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Partials by Dan Wells
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Sep 22, 2011

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bookshelves: young-adult, sci-fi, love-triangle, dystopia-apocalyptic, reviewed
Recommended to Elena by: Wendy Darling
Read from April 15 to 21, 2012

This book had a lot going for it: great premise, some solid characters, plot twists (some of them predictable, others not), etc.

However, it is in severe need of a good editor. To me, this felt like a solid middle draft. Something that maybe a publishing house might deservingly purchase, yeah. But then it would be, you know, edited to remove logical inconsistencies and improve the pacing.

There were SO MANY inconsistencies. It got to the point where neither I nor my readalong companions could tell when something was a deliberate clue-type inconsistency or just a gaping plot or worldbuilding hole (most of them turned out to be just holes).

The pacing was also a huge issue. If the whole book contained what its last 100 pages or so did, the book would get at least four stars from me, even if the logic holes remained. It was exciting, surprising, and the characters got into a lot of trouble they had to figure out how to extract themselves from.

...And then the book ended. *sigh* I'll definitely read the second one, in the hope that Wells will be able to maintain the momentum that he gathered in the last bit of this book (and hopefully his editor will be more on the ball this time), but I just can't justify giving this book more than three stars as it stands.
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Reading Progress

04/15/2012 page 71
04/16/2012 page 74
16.0% ""Marcus put his hand on the back of her head and pulled her in for another kiss, on the mouth this time, slow and soft and perfect." ...Marcus is going to die, isn't he?" 1 comment
04/17/2012 page 177
38.0% "Oh, for the love of logic holes! This man's editor didn't do his/her job properly. *grumble*"
04/17/2012 page 181
39.0% "What. The. Hell."
04/19/2012 page 301
64.0% ""You're no closer to a cure now than when you started three days ago--you're farther, in fact; your records were destroyed in the explosion, along with all of the equipment you were using..." Apparently, this author knows nothing about networked computers and data backup. There's no way an important research hospital would be saving data to the freaking hard drive of an individual machine. No. Way." 6 comments
04/19/2012 page 323
69.0% ""I need you to come with me. I know it's dangerous, and I know you don't want to do it, but I need you, Marcus. I need you to believe me; I need you to trust me." And the author needs the third point in his love triangle to stick around for book two, because romance without love triangles is boring. Gotcha." 5 comments
04/19/2012 page 328
70.0% "Gross."
04/20/2012 page 378
81.0% "Wow. I did not see that coming. I should have, but there have been so many logical inconsistencies that I just chalked it up to yet another of those. I'm kind of excited now, actually." 1 comment
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