Where do I even begin? Partials ruffled my feathers so much, I'm surprised I have any left. I can't even pinpoint what exactly made this book brilliant, but I do know that it kept me up until 4am since I couldn't bear to put it down. Kira Walker is a 16 year old intern in the maternity ward, who has yet to see a newborn live for longer than a few days. No one has for years. When her friend becomes pregnant, thanks to the Hope Act which makes it mandatory to conceive when you're 18, Kira makes it her mission to find an impossible cure for RM. How will she succeed when so many experts have tried and failed?
Partials is an exciting and action-packed sci-fi read that I fell in love with immediately. Some may say it's slow to start, due to the detailed explanations, but I loved the world development. 11 years after the Break, it's 2076 and there are only 40 000 humans left. A violent rebel group has been born in response to the barbaric Hope Act and the citizens live in fear of a partial attack. Partials were engineered years ago to fight the humans' war, stronger and smarter than any man, before they turned against their creators and almost wiped out the entire world. Add in the RM virus and its mysterious link to the partials and we have one hell of a story. Wells doesn't shy away from the scientific aspect of sci-fi and I can honestly say that this is one of the most exciting books I've ever read, with its plentiful and heart-racing twists!
Unlike so many young adult books, Partials does not focus on the romance, nor does it try to create one in an obvious manner. Subtlety is key! In the beginning, Kira is already in an established relationship with Marcus Valencio and I enjoyed exploring their bond on multiple levels. I felt like I understood the two well as a couple, even in the short time that they were actually together. I loved Kira as a character! Just as a heroine should be, she's intelligent, brave, loyal and, dare I say, a little stubborn? I think many people will be impressed by the way she handles everything that's thrown at her in this book. Sure, she may sometimes rush into situations but you've got to admire her serious brains.
I'm going to be brief here because I don't want to spoil a single thing, but Kira takes it upon herself to kidnap a partial to study. They're terrifying creatures, as we know next to nothing about them, and I'm guessing I wasn't the only one who stopped breathing whenever Kira had to get close! The highlight of this book is definitely the partials themselves. They harbour many secrets and Kira's interaction with the one she catches is priceless. Don't even get me started on the crazy conspiracy theories that were flying around my head while reading! The partials constantly threw my feelings of disbelief, sympathy and excitement around in a tumble dryer, but there was always a stream of "OMG" looping through my mind.
I must reiterate how addictive the mysteries are throughout this book. Just when we think we've got it figured out, Wells hits us with another bombshell. Other times, we have many bits of information but just can't figure out how they all piece together! What's the key to solving the RM puzzle? Who are the true villains - the partials, the Voice or the government? Who can Kira trust? Partials is a genuine edge-of-your-seat read. Killer partials sneak around with their scary masks and had me screaming "RUN AWAY!" more than once! Wells is a genius and I am so looking forward to reading the sequel after the serious game-changing ending. A truly addictive read, Partials is not one to be missed! (less)
While Sylvia Bell claims she suffers from narcolepsy, her mind, in actual fact, detaches from her body and merges with another. She's able to see what that person sees and feel what they feel, but has no control over her actions. After sliding into a body with a bloody knife in her hand, Sylvia makes it her mission to find Sophie's killer, because all signs foretell that there'll be more danger ahead and after another shocking death in her school stuns the town, she knows if she doesn't solve the mystery fast, she or her family will be next. Sometimes the enemy's closer than you might think, despite how much you don't want it to be true... So how much can you really trust those around you?
Slide was a brilliant murder mystery that had me hooked from the first page. We're immediately shown how "sliding" works; how objects with emotional imprints on them trigger the slide. Vee's ability to only see from the body's eyes works so well for this book. Unless her host steps in front of a mirror, she has no clue who she's in. She receives fragments of the mystery and murder with each slide and every uncovered clue she finds sends her in a different direction for the chase. The killer could literally be anyone, from her bitchy sister, to a suspicious teacher, the school bully and her next door neighbour. Hathaway's suspense-building is absolutely exceptional. I only managed to guess the killer when she wanted us to...just before she sent me reeling again with an unbelievable turn of events. You will NOT see this coming, I swear. My mouth: Gaping.
The characters in this book are very well-written and developed, Hathaway really nailing down their personalities, backstories and possible motives as the killer. Vee has important relationships with Rollins, her best friend, and Zane Huxley, the beautiful new guy in town. They contrast each other so well, with Rollins acting distant and Zane being the perfect boyfriend! Vee's relationship with Rollins is strained, as he's keeping secrets and jealous of her new companion. Zane, on the other hand, will have you eating out of the palm of his hand and begging to have him for yourself. I fell deeply in love with him, so much so that I wouldn't have noticed if Rollins had fallen off a cliff.. Zane's that blinding. *grins* Having said that, you really can't help but be curious about Rollins. He and Vee have this alluring and complicated thing between them that you just want to explore! Lots of delicious, twisty goodness between these three. Well done, Jill!
Vee's the nice girl you can relate to easily. You'll join her every step of the way on this manhunt, although you really won't be of any help at all.. Slide is filled with shocking discoveries (not even related to the murders!) and fast one-eighties that make this a very compelling read. A great thriller with an engaging romance - what a fabulous debut! My notes were filled with "JAKFNBAHBFNADJBHAFKANFJKBA" every time Vee kissed Zane - no joke. You'll love how Hathaway explores all of the different relationships and, hopefully, how the story plays out! Even though she addresses all of the loose ends, I'm very thankful there'll be a sequel so we can really tie them tight ;) Definitely a book you should run out and buy!(less)