Friday, June 1, 2012

You Should Be Reading: Partials by Dan Wells

Finally finished Dan Wells Partials and I can confidently say that anyone can read this book. You don’t have to be a teen or lover of teen books to be entertained. An adult could easily pick up a copy of Partials, man or woman, and walk away completely shocked. Dan Well’s dystopian novel is a stand out book that takes itself seriously. It’s not about matching up couples, or being cured of love. It engulfs the reader into a world of humans as an endangered species that face the true meaning of sacrifice everyday. Partials is a fantastic science fiction novel that seems to intentionally steer away from the common love triangle, and I liked it. When I finished reading the book I closed it and glanced at the cover noticing the simple headline above the title, The only hope for humanity isn’t human, and thought, Whoa! 

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.

I was honestly able to identify with lead character Kira Walker. She is constantly struggling with what is right and wrong with her government and whether she has the power to change it. That’s something that everyone feels at anytime in there life. I LOVED that Dan Wells had already given her a strong relationship with boyfriend Marcus. No mushy love intro and no longing looks, only the bones of a strong relationship that is never tampered with by anyone. Kira is incredibly smart and believable when she is conducting her work in her lab or out in the field dodging bullets. You never have to second-guess that she can’t do these things at sixteen. The world she lives in is a lot younger looking because of the crippling population; she is always seen as an adult. I think this is great for a reader to experience only because you can’t help but see her as a child sometimes and wonder if the world where to suffer this type of future, could you do what she has to, or you can’t help but think of your own children living as she?

There are a lot of medical details that are in the book that I could have done without that seemed repetitive but maybe some readers won’t feel the same way, also a lot of historical detail that you really have to pay attention to because it involves three different societies fighting for survival. I actually enjoyed the military description because it had me on the edge of my seat. Plus the discussions of the senate were similar to watching a tennis match. I couldn’t tear my eyes from the page because someone else’s fate was in someone else’s hands. When the senate has a discussion there are so many opinions to factor into a decision when you govern the last survivors of humanity. I was able to see how far humanity could be pushed into a decision that was desperately trying to populate and secure a dying breed.

This is not a quick read. It is something that may take a bit of time to get into but it’s well worth it. As soon as author Dan Wells gets a hold of you as a reader he doesn’t let go. You will be pulled into this story not wanting to put it down. ANYONE could read this! It’s not a typical teen book. It stands with a firm foot outside the genre and tempts a wide variety of readers. As I read Partials, movies like Terminator and Children of Men kept running in my head. I only hope that they make this into a movie because it would be epically cool!        


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