Partials : Partials

  • by Dan Wells
  • Narrated by Julia Whelan
  • Series: Partials
  • 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Action! Romance! Science!

What did you like best about this story?

The action was very intense. The dialogue was very well written and genuine. Also, I found it surprisingly funny despite the desperate situation of the human race.

Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

She did a great job with all the characters. Julia Whelan is an excellent narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen.

Any additional comments?

I LOVED this book! I really liked the technical medical aspects of it, and the action was intense. I'd read a few reviews complaining about all of the scientific details being a drag, but for me it kind of legitimized the society as believable. I just really liked the whole idea/world presented here. The fact that anything you could possibly want was just there waiting for you to find it was cool, and that you could just decide to go and move into a new house? Awesome, Right? Yeah, but then there's always that realization that there was no going forward. There's a part in the beginning where Kira is taking down the statistics for yet another newborn baby that has no hope of surviving. It was just heartbreaking.Also, this book was full of the political aspects that I don't usual enjoy in books, but I found I was actual interested this time. The writing was excellent. Some of the scenes between Kira and Marcus were so sweet and funny. There were also some pretty unexpected twists!I really can't wait to see what happens next. It seems like the next book is going to be full of just as much action and just as many unanswered questions. Great start to a new series!

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- Tabitha

A Unique Dystopian Storyline

Partials, By Dan Wells has been in my Wish List since March. Why did it stay there so long? For one, the synopsis of the book didn’t really seem intriguing and...(I hate to admit this “out loud”) I have found that I usually prefer female writers when it comes to YA books. So, with all my prejudices against this book out in the open, I can now officially announce that, I was wrong.

I really enjoyed Partials. Actually, I ended up reading the book AND listening to the audiobook as well. At first, it took me a little longer than normal to get through this book. I just had a hard time really getting into the book. Things start out slow as Wells introduces us to the characters and sets up the storyline. Once all of that is established, things start moving at a faster pace. By Part 2 (of the download), I didn’t want to "put the book down".

This may sound cliché but this book has it all. You’ve got:
• The post-apocolyptic world in which tragedy has struck and only a very small portion of the population is left alive.
• A bad “guy"--actually you’ve got two--that is threatening the survival of those remaining.
• The (potential) hero, 16 y/o Kira who is trying to not only help her best friend, but a cure to save the lives of babies...and the human race.
• There’s drama, as we follow Kira trying to figure out how to cure RM
• Tension - when we’re left wondering . . . (NO spoilers here!!!! I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone.)
• There’s also a little touch of romance here and there. There also may (or may not) be romance coming from unexpected sources.

I really think Wells did a great job at brining emotion to this book. You can feel the pain as he describes the death of all the babies, and how these young girls -- by order of the law -- have to get pregnant as often as possible, only to watch their babies die without even having a chance to really hold them. He also has a wonderful sense for timing the highs and lows; implanting good action scenes throughout the book. By the end, you don’t want it to stop because you know -- just like any good series -- you’ll be left wondering, “what happens next” in the story.

I will definitely be reading or listening to the sequel, Fragments when it comes in February, 2013!!!
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- KLeaHudson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio