Book Review: Partials by Dan Wells

RATING: StarStarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Post-Apocalyptic | Dystopia | Sci-Fi

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.


It didn’t matter that I find Kira flirty at the start. Or I wanted to get rid of Marcus in more ways than one. Or I wanted Jayden’s character to be realized in its full potential. Because Partials took all my attention and focused it on its fantastic plot and its solid execution. It felt good to read a post-apocalyptic book that doesn’t delve on romance alone. This is one smart, action-packed story, you guys.

Sixteen-year-old Kira doesn’t believe in the Hope Act anymore (eighteen-year-old girls are mandated by the government to get pregnant in two months to grow the numbers of humans). When the Senate lowered the age to sixteen, Kira decided to pursue her idea, no matter how far-fetched, that perhaps Partials holds the key in the RM cure (infants die days after being born because of the RM virus). Why? Because she doesn’t want to pregnant at such a young age. Because she cannot stand watching all those babies die. Because she doesn’t want to live that kind of life. Everything changed when they encountered a Partial.

There are elements that are predictable but still I was surprised when those predictions happened. To say that a plot-driven book gave me enjoyment despite little connections with the main characters is a first for me. Kira’s okay but I love Xochi more. Marcus is a clown and a whiner at the same time. Jayden, I so love. Until the end, he was my favorite character together with Samm. And Samm is unbelievable. His actions and thoughts are true to his character. Although his exposure is short-lived, I want to see more of him in the sequel.

There are times I get lost to all the genetic talk but that’s fine. I just flip back a few pages to understand it more. And i thought this book is too long. But Well’s writing is very engaging. Every chapter end made me want to start the next chapter immediately.

So what else can I say? Partials is really good. Never mind those characters that I didn’t like. Because Kira’s story will absorb you ‘til you get to the very end. And because of this, I am wildly anticipating its sequel, Fragments.

Publisher: HarperCollins

Imprint: Balzer + Bray

Pub Date: 02/28/2012

Thank you NetGalley and Callie Crisp for granting my galley request.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


4 thoughts on “Book Review: Partials by Dan Wells

    • thank you, Aikchien! i was surprised with this book. if you frequent my blog, you should know then that i am not into sci-fi that much, but i’m beginning to appreciate reading this genre nowadays!

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