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Partials by Dan Wells
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Apr 24, 12

bookshelves: arc-or-for-review, 2012-reads, kindle-reads, apocalypse
Read from March 04 to 27, 2012

Partials is an intense dystopian thriller.
This story is non-stop action, with tough characters who will fight for what they believe in a hard world. I liked the setting of the book- a futuristic world where there is very little left, and the population has been cut down to almost nothing. There is no economy anymore- if you want a house there are plenty around to spare, and if you need new clothes a visit to the abandoned malls you can find everything you need. But in addition to this, a virus means that every new baby born dies within a few days. The youngest child in the city is 14 years old, and many people have given up hope that the population will survive after the youngest generation.
Kira is a medical research student searching for a cure to the virus affecting the newborns. I love her for her spunky determinedness, and her passion to keep going even in the face of extreme opposition from governement officials. She is smart and caring, and a fighter, and fiercely loyal to her friends and family.
There are a great cast of characters in this, from rebels and fighters to Kira's kooky foster mother, and sweet maternal best friend. Kira is not always sure who she can trust, as there always seems to be some new twist and betrayal. One of my favourite characters is Marcus, Kira's boyfriend, who obviously cares a lot about Kira, and who often added an element of fun and humour to the story, but he is too intense for Kira who is focused almost solidly on her job.
Kira believes that the cure for the virus cannot be found in their bloodstream, or in however many babies they study. She wants to study the virus from the source- from the "Partials" who infected them in the first place- a created race of people who started the war and who broke away to rule themselves.
Getting permission to take and study one proves nearly impossible, but when Kira's best friend becomes pregant it becomes a personal mission to Kira to save the next baby. When Kira does get the chance to study Samm- a Partial, he is nothing like the evil machine she is expecting, and she has to contend with her own suspicions about him, as well as constant oppostion from her superiors.
I loved the scary dystopian setting, the hard society, and the gritty characters, as well as the non-stop action, drama and suspense. This is a race against time, with dramatic fight scenes, escapes, betrayals and and engaging fast-paced plot. Exciting, dark and dangerous with kick-ass characters- I really enjoyed this new book! Recommended for fans of sci-fi, or dystopian books with an edge.
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