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Book 3 of 3 in the Partials Sequence Series

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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.

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Partials Sequence (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 1st edition (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062071106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062071101
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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6 of 7 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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10 of 13 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 ashlei on March 20, 2014
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I fell in love with Kira and Samm during the first two books. I wanted more of them here. At least Samm. I was disappointed that I had to read through 4 other people's viewpoints before I would hear from Samm or Kira again. They were the ones we fell in love with not Ariel or Shon. I found myself flipping pages trying to get to something better and exciting.

There was so much going on at once I found it difficult to keep up with everything with 5-6 different viewpoints going on. It was pretty boring when one character would find out new information and then another character would find out the same info later on and we would have to recap.

I just thought it could have been better.
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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 Laura on April 3, 2014
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This was a pretty mediocre ending to a pretty "meh" series. If you like illogical conclusions that come out of nowhere, random story lines that are thrown in to appease the protagonist's back story, and other story lines that never get resolved this is the book for you! Someday I would like to read a dystopian series that ends well. This was not that series. I gave it two stars because it was finish-able. That's the best thing I can say about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meredith on May 23, 2014
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I did enjoy this book and had invested enough in the story and characters to keep reading, even though some of the plot devices annoyed me. (Fair warning, my review may have a few spoilers!)

Good things about this book: It resolves the series long dilemma about how to cure RM and how to cure the Partial expiration. The love triangle between Kira-Marcus-Samm has an ending. The characters who haven't died meet up at the end. We find out about Kira's father. Personally, I was less annoyed with the character of Marcus in this book than the previous two. The "jokes" and dry humor was not as grating, cheesy and condescending as it was in the first two. LOTS of action! The plot is generally always moving and doesn't feel too stagnant. We get answers concerning Khan's disease and how he got it, and also what Ariel and Isolde were built for.

Bad/Annoying things: A few editorial errors. I got sick of everyone "snarling" all the time. Saying someone "snarled" just makes me think of a dog, but this could be my own personal hatred of that word in literary uses. :) The author never has the characters have a conversation about how there are thousands of other humans living in the Preserve. For some reason, that bothered me. There are several POV's and it can be a bit jarring. I felt the connection between Samm and Kira more in the other books than in this one. I wish the characters could have been more developed...I guess I just didn't feel a connection with many of them. When Samm and Kira finally see each other again and share their feelings, I just thought, "Eh." Also, Kira's arrogant attitude annoyed me in this book. There's a line at the end of the book where she declared herself "the closest thing the human race has to a leader." Um...really?
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