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(Partials Sequence #3)

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Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence, a series that combines the thrilling action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Blade Runner and The Stand.

There is no avoiding it—the war to decide the fate of both humans and Partials is at hand. Both sides hold in the
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Hardcover, 464 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Balzer + Bray
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Kaeri
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
War, Blood, Death. This is dystopia.

Ruins achieved everything Allegiant and Mockingjay failed to deliver as trilogy enders. THIS is how you end a series. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, The Partials Sequence is one of the most underrated recent YA science-fiction and dystopian series today. Dan Wells is a great story teller and an excellent world-builder, and he never disappointed me throughout the three books (four, if you count the Isolation novelette).

Before I started the first cha
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Ferdy
2.5 stars - Spoilers

Meh, I was bored through a lot of it, the plot and majority of the characters didn't capture my attention until well into the second half. There were a few too many parts that were dragged out, generic, and predictable.

-Summary: Partials and humans still dying and at war. Everyone desperate to save their own species — humans trying to find a cure for RM and partials want to find a way to stop their expiration date.

-The beginning was slow and uninteresting, and all the variou
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Georgia (The Bibliomaniac Book Blog)
IT HAS A TITLE AND A BOOK COVER.
OH MY GOODNESS.
WHOA.
GIMME IT NOW.
Bradley
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fairly satisfying end to the series, still focusing on the ethics of the situations more than little things like action, but that's fine because the tension is all right there for us. The reveals really came to a nice head in this one, with serious choices needing to be made, and it really isn't all about the nuke in the background or even in the foreground.

It's about whether either species should continue to live, whether all the species could be considered one, or, as everyone else seems to th
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Boyanna
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
While i loved this series as a whole, i find this specific book a bit disappointing.

The world building we found in the previous books is consistent. Dan Wells is master of atmosphere. The depicting was so genuine that at times i had memories of places i have never saw in real life. Amazing.





There is also a philosophical aspect of this series. The musings about humanity, the age old question of what makes us human?,  consequences of playing god, all this introduced as someones monologue or a sid
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Denisse
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read for the 2015 Reading Challenge: #11 A book with a one-word title.

4.5 Dan Wells took away the political and scientific plot lines we had in the first two books and completly embraced an emocional one in the middle of chaos and destruction and if that is not worth of acclaim, then nothing is. Both Partials and Humans are way too far away from the definition of "people", with the hopelessness that neither of them will survive, they have tilted to revenge and extreme solutions. This trilogy ha
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Jon
Jun 24, 2013 added it
Shelves: science-fiction
That cover...
Eva Rose
I can't believe that I am giving this book a 1 star review but here it is. The book fell flat on its face and never got up. I admit that after 60% of the way I was just skimming because I was incredibly bore.

The plot was a convoluted mess and all the different POV's got confusing and annoying. This book could have been 200 pages shorter if all the excess had been cut out. I also just don't buy that Kira, a teenager, would outsmart scientist with decades of experience, and figure out the cure an
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Eric Allen
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ruins
Book 3 of the Partials Sequence
By Dan Wells

A Review by Eric Allen

I had a great deal of expectation coming into this book. I expected it to be yet another example of why Dan Wells is one of my favorite authors. And I was not disappointed. Ruins finishes out the Partials trilogy, tying up many loose ends, and leaving a few loose to keep you thinking about it after you've finished. If you're not familiar with the works of Dan Wells, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of I Am Not a Serial Ki
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Kassidy
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty decent conclusion.
The series brings up many questions and mysteries and I feel like almost all of them were answered and explained. However, there are some aspects that I'm still fuzzy on.
I liked how everything wrapped up and I am happy with the ending. This series focuses more on the question "what does it mean to be human?" and deals more with morality and approaches many situations from a psychological view. There are definitely heavy themes introduced and I enjoyed how those
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Michelle
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, favorites
"Love is when you have the opportunity of turning someone's feelings or trust or vulnerability against them, but you don't. You make promises you don't want to keep, but you keep them because they're right; you help people who can't help you back"- Samm, Page 271.

That quote alone makes me love this book.

It was full of action and suspense, I was on the edge of my seat multiple times, the characters, oh my god, the characters are awesome!

Dan wells is a master at story telling and building relati
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Angelica
Apr 12, 2013 marked it as to-read
I wonder what the tittle will be. First Partials then Fragments what could be next SEGMENTS maybe?

Update: Ruins? Really? That's the title? It doesn't really go with the 'partials' pieces things. I guess it does in a way. Oh well I guess i'll just have to suck it up and deal with it. I'm probably going to love it anyway.

Update: Still no darn release date? Really?!?!?!? Come on man!!!
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Jessica
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic ending to the gripping trilogy about life at the end of the world.

Hearing the numbers here really freaked me out. A few thousand humans left in the entire world. Two hundred thousand Partials (super soldiers built by humans, now turned into the human race's enemies), and their self-destruct is about to go boom. A bare handful of people know how to save everyone, but they have to cross wastelands and fight genetically modified enemies . . . and even then, they don't know if it will w
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Savannah (Books With Bite)
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a really good ending to a great series!


Plot: So the plot moves a bit slow in the beginning but thats because the reader is getting caught up on what is happening after the second book. After that, its takes off into lots of action and drama. Every little detail is explain nicely and carried into the new chapter well. I don’t think there is ever a dull moment in the book.


Love/Friendship: We do get point of views from Kira as well as Sam and a few other characters. Each point of view is we
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Colleen Houck
Best of the series. Loved how it ended. The idea of gene mods is fascinating as is the idea of sensing moods and intentions through pheromones. Wow the father figure was creepy! Still shuddering just thinking of him.
Darren Hagan
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**No spoilers**

I really enjoyed this conclusion to the series. There was a good amount of action throughout to keep me wanting to read on apart from a couple of places when they were travelling. When they are travelling there just seems to be pages of just uninterrupted description sometimes and it just makes me lose interest a bit.

One thing I really appreciated was not knowing what was going to happen. There are many times when reading that I can guess what is coming, but so many things happene
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Rachel the Book Harlot
Warning: Minor Spoilers Ahead....

Fear is only as deep as the mind allows. 
- Japanese proverb

Dan Wells completes me. The man also scares me since he is not kind to his characters. This fear was further cemented after reading the dedication page:

"This book is dedicated to everybody you hate. Sorry. Life's like that sometimes."

Whaaa? Mind games, man. Mind games. I was ready to curl up into a fetal position after that. But no, it was a great ending to a great series. At least it was for me because
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Andrew (BritBookBoy)
I'll start by saying I'm a fan of Dan Wells, I really enjoy his style and the sense of humour and fierce determination he brings out in some of his characters. Unfortunately that wasn't enough for me to rate this higher than 3 stars. While I loved the first two entries in this series, both receiving 5 star ratings from me, I couldn't help being rather underwhelmed by its conclusion.

In Fragments I enjoyed the introduction of additional POVs, here I felt the numerous POVs chopped the story up into
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Donna
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This has to be in my top 5 all time favorite dystopian series ever.
The battle of the partials and the humans comes to a head, people die, struggles and challenges happen. Kira is our true heroine and will it be Samm or Marcus who wins her heart? Or maybe both? Will she find her father? Will she find her purpose? Does she truly have one? Can we all just get along?
The answers are coming and I won't give them away here.

The world building was just amazing and it felt so very real to me. Isn't
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Reynje
If anything happens to Samm I'm going to throw this across the room!
Therin Knite
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Donna
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the third book in a Young Adult dystopian trilogy called Partials Sequence. I loved the whole premise of this trilogy because it was new and different and it also posed some great philosophical questions. I always love when a book promotes food for thought.

The characters seemed to be on a frantic search to save themselves, both the humans and the super soldiers in the second book, and that was still the main theme for the third one. They would think they had it figured out, but then no.
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Hannah
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book!

The third and final book in Partials Sequence trilogy, oh boy oh boy I was so excited! I literary marathoned this series!

THE WORLD: The world gets even more interesting in this book. Besides the Island where humans live we finally get a look at the partials' everyday life and their cities. It was crazy really, very military but I loved it! And also we have war in progress with partials invading human territory and all rebels and all and just yeah wow. It is a
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Kathy
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
It took me nearly 2 months to get through the first too books. Got through this one in less than 24 hours.

Content: language and violence
Larissa (Book Bosomed Blonde)
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
You can also find this review here on my blog.

A powerful and epic conclusion to a story that pushes the human race to their limit, and shows just how mighty the need to survive is, even if it goes against everything you thought you believed in.

The same, ever engaging writing style pulls us back into this final book and makes it hard to want to leave. The pacing was a lot slower at the beginning, following Kira’s experimentation, and Samm working with the humans to keep them alive. However, it st
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Kinga
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, dark-sadic, crime
Oh thanks God! Love you Dan Wells for giving us a happy ending. I'm proud of you as a reader ^^
But I'm also thorn between a 4 and a 5 star. While I loved the ending, there was so much more I would have wanted.

I might start off from the dedication.
'This books is dedicated to everybody you hate. Sorry. Life's like that sometimes.'
You threw me off. That was the truest thing I read in a long time.

Plot
It kind of moved slowly in the beginning. For the finale of a trilogy I usually prepare myself f
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Sophia
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was disappointing.... It wasn't bad exactly but it had some issues...

First of all, I didn't like the storyline,...especially the ending! I wanted to know what happened after they made peace. Like after 10 or 20 years. I mean I thought this book was supposed to about survival, I thought it was really cool and clever from the author to actually have the two species to work together in order to survive.... and yet we see nothing of this sort at all which was disappointing and I was really
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C. S.
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: apocalyptic
Okay... this series just got weird. Partials with gills, murderous blood-men, genetically altered creatures, changing weather patterns (no real explanation on how that happened other than some Trust guy made it his mission in life). Weird sh*t. Characters were unpredictable and the writing was monotonous. The way Kira chose the person she wanted to be with was okay, but the way Marcus reacted to it was wrong. He was way too "okay" with essentially being dumped. It was an easy way out for the aut ...more
Drewthereader19
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Yes! I'm done.
What a great sereies! Really enjoy this one. I'm glad I did. Otherwise I would be disappointed!(:
William
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
HOLY MOLY GUACAMOLE. Where do I even start with this series?

Warning to the reader: This review was written after essentially a 24-hour reading marathon with breaks for eating, bathroom, and obviously sleep. And I regret nothing of it because it was that amazing. However, if this review does not make sense, please forgive me.


Anyways... this series. Wow.
First, let me start off with the world-building and let me remark on how amazing it is.

It's basically like them ^
You expect something good an
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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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Partials Sequence (3 books)
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