Author: Dan Wells
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
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.
The world has ended. The remaining humans have hauled up on Long Island, NY. The only problem? They cannot successfully reproduce. With the human race on an accelerated path to extinction humans are being forced to the breaking point. With the mysterious Voice staging attacked all over Long Island and the government forcing teenagers to get pregnant as soon as possible and as often as possible hoping that more babies means a better chance of survival. When Kira’s best friend becomes pregnant it is her mission to make sure that she survives.
What I thought:
I loved this book! If you are a fan of Will Smith’s “I Am Legend” and “I-Robot” you are going to love this YA book! Kira is a kick-butt teenage girl with a passion for saving the human race, even when it seems everyone else has given in to the grim reality of life. Kira is such an inspiring female lead that conquers over many other YA books to show girls that they can be both strong and passionate.
The addition of Samm (yes two M’s) into the book was fantastic. Readers will be immediately drawn to this mysterious and dangerous creature. Oh, and did I mention he was a Partial? On a mission into Manhattan to capture a Partial for research Kira comes home with Samm. While Kira’s life is turned upside down by the government and the terrorist group The Voice, Samm reveals some startling information that will force Kira onto yet another journey.
Throughout Partials Kira has to go through several journey’s. Her story is not a singular harsh event she has to overcome it is several right after each other. That is one of the reasons that made me love Partials. It is a journey that reminded me of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa, another book that I absolutely adored.