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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.
©2012 HarperCollinsPublishers (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tabitha on 07-21-12

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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5 out of 5 stars
By MCinTX on 05-17-12

Great Dystopia

I have not loved a dystopian novel this much since Hunger Games and Divergent. Seriously where has Dan Wells been all my reading life?!?

I know what you're thinking, another dystopian novel, but seriously this is coming from a person who isn't a big fan of end of the world novels! When I first stumbled across the cover back in September

I was intrigued. Then after seeing the novel on audibles I thought Hey I need that! Partials is 14 hours but the combination of dramatic storytelling and a wonderful narrator you will feel like you want the book to never end!

There were so many points in the story where I thought, "oh no this is the cliff hanger ending", but the story continued! I will say that I was very surprised not to see a love triangle or a big romance taking center stage but don't let it deter you because there is so much heart, loyalty, action and suspense to make up for it!

Keira lives in a world where humanity as we know it is over. There are only a few hundred survivors and every time a child is born the baby dies. The government that is left has passed a law that all women over the age of eighteen must be pregnant at all times. They hope that eventually a child will survive. What caused the world to go into chaos? The Partials. The Partials where made in a lab as soldiers to fight a war. They look like humans, but they don't age and can't reproduce. They are harder to kill, making them excellent in winning a war. Only they turned on humans and released a virus that killed practically everyone. The humans that are left fear and hate Partials and have isolated themselves on Long Island while the Partials roam the rest of the US.

Keira is a medical intern and she doesn't understand how having more babies will solve anything. The hospital conducts studies on the adults and babies before and after their deaths, but she sees this as a dead end. How can studying the same thing over and over, year after year, not give you the same results? Keira feels the key has to be in the Partials. She approaches the doctors and explains her theory about the Partials but they quickly shut her down. This becomes an even more pressing issue when her best friend Madison tells her she is expecting a baby. Keira explains to her friends that she believes studying a Partial might be the only way to save her friend. Marcus, her boyfriend goes into protector mode and wants her to forget it but Madison's husband Haru and her brother Jayden think she might be right and agree to help Keira.

Keira and her group will run into a million obstacles, but they go forward knowing that they're risking their lives and accept it, if it means there's a chance to save humanity. I can't tell you how strong Keira is. She is determined and willing to risk it all! Jayden stole a part of my heart which leaves me breathless! I have really only scratched the surface on how amazing this novel really is. Trust me when I say you have to read or listen to this book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Edmund on 09-17-12

A satisfying read or listen

This was an interesting one. I started listening to this one having not decided on anything that I really wanted so pulled this one out of the blue and to be honest I am kinda glad that I did.

This was an interesting story and it did have its good moments if not large amounts of it were predictable but it didn't detract from the story.

The reading of it is very decent too Julia Whelan is a good narrator and paces this book very well. The science I find sometimes a little unresearched as in someone takes a blood sample from the surface of the skin, now unnles I misunderstood the book or Biology (as I am certainly no biologist) that means the blood could get infected by sources in the air so it isnt a clean sample... anyway that was a minor thing but it in no way impacted the book for me to say "oh this totally wasnt believeable and I hated it because of bad science."

Also the ending without spoiling it kinda left me going "umm is there supposed to be a sequel for this?"

Turns out there is, and its out in 2013 and I will be continuing the series so it has its draw back quality, in my view anyway.

The book is good, the narration is good and it was worth my credit I would say go try it out, you may be pleasantly suprised.

Unless you cant stand bad science (and I know you people exist) which the one moment I pointed out may have you writhhing around in agony in which case go stick to your Peter Hamilton (or go anc check him out anyway, something a bit more hardcore)

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5 out of 5 stars
By JChatwin on 03-19-15

gripping story

I really enjoyed listening to this story, the story line was interesting and just when you thought you'd figured it out there was a twist. I can't wait to get the next book!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amanda Reid on 04-12-15

I loved it.

If you are a fan of Divergent, The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner, I recommend this series. It has a bit of everything: war, death, love, science, end of the world themes, disease and more. Do yourself a favour. I think it should be made into a movie.

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5 out of 5 stars
By anita on 01-01-15

loved it!

I really loved this autio book. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good sifi adventure

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