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Partials (Partials Sequence #1)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  28,539 ratings  ·  3,218 reviews
For fans of The Hunger Games, Battlestar Galactica, and Blade Runner comes the first book in the Partials Sequence, a fast-paced, action-packed, and riveting sci-fi teen series, by acclaimed author Dan Wells.

Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousand...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 468 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Wendy Darling
It seems as though YA Science Fiction is experiencing a bit of a resurgence lately. Like many other readers, I'm a little tired of the barely-dystopian trend, so it's great to see a very firmly science-oriented book like Partials come along. Airborne viruses + survivalist action drama + human interest story is a great combination, and one I think most fans of post-apocalyptic thrillers will enjoy.

In the year 2076, 11 years after an airborne viral outbreak, the average newborn lives just 56 hour...more
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A Partials-themed Acrostic!

Pregnancy obligations for the young like in Bumped.

Amateur military of Falling Skies.

Rioters and mercenaries threaten way of life like in The Survivors.

The MC is a bad-ass female scientist like in Bones

Infertility woes of the women on the Lost island.

Artificially created humans similar to Cylons from Battlestar Galactica.

Lots of myths being busted.


The Rundown

The world has been decimated by...more
Emily May

It seems to me that the first mistake made with this book was to target teenage girls. Here I come with my gender stereotyping and I'm sure there will be other female readers who'll love this book and disagree with me... but despite the protagonist being female and the cover featuring a teen girl, Dan Wells appears to have written a "boy book". The lengthy descriptions and idle conversations were dull enough without the subject matter going from hockey to guns to bombs.

In the words of Mr Presle...more
oh my god!! i just got an unexpected ARC of this on the SAME DAY as i got the new ron rash ARC!!! what is a girl to do??? too many good things at once!!! this is the best nightmare i have ever had!


this is a very high three-stars. it would have been a four if i was just judging it on enjoyment and the ability of the plot to engage me. but i have decided to be more responsible when reviewing the...more
Intense with highly sophisticated world building- Partials is a fantastic addition to the dystopian genre. Babies don't survive and the youngest human on earth is now 14 years old. With 99% of the population gone, killed by a new epidemic, Kira is determined to find a cure to save humanity.

I have to start with Kira because she is an excellent protagonist. She is incredibly determined, and this presence throughout the novel of pure dedication to her cause is all consuming. You want her to succeed...more
Oh, wait while I find my mouth under my bed where it dropped.

..So, are you ready for this wonderful journey into the future?
Here we go…

It all came down to a war - the worst of them all.
It was not between humans, but between them and the Partials.
Because what if robots didn’t look like robots anymore?
What if they looked exactly like humans? What if they were genetically programmed and made into the best weapon alive, a dangerously thinking one? Breathing flesh-and-blood robots meant to kill - st...more
Oh, for fuck's sake, just make it stop. God, this book bored me to tears. I fucking quit. No love lost.

Dan Wells, you write pretty well. In fact, your writing is enjoyable. But I just had to throw in the towel by about page 80. I just couldn't take it any longer. I opened the ebook file one last time, just to take one more stab at it, and I swear there were tears in my eyes.

I shut it down. Laughing is okay. Eye-rolling I can deal with too. But crying is not appropriate. When a book makes me cry...more
I feel like this review should begin like one of the old AlkaSeltzer commercials.

"I can't believe I read the whole thing."

I try to be balanced on my reviews, but this book made it very difficult. There were a million little things that got under my skin, and it added up to a book that didn't make sense and was ultimately unlikable.

What I liked about this book:
The genre? I guess? Although, reading this had made me rethink that decision.

What I didn't like about this book:
Hoo boy, where do I start?...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Before you read my review…

I originally rated this book 4 out of 5 stars but after I wrote my review, I lowered it to 2.5 out of 5 stars (rounded up to 3 stars). My reasons… I rated the book immediately after reading it and I was clearly caught up in the last 25% of the book. When I wrote my review, I realized that the majority of my review was negative and I had plenty of issues with the story. Thus, I changed my rating.

The Bad

I didn’t feel a real connection with the characters. The real story...more
The YA genre is certainly rife with dystopians. You can't go out without tripping over one. Okay fine, that is an exaggeration but I can't help but get weary of the same plots with a few subtle differences (you know, differences like the cause of the ultimate breakdown of modern society). There's usually a girl. She usually has powers. There's also usually a society with tyrannical rulers/dictators/whatever you wanna call them (a rose by any other name and all...). Then there is a boy. Mysteriou...more
Thank you, NetGallery! I should have read this book sooner.
No stupid love triangles, strong girl as the main character - no crying, thinking over and over about the boy and why did he do that or this, believable scientific background of the story and so on...
So, if you like sci-fi, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it type of the stories, grab your copy of this book and read it as soon as possible.

It’s been a loooong while since I’ve felt this excited about a post apoc/ dystopia YA. I thought I’d burned out on them after reading Starters and Eve and heck even Shatter Me; the lack of detail in the first two and the over indulgent writing in the other simply put me off. So I really am not kidding when I say it’s been a long time since I’ve felt this excited about a book of this type.

It's a little like Grant’s Feed (or Deadline) because this too does not limit itself to hea...more
This book is so much fun!!
The plot is crazy and there is so much action.
I am a Biochemistry major and I love science, and this book had a ton of science in it. There is a virus called RM that inhibits babies from living past a couple of hours, so a large portion of the book is dedicated to finding a cure for this. It goes pretty in depth with the research and specifics of the virus and I just think that's so cool :)

I did like the main character Kira, although she was annoying at points because...more
Mar 15, 2012 Charlotte rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans, post apocalyptic fans
Recommended to Charlotte by: Wendy Darling
Oh! My! Gosh! That was Amazing!!!

If you like sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, dystopian, amazing characters, action packed plot, twists that have twists, a little romance in-between things blowing up and gunshots, and just all around smart writing, put this on your to-read list! NOW!

Wow, this is going to be hard to do spoiler free. Here goes....

First let me say that the beginning of the book might be a little slow for some people. It's not one of those kind where the author takes forever to set up the...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
I’m sitting here, trying to figure out how to write a review for this amazing novel. The awesome author, Dan Wells, has totally blown me away. Partials is an incredibly amazing world and storyline with fantastic characters. I can't even pick which is my favorite. Dan Wells gave all of them terrific personalities: Kira is head-strong, Marcus is the fun guy, Jayden is a take charge guy, Xochi is the bad-ass chick, Madison is the caring mom figure, Haru is the jerk, Isolde is a analyst and Samm is...more
Jan 17, 2012 Tatiana marked it as abandoned
This book isn't holding my attention. At all. Too much boring detail, too many boring characters, the writing style is too bland. This is simply not my thing.
Oh, man. This book made me feel like humanity was my nasty ex, and I had just dumped his ass before snapping my fingers in Z-formation.

By that, I mean most of the humans in this book pissed me off - though they were supposed to.

PARTIALS takes place in a futuristic world where humanity is quickly going extinct after a virus released during the Partial-Human war kills off babies less than a week after birth. Kira Walker, sixteen, is a medic-in-training. When someone important to her becomes pregn...more
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Dude. How cool is this book!

Fighting, saving the wold, kick-ass protagonist and mates that completely have your back, grenades, going on dangerous and not- so- sophisticated adventures, loyal and brave. Oh and very likable.

Kira! A protagonist that I liked a lot. It really is a great feeling to find yourself genuinely liking the protagonist. We so need more of those.

Our gal is brave, a heart-breaker (tut tut), tough, loyal and caring. Being a medic is in her blood. I say this because even when th...more
“Four and a half stars! A gripping book that blends dystopian with sci-fi. You want to read this one!

The year is 2076. Humanity's population is reduced to mere thousands. A war fought with the Partials, a human creation of man and machinery, was catastrophic. Then a virulent plague known as RM, nearly decimates the remaining population. What is left of the human population can be found on Long Island. The humans are hemmed in by the destruction and their wariness of the remaining Partials, even...more
Jacquelyn Sylvan
How do I love thee, Partials? Let me count the ways….

1)Thy witty, spicy dialogue. If you’re a fan of Firefly/Serenity or Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s (the show, not the movie) whip-sharp banter, you’re going to love this book. It’s got the same kind of effortless, rapid-fire discourse Joss Whedon injects in his cult-classic shows. A lot of authors shoot for this and fail miserably; Wells doesn’t just succeed, he excels at dialogue. I could seriously have read and enjoyed this book purely for the b...more
Eric Allen
By Dan Wells

A Review by Eric Allen

I have been totally blown away by every single book that Dan Wells has written. I don't know where he came from all of a sudden, but in the last 4 years he's written 5 extremely good books. And as writers should, he gets better with every book that he publishes, expanding his ideas, fixing things that didn't work, and improving upon his skills as a storyteller. If you have not read I Am Not A Serial Killer yet, go buy it or check it out of the library N...more
I gave serious thought to not reviewing this book given it's ability to so consistently evoke my anger while reading it. Ranting about it just seemed like a waste of my time. But when I couldn't let the irritation go nearly a week after having finished it, I couldn't not say something. However, before I say anymore, I want to note for posterity, that I'm certain many readers will read this book and love it. To which I say, good for them. I just wasn't among them. Here's why.

The implausibility of...more
Feb 17, 2012 Andrea rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Andrea by: Fans of post-apocalyptic books
Shelves: arc, read-in-2012
Wow. Wow,wow,wow! After falling in love with the post-apocalyptic world in Under the Never Sky, I didn't think I would find another novel to compete with it for quite some time, let alone this soon. But in Partials, that is exactly what I found, and I couldn't be more excited.

If you take a good look at the cover, the story is laid before you. The world as we know it is a wasteland, bleak and empty, with the buildings and homes humans once occupied nothing but an empty shell. The story is set in...more
Mar 23, 2012 Rose rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA sci-fi/dystopic fans, fans of medical thrillers
Recommended to Rose by: Writing Excuses
"Partials" had many elements that I absolutely loved - for the genre, for the audience, for the issues it raises and the questions that it poses for the characters within the world Dan Wells creates. Granted, some of the characters had their insufferable qualities just as realistic characters probably would when faced with the odds depicted in this novel, but man, what a ride. Each and every time I picked up this book, I did not want to put it down, and I can only think of that as a good sign.

Sep 21, 2011 Anila marked it as to-read
OHMYGOD that cover.
OHMYGOD that concept.
OHMYGOD it's Dan Wells from Writing Excuses.

waaaant waaaaant waaaaaaaaaaaaant.
Jan 13, 2013 Damali rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Battlestar Galactica, Red Dawn, and John Marsden fans
Recommended to Damali by: Kat
Kira was five years old when civilization ended when the Partials – engineered half-humans, created to fight the Isolation War – turned on humanity and unleashed a virus that killed most humans, and made the rest infertile. 11 years later, 1 million Partials remain to an estimated 36,000 humans. On Long Island, a group of survivors set up a defensible town and government. Occasionally, they venture outside of town to make salvage runs.

After the Partials War, there are no babies born anymore, and...more
4 out of 5 stars because my favorite character was killed.
I loved Jayden. He was noble, brave, kind, funny and amazing. He died like a hero, but Wells could have saved him :(.

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Let's just say I'm not going to read the sequel considering how many characters might die next (since my favorite is dead I don't really care anymore).
Instead of killing Jayden, the author should have killed Haru. He was such a bastard. The good and noble one dies and the bad one gets everything he wishes for. A child, a...more
Ah, Dan! Dan, Dan, Dan!

Dan hooked me with his trilogy about a young sociopath hunting serial killers (I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER). His writing is fantastic, as is his characterization.

And now he's done something completely different: writing a story set in a grim future where 99.9 percent of the population has been killed by a terrible virus, no babies born live more than three days, and there is constant threat of attack from superhuman soldiers. And it's from the point of view of teenage girl,...more
¡Qué buen libro!
Excelente y con excelente me quedo corta.
Uno de los mundos post-apocalípticos más interesantes con los que he tenido el gusto de encontrarme, y una de las mejores distopías que he leído hasta el momento.
Muy bien escrito, muy bien pensado. No sé cómo voy a resistir la espera para el segundo.
Mar 01, 2012 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any dystopian fans!
I picked this book after I caught the advertisement here on GR, and I wasn't really sure what to expect since I kind of went in blind. The cover is beautiful (though I bought it on kindle), and the blurb intrigued me. I didn't realize when I started it that it was such a long book, and I must admit that I had to convince myself to stay with it for a good portion of the beginning. But when I stuck with it, by about 1/3 of the way through I was so thankful that I did!

Kira is a great heroine! I lo...more
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Dan Wells is a thriller and science fiction writer. Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing. He is he author of the Partials series (Partials, Isolation, Fragments, and Ruins), the John Cleaver series (I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don't Want To Kill You), and a few others (The Hollow City, A Night of Blacker Darkness, etc). He was a Campbell nomine for best new w...more
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