Tuesday, 28 February 2012
PARTIALS BY DAN WELLS
BLURB from Netgalley
Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials--engineered organic beings identical to humans--has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.
When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.
Combining the fast-paced action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Battlestar Galactica, Partials is a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question--one where our sense of humanity is both our greatest liability, and our only hope for survival.
This is a dystopian/post apocalyptic tale. I really enjoyed this book, it is quite fast paced, there's plenty of action and adventure going on. I loved the characters especially Kira, who is strong willed and has her own strong opinions on what is right and wrong. Once she gets sets her mind to doing something no one can change her mind. She becomes more determined to find a cure for the RM when one of her best friends becomes pregnant. Kira and her group of fellow misfits leave to try and find a cure. They lose people along the way and friendships are made as well as broken too.
I also love the mystery which is suggested at the end of the book as to who Nandita actually is and what her relationship with Kira is too.
I really like the cover too, the way it depicts Kira looking to a lonely landscape ahead of her. The whole concept of the Partials is a brilliant one too. Kira learns that it is not just her race that is having problems. A race that was literally built to fight wars for the humans. there are plenty of questions that rise during the book, such as Did the Partials really release the RM virus? Do they hold the secret elusive key to an antidote to the RM virus? What is the reality of the government? How much do they know about the Partials? Are they lying to the people? Is the Hope Act really needed? How low will the Age Limit be lowered in the Hope Act? Can Kira come up with a solution to the RM problem and the Partials problems too? Can the humans and the Partials ever find and live in peace?
These are just some of the questions raised in the book, some are answered, some are left to be answered in bk2 and some raise other questions for bk2.
So Did I like it? Yes! Would I read bk2?Yes please (when is it available?)Would I recommend it? Yes, especially to dystopian & apocalyptic lovers.
Available 28th February 2012 Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk £4.99