March 23, 2012

Book Review: Partials


Title: Partials
Author: Dan Wells

Synopsis:
     The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials - engineered organic beings identical to humans - has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out. 
     Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them - connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there. 
     Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question - one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival. 

Genre: Dystopian

Thoughts on the Book:
     I've been intrigued by this book ever since it was released. Well, obviously, the cover says a lot. The cover was beautiful. Plus the fact that it was compared to Hunger Games. That was all it took me put this on my to-read list of books.
     Yes, there were some instances where it has some similarities with Hunger Games. Kira Walker, for example. I can see Katniss Everdeen's character in her. She's stubborn, brave, and willing to die to save the world. Marcus is like Gale. He always jokes around his friends. 
     Somehow, Partials is a lot different from Hunger Games although they're both dystopian themed. Partials has a bit of science fiction too.
     I admit that the first part of the book was a bit distressing because I can't seem to connect with what the book says like Partials, The Voice, the RM virus. But as I got on reading it, everything fall into its place. It was a very good book - very intriguing, full of actions, has a story and the plot was very detailed that I can actually imagine myself as a character in the book. 
     There's a bit of romance too. A love triangle is in the making between Marcus, Kira, and Samm.
     The book was pretty good but the only problem was that it left me hanging and wanting for more. The book turned out to be a part of a trilogy. If I had known all along, I should have waited for the other two books to be released.

Quotes from the Book:
"Sometimes the hand that feeds you needs a good bite."
"Happiness is the most natural thing in the world when you have it, and the slowest, strangest, most impossible thing when you don't. It's like learning a foreign language: You can think about the words all you want, but you'll never be able to speak it until you suck up your courage and say them out loud."
"Any society needs a certain amount of law: Too much gives you tyranny, but too little gives you chaos."
"If you can't know the truth, live the most awesome lie you can think of." 
 Rating: 5/5

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