Review: Partials

2.21.2012
Partials by Dan Wells
Expected publication: February 28th 2012 by Balzer + Bray 
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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.

I always promised myself I'd be honest in my reviews, so I have to be honest: I almost completely hated the first half of Partials. It's full of so many terms that I don't think are explained well enough - the Hope Act, the Voice, Defense Grid, the Partials, and even more. Eventually I was able to guess what they were from the things people say, it was extremely frustrating for me.


And then there's Kira's boyfriend, Marcus. It wasn't only the first half I didn't like him, it was the entire book. Maybe because I just find him boring, I'm not sure.

The thing is that I feel like nothing gets done in the first half. It's mainly just a bunch of confusion for people like me and all of the characters trying to control one another. I almost stopped reading. The beginning alone is probably a one or two star for me.



But I kept going, and I'm so glad I did. It got interesting as soon as Samm, a Partial - an engineered being that can easily be mistaken for a human - came into the picture. There aren't really any hints of it, but I have high hopes that Samm and Kira will end up together by the end of this series. Just because I love him so much. 


Partials is written in third person, and while I don't have problems with it, it's not very often that it happens. Dan Wells did a great job with it, and I completely loved Kira. She's not afraid to stand up for what she believes in, and she's definitely a kickass heroine.


That fact that Partials is so original is almost surprising. There are so many dystopians right now that they're all starting to blend together for me with all their similar plots. But Partials is so different that it's amazing. There are so many new concepts explored that you can't help but be interested.

Overall: Once I got past the first half, Partials was a very original, action-packed book full of hope and desperation. I have so many questions, but not in a bad way. I can't wait to see how everything is explored in the next book. 4 stars. 

~Zoey~
14 comments on "Review: Partials"
  1. Ahhhh, all those reviews of Partials will drive me crazy, I so want to read it myself!

    And I'm surprised (and glad) it's in 3rd person. Too many dystopian books I've read and disliked were in 1st person. ;)

    Thanks for the review!

    Agnieszka @ Nook of Books

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  2. This is one of the books I have been really looking forward to. So far all the reviews I have read are great. It's a shame it was slow to begin with, but it sounds like it makes up for the slow beginning. Great review!

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  3. I've been wanting to read this book since I first saw it. I'm so glad it's a good read. Slightly frustrating that it leaves questions unanswered, but what series doesn't? Sounds fabulous!

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  4. It's cool how you can push yourself past an entire first section and go on to read a book and actually enjoy it. Good review!

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  5. Blehhh for bad first half but YAY AWESOME SECOND HALF. I've heard really good things about this one, so I'll just try and stick it out for the beginning. :P

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  6. I've noticed that a lot of people felt like they didn't like the first part of the book...felt like it was too slow. But I loved the whole book!!! I thought it was AWESOME! Marcus' being so needy bothered me but there were moments that I found him pretty funny. Samm for sure made the story SOOOO much better! I ♥ him! But my fave characters were Kira and Xochi.

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  7. sounds good but still on the fence
    rad review zoey

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  8. I have been seeing this book pop up a lot lately! I love that you said it was so original even if you hated the beginning. I'm glad the book bounced back tremendously for you, I like it when a book does that. Fantastic review!

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  9. I couldn't really get into this book that well, so I gave up. I've been hearing lots of great things about it, however, so I'll have to try again soon, I guess! Thanks for the review, Zoey!

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  10. I want to read this SO. BAD. I pre-ordered it, just waiting for it to get here!! It's a shame about the first half, but I'll definitely keep in mind that the end is worth it so I don't give up. My attention span is rather short >.>

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  11. Great honest review. The fact that you hated the first half and ended up liking it enough to give it 4 stars says something! Also- you plan to read more in the series. Glad the book ended up being better than the beginning!

    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

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  12. This book sounds really interesting! I love Dan Well's other books, so I might have to give this one a try too. Great review! :)

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  13. I've had this one on my wishlist since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC- Lisa Richards
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  14. This book sounds so interesting, and the great review makes it even better! I can't wait to read this book to find out what it's about.

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2.21.2012

Review: Partials

Partials by Dan Wells
Expected publication: February 28th 2012 by Balzer + Bray 
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

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.

I always promised myself I'd be honest in my reviews, so I have to be honest: I almost completely hated the first half of Partials. It's full of so many terms that I don't think are explained well enough - the Hope Act, the Voice, Defense Grid, the Partials, and even more. Eventually I was able to guess what they were from the things people say, it was extremely frustrating for me.


And then there's Kira's boyfriend, Marcus. It wasn't only the first half I didn't like him, it was the entire book. Maybe because I just find him boring, I'm not sure.

The thing is that I feel like nothing gets done in the first half. It's mainly just a bunch of confusion for people like me and all of the characters trying to control one another. I almost stopped reading. The beginning alone is probably a one or two star for me.



But I kept going, and I'm so glad I did. It got interesting as soon as Samm, a Partial - an engineered being that can easily be mistaken for a human - came into the picture. There aren't really any hints of it, but I have high hopes that Samm and Kira will end up together by the end of this series. Just because I love him so much. 


Partials is written in third person, and while I don't have problems with it, it's not very often that it happens. Dan Wells did a great job with it, and I completely loved Kira. She's not afraid to stand up for what she believes in, and she's definitely a kickass heroine.


That fact that Partials is so original is almost surprising. There are so many dystopians right now that they're all starting to blend together for me with all their similar plots. But Partials is so different that it's amazing. There are so many new concepts explored that you can't help but be interested.

Overall: Once I got past the first half, Partials was a very original, action-packed book full of hope and desperation. I have so many questions, but not in a bad way. I can't wait to see how everything is explored in the next book. 4 stars. 

~Zoey~

14 comments:

  1. Ahhhh, all those reviews of Partials will drive me crazy, I so want to read it myself!

    And I'm surprised (and glad) it's in 3rd person. Too many dystopian books I've read and disliked were in 1st person. ;)

    Thanks for the review!

    Agnieszka @ Nook of Books

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  2. This is one of the books I have been really looking forward to. So far all the reviews I have read are great. It's a shame it was slow to begin with, but it sounds like it makes up for the slow beginning. Great review!

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  3. I've been wanting to read this book since I first saw it. I'm so glad it's a good read. Slightly frustrating that it leaves questions unanswered, but what series doesn't? Sounds fabulous!

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  4. It's cool how you can push yourself past an entire first section and go on to read a book and actually enjoy it. Good review!

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  5. Blehhh for bad first half but YAY AWESOME SECOND HALF. I've heard really good things about this one, so I'll just try and stick it out for the beginning. :P

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  6. I've noticed that a lot of people felt like they didn't like the first part of the book...felt like it was too slow. But I loved the whole book!!! I thought it was AWESOME! Marcus' being so needy bothered me but there were moments that I found him pretty funny. Samm for sure made the story SOOOO much better! I ♥ him! But my fave characters were Kira and Xochi.

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  7. sounds good but still on the fence
    rad review zoey

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  8. I have been seeing this book pop up a lot lately! I love that you said it was so original even if you hated the beginning. I'm glad the book bounced back tremendously for you, I like it when a book does that. Fantastic review!

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  9. I couldn't really get into this book that well, so I gave up. I've been hearing lots of great things about it, however, so I'll have to try again soon, I guess! Thanks for the review, Zoey!

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  10. I want to read this SO. BAD. I pre-ordered it, just waiting for it to get here!! It's a shame about the first half, but I'll definitely keep in mind that the end is worth it so I don't give up. My attention span is rather short >.>

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  11. Great honest review. The fact that you hated the first half and ended up liking it enough to give it 4 stars says something! Also- you plan to read more in the series. Glad the book ended up being better than the beginning!

    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

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  12. This book sounds really interesting! I love Dan Well's other books, so I might have to give this one a try too. Great review! :)

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  13. I've had this one on my wishlist since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC- Lisa Richards
    (\___/)
    (='.'=)
    (")_(")
    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

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  14. This book sounds so interesting, and the great review makes it even better! I can't wait to read this book to find out what it's about.

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