Partials (Partials Sequence Series #1)

Partials (Partials Sequence Series #1)

by Dan Wells


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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.

Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.

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ISBN-13: 9780062071057
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/26/2013
Series: Partials Sequence Series , #1
Pages: 472
Sales rank: 109,376
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 7.82(h) x 1.27(d)
Lexile: HL810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Dan Wells is the author of Partials and Fragments, as well as the John Cleaver series: I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don’t Want To Kill You. He has been nominated for both the Hugo and the Campbell Award and has won two Parsec Awards for his podcast, Writing Excuses. He plays a lot of games, reads a lot of books, and eats a lot of food, which is pretty much the ideal life he imagined for himself as a child.

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Truly_Bookish More than 1 year ago
I love dystopian and post apocalyptic stories, especially the ones with solid science fiction elements included. Partials is heavier on the science than most YA sci-fi books I’ve read recently but don’t let that daunt you. Dan Wells expertly weaves the science elements with action and romance that creates a fascinating book that had me glued to the pages. Partials is set in 2076 in the aftermath of a war, a rebellion and a virus that wiped out most of the population. The humans who survived have made a stand on Long Island, barricading themselves against the partials, genetically engineered humanoid soldiers, and against human rebels who oppose the government. Instead of a big, faceless, evil government in most dystopias, this survivor community is run by a small but devious and power hungry group of senators. Before I start talking about the individual characters, I have to give Dan Wells massive kudos for including a racially diverse group of people in his novel. As a reader who loves to see multi-culturalism in fiction, I am thrilled to tell you that the population of survivors looks a lot like the world’s current population and the story is richer because of it. Kira is a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training who is super smart and determined. Weary of seeing newborn babies die from the virus and knowing that the government is not close to finding a cure, Kira comes up with a crazy, desperate plan to find a solution before her best friend’s baby is born. Kira is not the kick-butt character you typically see in dystopia but she is brilliant, brave, a quick thinker and has devoted herself completely to finding a cure. It’s her all-in attitude that makes her so awesome. Kira’s boyfriend, Marcus, is sweet and loves her but they have different priorities. Marcus wants to live a happy, safe life with Kira and let others worry about humanity’s future. Samm is the partial that Kira helps to kidnap and study and while there is no love triangle in this first book, I can see the possibility of some romantic tension in the sequel. Normally I don’t like love triangles but I may be in favor of one in this case. In the sea of dystopian/post apocalyptic YA novels, Partials stands out from the rest. Awesome world building, exciting action scenes along with betrayals and fantastic plot twists make Partials a great read. I cannot wait for Fragments, the next book in the series, to be released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is up there with some of my favorites 1. Interesting idea- geneticaly engineered people made to fight for us kill us and the survivors can not find a cure for saving babies 2. Dynamic characters- main character Kira strong female lead in the book, Marcus funny caring, Samm enemy and friend, Haru opinionated daring, Xochi smart helpful strong, Jayden tough reliable daring 3. Amazing action- its perfect not too gory but extremely real and exciting 4. Placement of events- you can never guess whats coming next with easy to follow twists in the plot leaving you on the edge of your seat about Kiras next move 5. Cover- its interesting, has a part in the book, cool to look at Theres more but i dont want a long boring review so youll just have to read the book If you enjoyed this book try: Hollowland Amanda Hocking Eden Keary Taylor Arena One Morgan Rice Skinned Robin Wasserman These books all have strong female lead roles, dystopian futures, Robotic and or genetically changed enemies, action packed scenes
Shatterbooks More than 1 year ago
Well let's just say I cant believe I put this book down! I was always excited to read this. I'm happy that I finished it! Even though it ended with a cliff hanger... Plus the cover is gorgeous! First chapter: The world is destroy by partials 11 years ago. Now they are trying to rebuild but the problem is they can't reproduce. Every time a baby is born, it dies in secs. They have no idea why. Kira is one of the nurses and she hates how baby are dying and no one is doing anything about it except write down information. Kira is a independent person. A very strong woman. Even though she's only a teenager. If she says to do something, you will do it! I love everything about her! Kira and Marcus: They are cute :) I love the romance between them. I love how they always argue with each other. They seem more real. Kira keeps turning Marcus down. I love Samm! I love the relationship between him and Kira. I'm hoping to see more of them in the future! :) I definitely love her friends. They are so supportive! There's a whole lot of action in this book. I just love it so much! One of my favorite books in 2012. You will definitely love this book! I promise you!
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
Partial is the first novel, in a new series by Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer. In this YA, post-apocalyptic dystopia the year is 2076. It has been eleven years since the uprising of the Partials; a group of engineered organic beings who released a virus known as RM. This virus wiped out most of humanity and left the few remaining unable to produce living offspring. Wells took me on a fast paced, breathtaking ride and left me wanting more. The world-building in this novel is fantastic, unique, and believable. Wells painted a world that I could see, and his attention to detail had me riveted. The plot is engaging, and not a page was wasted in the development, and movement of this story. I became completely engrossed, and the rest of my world faded away. The remaining humans are living in or around, Long Island, NY. They are frantically trying to find a cure for RM to stop their dwindling numbers. The community is governed by a small senate that passes laws to ensure the continued existence of mankind. One such law is the Hope Act. It states that every female must become pregnant at the age of eighteen. These women give birth over and over again. For eleven years they have studied and tested but no child has survived. This Act caused friction within the community, and some left; becoming a group known as the Voice. Violent outbreaks, and theft have become a source of tension between the two. The Partials haven’t been seen in eleven years, but both sides fear an attack. Protagonist Kira is a sixteen year old medic in training. Wells has created a strong, fearless, and bright heroine. I immediately connected and saw her as a believable leader. Despite her age, Kira is wise beyond her years, and wants to find a cure for RM. Wells gives us a female character who can think for herself regardless of her friends opinions. Kira believes that the cure is connected with the source of the infection, and wants to study a Partial. Despite being forbidden to do so, she, and a team of her friends head out in search of one. The tale that unfolds is stunning, mind-boggling and one of the best I have read. I truly cannot wait to get my hands on book two. I want to thank netGalley and HarperCollins for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
danja More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was a very entertaining read. hoping for a sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a pretty good book as far as dystopian Young Adult (YA) stories go. I do not usually enjoy YA, as I am an adult and not the target audience. Even if you are an adult, this book is worth your time and money to read it on a Nook Tablet. Its pacing is a little odd. Some parts feel rushed while others are painfully over detailed. But its a good story. The characters are semi likeable. However, they do act like teenagers in that they are very impulsive, puppy love, generalized confusion, and strong desire to make things right. Even when nothing is logically feasible these teens go for it anyway. Honestly, the group believes that any consequeces or repercussions are going to be easily resolved, exactly like kids today. I am not saying that all teens are reckless, impulsive, strongly distrust authority figures. Some are high functioning, and brilliant. But its not the norm for teens. Being a teenager is difficult because during puberty the human brain does a full overhaul. The same kind of changes also happen between birth and age 5. Then things are set, until one grows up and enters the teen years. This time the brain starts rewiring the emotiinal centers of the brain first. This leads to a lot of confusion (emotionally) and "drama" in their outside and inside world. Finally the logic centers are rewired. Thank goodness because in the end you have a young person who is well balanced internally again I think that the author either has teens at home or has done a lot of research. I respect that. His characters act just like real teens high on crazy idealism train that drives their actions. The most teen-ish idea is the main character's (Kyra's) feelings of immortality. Even while Kyra admits that death is a possibility, she doesn't really believe that she, personally, will die. Obviously, as readers, we know that the main character cannot die-off in the first book. really believe that they can do anything and that the repercussions wont be too severe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed everything about this book. I read a lot and have read just about every book of this "type" that has come out in the last few years. This is one of the few that had completely unique ideas and refreshing dialogue. I am definitely looking forward to the next installment in this trillogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Partials is an exciting book, filled with mystery and action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It was fabulous. A great read for the summer if you need a good book. I can't wait to read the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a refreshingly different book tht i really enjoyed. Something i think anyone who liked the hunger games should read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live on long island so it was so cool to actually know the spots this book mentioned! An overall great read with an interesting plot although its a little confusing at times. I give it 4.5 stars.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a unique take on the end of the world senerio. While it was not my favorite book the plot was well thought out and a major twist at the end. While the writing did not grab me it was packed with action that kept the book moving. It was pretty long and was very discriptive in science and military lingo. The dialog tended to repeat itself to remind you of important facts, but really were not necessary. In all a good read ill read the second.
Ashley-at-Nook-of-Books More than 1 year ago
I am late to the game with this series. I have read so many great reviews I just had to pick it up. I found this was a very interesting dystopian. The idea behind the book is great, and I kept reading because I was so fascinated by it. Humans love to try and play God. If we could create super soldiers to save our own. I can see that happening. Especially in the US. How would we treat them after the war was over? That is the question. I can not imagine the feeling when you only see numbers dwindling in population and no cure for the virus that kills babies as soon as they are born. I can't imagine a world with out babies and toddlers. I can't imagine being forced to become pregnant at an early in life, and carry the baby only to see it die at birth. It would be a world so hard to have any kind of hope in, and not just give up. Kira, our main character, is someone I really enjoyed reading about. She lets herself accept something she has grown to hate, and realizes maybe they need each other. She goes against the grain to fight for what her tells her is right. She will do whatever it takes for her to accomplish the goals she wants to happen. She learns that she is far more capable then she thought possible. I found her to be a brave and likeable character. Overall, I really enjoyed this. I have read Fragments (Review will follow soon) already, and can't wait to find out the rest of the story. If you haven't read this one yet. Hop to it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me blown away! I was in awe from dan wells ability to write and explain in detail, science topics and created a plausible end of the world scenario. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and all the characters that helped developed it. By the end of the novel I couldn't think of anything else and immediately had to start Fragments ( the second book). Definitely one of my top favorite books!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Fragments is equally good if not better. Too bad the wait for book 3 (ruins) is so long!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! I really enjoyed this. It was slow at first but soon it becomes a gripping, exciting novel with lots of twists and turns! I would reccomend this to any fellow teen dystopian fans, seeing as I'm 13.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected this to be alot like Eden, and the basic plot was, but the story was far more complex and deep, in Eden Eve couldent feel or understand the emotions around her, and the story was mostly about her learning to be human, and less about the situation. This book was more about the situation, and we saw less of a love story, and more of a determination story. It was fantastic.
BookWhales More than 1 year ago
What if the only hope for Humanity isn’t Human? Partials is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel where we see the world, eleven years since the break where humans are slowly faltering, and the babies born from each woman most inevitably dies because of a virus they called the RM which hindered the survival of newborns. We follow Kira Walker, a medic in training as she struggles to find the cure for this virus which slowly wipes out the human race. Danger lurks in every direction, and dark secrets begin to spill. The only word I can say for this book is WOW!! Really! Wow! Partial is such a brilliant novel that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. There were no dull moments at all and I easily devoured it in one sitting! Let’s start with the characters. Each of them was well developed and I found myself loving every single one of them! Kira is a very inspiring heroine. At such a young age, she already thinks maturely. She’s strong, independent, determined and very dedicated to her role as a medic. She’s also an idealist who aspires something that everyone believed is already impossible: Finding a cure for the deadly RM virus. She believed in that one goal and she’s willing to risk everything to find it, even if she dies just to achieve it. I really admired her for that. Marcus, her boyfriend is a really sweet guy. During serious moments, he never fails to lighten the mood with his antics. Of all Kira’s adoptive sisters, I loved Xochi the most. She’s one tough girl and is not afraid to say what she thinks is right. And I most definitely can NOT forget Samm, our hot, kick-ass partial! Yum! Next is the plot. Dan Wells is a genius for writing such a magnificent book that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The storyline is unique and Kira’s world was wonderfully made and very realistic. There were a lot of medical terms and processes that I really tried to understand. Being a graduate from the medical field, I thoroughly enjoyed every explanation about the virus and everything just seemed plausible! Another thing I loved in this book is that Romance only played a very, very minor role. Survival was the main plot here, and it’s something new for me! (And although I liked Kira and Marcus, I can’t help but root for Kira and Samm as well!) The writing style was really amazing. The book was brilliantly written in such a way that it’s easy to understand, not boring, and even though there were a lot of information about the virus and the medicines, I didn’t have these “info dump” feeling at all. Over all, Partials is the best book I’ve read this month so far and it was instantly included on my favorite books! I love, love, love this book! I am definitely stalking the next book, Fragments and I cannot wait for it to come out. I give this book five awesome whales.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, so many twists. A definite page turner. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I highly recommend this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So refreshing! So new! So many twists and turns but in all the right ways that dont leave tou screaming at the main character about stupid decisions youd never do. I absolutely loooove the take on everything and the plot line. Suuuch a juicy juicy read and i feel lucky to habe found this book!
anoveltoybox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Originally Posted at A Novel Toybox:Dan Wells's Partials is how a post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel should be. Not only is Partials entertaining, but left me questioning about what it means to be human. Wells creates a riveting story, packed with realistic multi-dimensional characters, heart-pounding action, and suspense that will leave you wanting more. Wells knows how to build a word while telling a captivating story. Partials is the sci-fi book for people that don't read sci-fi.A brilliant dystopian novel always leaves me with introspective questions, and Partials did just that. Partials left me thinking about the ethics behind man-made humanity and what makes the Partials "scary" (as opposed to just another ethic group, who just happens to be gifted with extra strength and health); if Partials are stronger, healthier, and are just like humans aside from a few differences in DNA, then why don't we all become Partials already? If everyone had super strength (through steroids or something), then the Partials would not be feared, right?Plot:Sixteen year old medic, Kira Walker is one of the forty thousand lucky survivors of The Break eleven years ago in Long Island. A deadly virus has wiped out not only the rest of the population but any hope for rebuilding it for the virus also affects newborns. In a desperate attempt to preserve the species, teenagers are to be impregnated like cattle incessantly in hopes of having one lucky survivor.However, the virus is not their only worry. The Partials, a group of man-made genetically modified beings made for military reasons, is an impending threat. They are stronger, healthier, and immune to the virus. Kira sets off on a journey to find them and to find a cure for the virus that obliterated humanity--only to find some secrets she rather not know.Dystopian World:Partials felt like a dystopian novel with their flawed government which would do quite well as a PR company. Even though calling the society an "utopia" would be stretching it since there are riots, and women are forced to breed. But being one of the few people left on the world, you don't have to pay for anything. Since the population is borderline extinct, your health (especially if you are pregnant) is valued. You don't need to worry about paying for clothes since you can just go to your favorite, abandoned store and grab whatever you desire (I know I would head straight to the Apple store to grab a few IPads and IPhones). If you think going to a store is too troublesome, just go next door; if the house is empty, the previous owners are probably dead, so you might as well take their stuff and their house too if you are inclined. Ok, there's that problem with electricity, and no cars...but traveling by horseback sounds fun too.Sci-fi:I'm a Science-fiction fan, but even for those who aren't, Partials keeps the fancy scientific stuff to a minimum: enough for explanations, but not so much that you end up lost. To be honest, despite my best efforts, I glazed over the science stuff. Something about several forms of the virus that transforms into a blob, and something about canceling out the virus with pheromones. Since Science isn't one of my strengths, and Kira is the medic, I will just take her word for it.Characters:Whenever Kira is with a group of people, I get extremely confused. So many of them get introduced, only to disappear...or reappear later, but by then I've already forgot who they are. The characters are what makes the story "young adult." Even if they are all teenagers, they have jobs, and their own houses--like children who are desperately trying to be an "adult." At one point they try to fight for the right to be tried as an "adult." But while they are given "adult" responsibilities, their logic is a too rash, and feels naive.Kira: I am conflicted about her. I can't say I like her, but she did feel real. She is too naive, and drags people with her stupidity, but perhaps her positivity is what gives her peers hope. S
Loyet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very slow start. I almost gave up, but then it get somewhat interesting about halfway through. It still just fell flat for me overall though.
Mariah7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Partials was a great read. I read it in three sittings and it definitely kept me interested. Kira is a strong female character and is not to be messed with. :) Marcus, Kira's boyfriend, was by far my favorite character. He had me laughing out loud(which i dont do often while reading). He was great and their relationship/romance was not like the normal gushy, mushy annoying teenage love. It was the perfect amount. Im really glad I bought this book so I can reread it...there was a lot of science stuff and I think I/You will get more out of it after a second time.The only complaint I have is there were too many characters. All the senators kind of formed into one and I couldnt keep them apart. I cant wait for the second one. :)
Kaydence on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Partials by Dan Wells Product Details ISBN-13: 9780062071040 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 2/28/2012 Pages: 480 Sales rank: 27,894 Age range: 14 ¿ 17 Years Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.60 (d) I¿ve been on apocalyptic trip lately; I think the last 5 YA books that I have reviewed have been an ¿after the world ends¿ novel. This will be the last one in this category for a little bit I think. I enjoyed Partials, but it was way longer than it needed to be. Summary: Kira is a medic working in the maternity ward. She¿s only been there for a little while and has already seen the death of several babies. Since the Partial war and the release of the plague virus RM, new births have not been possible. The only survivors have some immunity to RM, but the babies do not. The council is doing all that they can to increase the chances of survival for the human species, but their actions have consequences. The HOPE act has been put into place forcing all women over the age of 18 to become pregnant as often as possible. This has caused unrest in the community, and a new group called the Voice has begun to rebel. As the council begins to contemplate lowering the age of pregnancy to 16, the Voice pushes harder blowing up buildings and generally causing unrest. Kira also has an idea on how to research a new cure for RM. She wants to go into New York city and capture a Partial to test on. Backing up slightly, a partial is a manufactured humanoid that was developed to be a war machine. They look exactly like a human, but are virtually unstoppable. After their job was done in the war, they ended up turning against humans and causing the Partial war. At this time, RM was released and wiped out most of the human race. Fast forwarding again, Kira and a group of friends travel to Manhattan to get a test subject to cure RM and save the human race. My thoughts: I already said this, but this book was REALLY long. Overall, it was not that there was a lot of pages, it just seemed like there were several story lines that were introduced and then solved. I am very certain that this is going to be a serial book, so why shove so much in the first one? Kira is a likeable character. She is very intelligent and trusting. I like the fact that she reveals prejudice and fights against it. I think that is a very positive message throughout the book. I don¿t like how the adults are all bad or killed off. Any time that a new adult was brought up, you could bet that they were evil or going to die. After the first couple of pages, this was evident. ¿-SPOILER ALERT¿- I wanted the book to end once the kids escape with the Partial. I felt like that was a natural end to all of the adventures that they had gone through. Then, the development of the activities that happen with the other Partials could have been detailed within their own book. I would have liked to have more insight into the Partial world once Kira is captured, but if it was incorporated into this book it would have been upwards of 700 pages. This is really what drew me away from the second part of the book. There were just too many beginnings and ends for me.Rating: 3 stars. I liked it, but would have preferred it to not go on as long as it did.