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Ruins (Partials Sequence) Paperback – March 10, 2015
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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. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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I can say, however, that this novel's saving grace is that despite the end in character growth for the vast majority of our stars, there is one character whose growth into the beauty that shows up at the end is one that is even more heartbreaking than the pairing of Kira and Afa in the second book.
My main gripe with this book as a conclusion is the conclusion itself. Eleventh-hour antagonist aside, the ending just seems too YA to me. Granted this is a YA series, but for the most part it dealt with very adult themes and choices. Author Dan Wells sends the unrealistic message to youths with his very neatly wrapped up, much too happy ending that you can get through even the most disheartening of dilemmas and everything will be all right. Of course, those of us who have seen some of life know that this is almost never the case.
I'd give this one a 4.5 if I could, but I have to be fair.
P.S. What a way to keep you guessing with the two truths and a lie game while reading this book. And, the ending… well… ummmm… Why did it just have to end?!!!!! ... :)
high pg-13 level due to violence