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Partials (Partials, Book 1) by [Wells, Dan]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Partials Sequence (3 Book Series)

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"Mr. Wells has recombined familiar dystopian elements, added original ones and thrown in dashes of dry wit to create a sprawling, action-packed medical thriller full of big ideas and exciting reversals."--Wall Street Journal

"A thrilling sci-fi adrenaline rush, with one of the most compelling and frightening visions of Earth's future I've seen yet. I couldn't put it down."--Pittacus Lore, #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Am Number Four

"A dark, wild ride."--Kirkus Reviews

"Readers who enjoy headstrong feminist leads making their way . . . in the not-too-distant future will find plenty to like in Partials."--Los Angeles Times

"Wells creates a compelling, fantastically complex post-apocalyptic landscape, adding thought-provoking twists to a classic story of humanity creating its own doom...With broad cross-genre appeal and an engaging balance of thematic depth and rip-roaring action, this winner will leave readers clamoring for sequels."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

A thrilling sci-fi adrenaline rush, with one of the most compelling and frightening visions of Earth s future I ve seen yet. I couldn t put it down. --Pittacus Lore, #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Am Number Four"

Wells creates a compelling, fantastically complex post-apocalyptic landscape, adding thought-provoking twists to a classic story of humanity creating its own doom...With broad cross-genre appeal and an engaging balance of thematic depth and rip-roaring action, this winner will leave readers clamoring for sequels. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"

A dark, wild ride. --Kirkus Reviews"

Readers who enjoy headstrong feminist leads making their way . . . in the not-too-distant future will find plenty to like in Partials. --Los Angeles Times"

Mr. Wells has recombined familiar dystopian elements, added original ones and thrown in dashes of dry wit to create a sprawling, action-packed medical thriller full of big ideas and exciting reversals. --Wall Street Journal"

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 483 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00739WG8U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have really mixed feelings about this book. I thought it was an interesting read but it also took a very long time to get going. During the first half, I was seriously considering giving it up, but I had heard that it got better and I have Fragments to read too, so I persevered. I'm glad I did because it did pick up and became much more exciting towards the second half/end. The first half does start slowly, it gives you the background information in what seems like incredibly long chapters. It's worth sticking with though as when the action increases it becomes intriguing.

The characters are good, but they take a while to develop. Kira is a fantastic strong female lead. I loved her passion for fighting for what was right. I think I expected there to be more romance in this story. I kept reading how much Marcus and Kira loved each other but there didn't seem to be a solid connection between them. Then I thought that Samm and Kira might have something, but that didn't come through. I guess it's refreshing to see a dystopian/young adult read that's not overly romanced based.

Partials is an enjoyable read. It takes a while to get into but it has some intriguing ideas and I think Fragments will be one to look forward to. It has much scope to be action packed and exciting.
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This story is compelling and very well written. You can really see the dystopian world and feel the emotions of all the characters.
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A decent book with a good background behind the book worth a read. Good action, romance and there where some very funny moment
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Alison:[...]

`Partials' is set on Long Island in America at some time in the future. 99.996% of the population has been wiped out by the RM virus, believed to be released by the Partials, biological robots created by humans to fight in their wars. Partials were immune to the virus and now live on the mainland of America, the humans that remain on the Island may be the only survivors left in the world. But even these humans are split, those who support the senate that controls them and `The Voice' who opposes them. In the middle of this is Kira, a sixteen year old medical student who has dreams of finding a cure for RM. In the eleven years since the virus was unleashed there has not been a single baby who has survived for more than a few hours. Then Kira's best friend gets pregnant and finding a cure becomes that much more important.

This is another dystopian novel, in the wave that follows The Hunger Games, but this is a little different. Partials reminds me more of a traditional dystopian novel that pays homage to its sci-fi roots. This becomes very clear in the first couple of chapter and as I'm not really a lover of sci-fi I thought it would put me off but it didn't. This book contains all the elements that you would expect from a dystopian novel all in one book. It's set in a world unrecognisable to the one today due to one event that changed everything. It deals with governments who want to fully control the lives of their citizens and touches upon those who oppose them. It also deals with reproductive rights and the question of whether women should be forced to have babies to ensure the future of mankind.
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I liked this a lot, believable and action packed. I recommend it and will now go in search of the next one.
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This book came so fast and it was in excellent condition. It is the first book in a fantastic series and it has been my fave book of 2015 so far. Would fully recommend it!
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I really enjoyed Partials - to start with, I love post-apocalyptic books so I knew just from the blurb I was really going to like it. The plot line is interesting and (as far as I know) unique. The story had a clear problem: no baby lives more than 3 days. Kira is a smart, determined character, her heart set on finding a cure. The virus was released by genetically modified humans (the Partials) and Kira has a plan to capture one. Along the journey she loses friends, gains enemies and unearths a conspiracy fit for a ... well a great book. The characters are varied and realistic, violence is overflowing and the very complicated story has no obvious holes. It is quite a long read and took a lot of thought due to it's fast paced nature but I never had to "Just read the next chapter" myself. The end is a cliffhanger and leaves room for a next book in the series. Due to it's violent nature I would suggest 12+ readers and even then, not sensitive ones!

Overall, a fab read - maybe overwhelming at parts but original, quirky and enthralling.
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The human race is almost extinct, down to only tens of thousands, because of their war with the Partials, engineered organic beings, and RM, the virus which killed almost everyone and still kills every new-born child. 11 years after the war and the almost extinction the humans are living on long island but society is fracturing with no cure in sight and the mandatory pregnancy laws in the hope to produce a child that is immune. Kira is a 16 year old medic who is desperate to find a cure for RM, especially after she finds out that her adoptive sister is pregnant, but is she willing and able to go into New York and capture a living partial in time to save the human race.

Partials is a likable YA dystopian novel with an interesting plot but suffers from being rather slow as it focus a bit too much on science and not as much on the action.

While I liked Kira as she is very focused and really believes in what she is doing, I just could not feel any connect to her. Also apart from Samm and Marcus I felt like all of the secondary blurred together. It also felt like there should be more romance in this book than there actually was.

This book has an interesting twist which I can't wait to explore in Fragments even though it was a bit predictable. I would recommend Partials to people who like dystopian book whether adult or young adult.
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