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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.
©2012 HarperCollinsPublishers (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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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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By KLeaHudson on 07-17-12

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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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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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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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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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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