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Product Details

  • Series: Partials Sequence
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062071106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062071101
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two Truths and a Lie by Dan Wells

Here's an old game: each person says three facts about themselves, but only two of them are true. If you can guess which one is the lie, you win. Simple, right? You'd be surprised. Try this: Dan Wells: 1. I speak three languages. 2. I've spun the big wheel on The Price is Right. 3. I've ridden hobo-style on the Mexican Railroad. That's a bit of a trick question: I speak English and Spanish, but even though I live in Germany I don't actually speak German. Sneaky, right? Ready for more? Here are two truths and a lie from all the major characters of the Partials Sequence; guess right, and you'll get some hints about the third book, RUINS. Guess wrong, and. ..well, you might be in for some big surprises.

Kira Walker: 1. My father wants me dead. 2. I never make it back home again. 3. I once met a talking dog.

Marcus Valencio: 1. I almost get eaten. 2. I defuse a nuclear bomb. 3. I have never seen snow.

Samm: 1. I was named after Sam Malone from Cheers. 2. I kiss Heron in the third book. 3. I die in the third book.

Heron: 1. I'm the one who kills Samm. 2. I also kill Marcus. 3. Maybe I'm playing two lies and a truth, you can't tell me what to do.

Nandita Merchant: 1. I'm a member of the Trust. 2. The Trust destroyed the world on purpose. 3. Someone in the Trust wants to destroy the world again.

Isolde Romer: 1. My baby is a weapon. 2. My baby is dying. 3. Nandita cures my baby.

Ariel McAdams: 1. I'm a living bomb. 2. I hate the Partials. 3. I kill Nandita.

Xochi Kessler: 1. I hate my mother. .. 2. ...but I save her life anyway. 3. (She doesn't save mine. )

Yoon Ji-Bak: 1. I have a pet panther 2. I help cure RM. 3. I help kill hundreds of thousands of people.

RUINS: 1. This is the final book in the Partials Sequence. 2. This book has a giant purple monster in it. 3. This book has a happy ending.

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—The final war between the Partials and the humans is at hand. Though both sides possess weapons that could destroy the other, Kira Walker holds the key to preventing all-out destruction.

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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The narrator does an excellent job with all the different character voices and conveys emotion well.
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This book, and its ending, are satisfying, but as with any good series, there are still some unanswered questions, and, of course, we still want more!
Dark Faerie Tales
I feel like if the author had added an epilogue this would have helped my general feelings of dissatisfaction with the ending.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DragonCeres on March 24, 2014
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Partials has to be my favorite YA dystopian series after reading all of the other super-hyped one. First, it stands out because the story is not focused on the love story, but on the actual issue of human extinction. Secondly, it covers deep moral and philosophical issues. How far would you go? What would you do if it meant saving humanity from extinction? Lastly, it is set in a believable world with a believable society where Dan Wells explains exactly how we got there, not like some other dystopians where the entire how we got to the dystopian society from today is jumped over.

The book focuses on several characters, Kira, Samm, Marcus, and Kira’s sisters’ Isolde and Xochi and Ariel. For everyone, it picks up exactly where the 2nd book left off. Throughout the series, we have seen Kira’s determination to save humans from RM, but now her determination is turned to saving both races. She’s arguably the best human in the book, because she no longer purely hates Partials based on the fact that they were engineered and not “really” human. No, she sees a way to save everyone and she won’t stand back and let humanity destroy itself, no matter how hard it tried.

Usually, I’m not a huge fan of multiple storylines, because I find some of them tedious. I felt the same way at the start of this book, but my opinion changed as I read as the individual storylines began merging with one another, or as one revelation is revealed in one POV but not yet in another POV. The pacing might be a bit slow in places because Dan Wells does not skimp on the world building, the science, or the moral issues at hand. Also, I have to mention the romance, the little bit there was. I’m so happy Kira chose who she did, but it was predictable.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TKnite on April 14, 2014
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What happened to this series? The first book in this trilogy was great! The second book was pretty good. And this one was plain awful.

I don’t understand how this happened. I really don’t.

I suppose I’ll just catalogue all my issues in order of when I noticed them.

First off, there were way too many POVs in this story. WAY too many. There were so many POVs that by the time I got back around to one person after going through them all, I had forgotten what that person was doing. And there didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to the POV usage. Some characters had more prominent roles than others, sure, but seemingly random characters we had never met before ended up with POV roles, and they didn’t even do anything substantial to progress the plot. They were there solely to show the reader what was happening in places the reader wouldn’t otherwise see.

And this was a mistake, in my opinion, because frankly, most of the information from those POVs wasn’t necessary. Cutting it out wouldn’t have resulted in any confusion. Adding it, in fact, created confusion because I wasn’t sure why all these characters were suddenly tossed into the mix, and they didn’t contribute to my overall understanding of the plot.

The POV issue also created a terrible timeline problem. Because there were so many POVs, it was impossible to follow one character’s story through and through, so there were large time gaps between a lot of scenes…that were totally unannounced. Sometimes, it mentioned that “such and such event was so many days ago” somewhere in the middle of the chapter. Sometimes, you just had to figure it out yourself. And I was plain lost on occasion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Wise on April 21, 2014
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Very much enjoyed this trilogy, however the lack of Kira & Samm together in this book made it my least favorite. The excitement was good, but not as vivid and scary as when in the city for the two previous books. However, the twists and shock factor with a few "revelations" in this book did bring it all around and was satisfied with the conclusion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie Doe on June 10, 2014
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This is the third and presumably final book in the Partials series by Dan Wells. I’ve been reading this series from the beginning and have mostly enjoyed the books. This book picks up where the previous one, Fragments, left off. Kira is back on the East Coast, Samm is in Denver, and Marcus is still or around East Meadow. Unfortunately, these three main characters spend much time apart in this book, which I found disappointing, as I liked Kira and Marcus together. Kira is generally spunky, as always, although I am a bit skeptical that even a bright 17 yr old would be smarter than two experienced adult scientists/geneticists (because Kira is the one who discovers the solution to Partial expiration).

The ending to this was abrupt. I read the Kindle version, and at about 92-93% of way through, the situation still hadn’t been resolved. Then...OK, everyone’s convinced and wham, bam, the book’s over. This series almost needs another book--or at least a novella--to really wrap up all the loose ends and give the reader a sense of closure for many of the characters.

I also thought that the plot wandered at times and followed characters and events that had no real impact in the overall story line. Some of that material could easily have been cut, and a better ending could have been included. The storyline also seemed padded by the introduction this late in the series of another villian who was killing humans and collecting body parts (saying any more would be spoiler-ish).

Overall, an OK finish to the series. If you’ve read the other two books, you should read this one to see how it all turns out.
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