in complete agreement with you on Kira. She was such a great main character! The scienctific stuff was actually one of my favorite parts of the story, but at sometimes it did get to be too much. I can't wait for the next one, either :0)

  16. I loved this book and Kara was of the best I have read in 2012. Great review, I am glad you got into it!


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