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Partials by Dan Wells
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Apr 21, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, 100-in-2012
Read from March 17 to 22, 2012

I just finished reading Partials by Dan Wells. It's a post-apocalyptic dystopia. About 20 years ago the American government produced the Partials to help them fight a war with China. The Partials were engineered, part human creations. I'm still not totally clear on whether they're cyborgs or if they just have some nanotech or what. but the point is that after the war was over they rebelled. they were winning easily when a plague came. It was a virus that wiped out 99.996% of the human population, but didn't touch the Partials.
It is now 11 years after that and the remaing humans in North America are gathered at the end of Long Island. No one has seen a Partial in that time, but things are still in danger. The virus (called RM) is still around. The current population are imune, but all the babies get it. There hasn't been a single baby that has survived over 48 hours in eleven years. The government has created the Hope Act, which requires all women over 18 to have as many babies as possible. The goal is to overwhelm the virus with numbers. Eventually, the power of probability demands that one of the babies will live. It's not working. There is a rebel group called the Voice that opposes the Hope Act and has been commiting acts of terrorism to push for its repeal.
That's all the background. The foreground is a 16 year old medic named Kira who has come up with a plan to cure RM. The problem is that her plan involves committing treason, leaving the settlement, finding a Partial, and studying it to determine the source of its immunity. somehow she and her friends will have to do this without getting shot by the humans, killed by the Partials, or starting a new war. And they're on a time limit - Kira's friend Madison is pregnant and the Senate has just lowered the pregnancy age to 16.

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