Book Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Book Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Pub. Date: 28th February 2012 (US) 29th March 2012 (UK)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (US) HarperCollins Children’s Books (UK)
Pages: 480
Series: Partials (#1)
Readership: Young adult
Genres: Science fiction

Partials is a wondrous science fiction adventure fighting to reach an end goal as immense as it can be: to save humanity.

The human race is all but extinct, wiped out by a killer virus released by genetically engineered soldiers – Partials. Sixteen-year-old Kira is trapped on Long Island. Her community clings to survival, but what hope can they have when no baby survives for more than three days. Kira is determined to make a difference, to find a cure. Her best friend is pregnant and Kira cannot let the baby die. Time is running out, and finding the cure means capturing a Partial…

I revelled in the fictional scientific theories and evidence at the root of this novel. Dan Wells clearly put a lot of thought into the creation of Partials, the destructive virus – RM – that’s causing every baby born to die, and Kira’s attempt at discovering a cure. Although, the fact that it a teenager at the forefront of curing RM brought me back to reality, because, even though it is common for the teenager to be the hero in young adult novels, I couldn’t help but think that these educated, intelligent adults wouldn’t be as useless and obstinate as they appear to be. The politics, however, felt extremely real, and this is where the story becomes slightly dystopic.

Unexpectedly, I found myself most wanting to find out more about the enigmatic and complex Partial – Samm – who has been captured by Kira and friends. I delved into the book thinking that the relationship would be clear: humans will be the victims, and Partials are just artificially-created robots turned evil. However, like in I, Robot, it is much more complicated than that.

Partials is certainly a journey to behold. It’s full of action and adventure, perhaps a little too much for me, but it also offers fascinating insight into what it is to be human. Are we the only species worth saving?

Go here to view Partials’ impressive cinematic book trailer.

Thank you to the publisher for providing this book for review!

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