Friday, October 30, 2015

The Partials

cover_imageTITLE: Partials
AUTHOR: Dan Wells
RELEASE DATE: February 2013
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray
PAGES: 472 pages (series: The Partials, Fragments, Ruins)
GENRE: Science Fiction, Dystopian
APPROPRIATE AGE: grades 8-12

SUMMARY: In the year 2076, the United States has just won the Isolation War against China and Iran in which that created genetically modified soldiers called Partials. After the war, the Partials return to the United States only to be treated as second class citizens. After years of this unfair treatment, the Partials turn on their creators and begin a war with the human race, releasing a deadly virus called RM that kills 99% of the human race. Kira Walker survives "The Break" and works as a medic-in-training trying to find a cure to RM by observing a captured Partial, named Samm.

WHAT I LIKED: I enjoyed the world building of this book series. Kira and the remaining humans live in a small city on Long Island where they have access to all the fashion they could want. For fun, they rummage through old stores looking for new clothes. Kira's adopted sister, Sochi, collects music players. After living like this for ten years, canned food is starting to go bad. Reading this book, really makes you think about how you would survive in a post-apocalyptic world and what your priorities would be.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: There were a couple of holes in the story. I think it was the middle of the second book before I fully understood what a Partial was. Throughout the first book, people referred to the Partials as machines, and not human. They were built and engineered to look eighteen years old. They don't age, they don't procreate; so throughout the first book I thought as a Partial as an "it". But throughout the other books you begin to learn that even though Partials aren't technically born, they still have fear, empathy, love; and you begin to wonder what really is the difference between a Partial and a human.

BOOK TRAILER: This is easily one of the best Book Trailers I have found. It is Paragen created propaganda for Partials. While it doesn't give you the details of the book series, it definitely peaks your interest.

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