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Partials. by Dan Wells Paperback – March 29, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildrensBooks (March 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000746522X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007465224
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,638,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dan Wells is the author of several novels for adults, including I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, MR. MONSTER, and I DON'T WANT TO KILL YOU. PARTIALS is his first book for young adults. He lives in Utah with his wife and children. You can visit him online at

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Kira is a character I loved.
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Yeah I really enjoyed this book, but I feel that some scenes did take too long, like the Ashroken one.
Wonderful fast paced action, well developed characters and a really good read.

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88 of 105 people found the following review helpful By J. Meegan VINE VOICE on December 21, 2011
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I'm really not into dystopian/post-apocalyptic books (unless they feature zombies...go figure) but I decided to give this one a try when the pickings were slim on the most recent Vine newsletter. At roughly 472 pages, this is a hefty read and the subject matter is rather intense/dark at times so if you're looking for something light and upbeat, look elsewhere. This is an ambitious book and for the most part I really enjoyed it....but it did have its flaws.

The Good:
- Had it not been for the cover blurb and the cover illustration, I wouldn't have realized this was a YA-targeted book until a good portion of the way into the story. First off, the characters are expected to behave and act like adults in this brave, new most of the teen angst nonsense so prevalent in many YA books is simply not here at all. Also the author presumes the intelligence of his readers...nothing gets "dumbed down" and the science and technology in the book are fairly detailed and sophisticated. The author also doesn't pull any punches when it comes to presenting the reality of a world in which the human race is rapidly heading towards extinction...there are some uncomfortable truths the characters (and readers) will face but I think this adds to the richness of the story.
- Kira is a very smart and easy-to-like heroine. In fact, most of the key young adult characters are multifaceted, richly layered, and given a level of complexity not often found in books for teens. Not all the main characters are likeable....but they are presented in such a way that you can at least understand where they're coming from even if you don't like them very much.
- When the suspense starts, it's action-packed, full of tension, and pretty awesome. It felt cinematic at times....
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61 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Mathachew on May 12, 2012
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I have read Dan Wells' John Cleaver series and thoroughly enjoyed them. I was excited about what he could do with Partials, but was sorely disappointed. There are certain aspects to the setting that are a positive, but there are a plethora of other issues that make this a mediocre read. Mild spoilers are forthcoming.

The United States created androids, called Partials, to fight a war against the Iranians and Chinese. Once the war was over, the Partials turned on their creators, releasing an airborne virus that kills off all but about 40,000 humans. The virus has also caused all newborn babies to die shortly after birth for the last 11 years. Kira, a 16 year old intern at the hospital, becomes determined to find a cure to this virus after repeatedly witnessing newborn deaths. The Hope Act, a law requiring all women 18 years or older to become pregnant as often as possible, pushes the remaining survivors to the brink of civil war. Kira embarks on a journey to find the Partials, believing their unaffected bodies are the key to curing the virus. After embarking on this mission, what she learns and witnesses can have devastating effects not only on her, but the surviving humans and the Partials themselves.

Almost immediately we are treated to an "adults are stupid, teenagers are rational" mentality. This is a constantly running theme that did not make the book any more enjoyable to read. You are continually reminded that, obviously, only teenagers think outside the box, that only teenagers can provide rational thoughts, that only teenagers are capable of pulling off what the foolish adults brush off as suicide, ridiculous or outrageous. There are many examples of this throughout the book.
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84 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jo DiBella on January 3, 2012
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Lately I seem to have run across an awful lot of YA novels with the same basic plot: Humanity is in danger of extinction because of something incredibly stupid done by the adults...and the only hope is for the teens to breed like rabbits at the same time as they figure out how to fix whatever was done.

That's pretty much the story here. A group of 'people' (or not) genetically engineered for the sole purpose of fighting wars decide they've had enough, and they release a virus that kills most of the human race. Newborn babies live only days before they die of the virus, so there are no human children under the age of 14. The remaining humans have banded together (on Long Island?) for protection and commence to forcing the kids to make as many babies as they can, in the hopes that eventually some of them will survive.

Nobody seems to consider doing some research on the immune human survivors to find the source of their immunity. Well, nobody until 16-year-old Kira thinks of it. ummmm OK.

Kira is interested in saving humanity but she's also strongly driven by the desire not to be forced into repeated pregnancies resulting in dead babies. That works, but why the heck is everyone else so stupid? After thousands of babies have been born (and died), it seems fairly clear that the approach taken (by the stupid adults) is not going to work.

Eh, OK, it's a YA book. I am 62 so I guess I am not in the target audience. But it just bothers me to see books aimed at teens that are so full of plot holes because this isn't the way to encourage teens to enjoy reading.

(edited on Jan 5) Let me please add that I am not in any way criticizing Mr Wells' talent. In fact I have read and really enjoyed his John Cleaver series. This particular book just didn't click for me. Just my opinion, YMMV, all of the standard caveats apply when reading any review.
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