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Monday, February 6, 2012

Jaime's Review of Partials by Dan Wells

From Goodreads.
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.

Jaime’s review….

I really liked this book! I’m not going to say loved as there were a few things that I didn’t like but, I was able to overlook them for the most part. I guess I’ll start out with what I didn’t enjoy first. The length of the book; this book took longer than most to get through and I feel it could have been shorter I hope the rest of the books in the series are because I do plan to read them. I found myself asking “when is this going to end” a few times. The second thing I didn’t enjoy; I felt no emotional connection to any of the characters in the story my heart didn’t race during the action sequences and I didn’t get upset when something bad happened. I also usually have a crush on one of the male characters in a book but I didn’t find myself drawn to any of them. So no swooning over a boy in this one for me guys.

Now on to what I did like. The story itself was awesome and beautifully written!  I really liked the idea and the way Dan Wells envisioned the world and how they came to be after the wars. Kira is a pretty badass heroine and her circle of friends were also pretty awesome! I also really liked the description of the places in the story I could easily visualize them. I really want to learn more about the partials themselves and I hope book 2 is more about them and the mysterious Para-Gen. Oh and the cover was gorgeous! Like I said I definitely will be reading book 2 and I am looking forward to it!

Add Partials to your Goodreads shelves.
Partials comes out February 28th so make sure to pre-order your copy!

Thanks to Harper Teen and Netgalley for the review copy!


  1. I had most of the same issues that you did. Length and lack of connection to the characters. I did like them, but I felt something was missing. But yeah. The world-building was freaking fantastic. Nice review.

    1. Thanks Kara! Yeah this one was a hard review to write. I waited a couple days for my thoughts to gather.


  2. hmm.. I guess I didnt totally connect with the characters as much as I could have, but the length didn't stop me at all. I flew through it! I can see where you're coming from though..

  3. I don't mind lack of connection to the characters or not having a swoonworthy boy, especially if the world was awesome and the idea was amazing. So I may enjoy this one. And I totally had cover love for this, too.

    But I do tend to love those just a bit more where my heart is racing, even if I don't care if the characters make it. I love tension and that feeling like the story is so action-packed I can't possibly set it down.

    Hmmm, since this isn't a required read, I may wait until my immediate pile is just a little shorter. Thanks for the honest review! This could be a story I love, especially if you say you're still going to read the series. But perhaps I'll read it in April! Thanks Jaime. :)

  4. Awesome review Jaime! I'm more than eager to read the second book. *sad face* that you didn't grow attached to the characters. I grew particularly attached to Kira but I actually really started lovin' Xochi! Her sense of humor had me cracking up. *grins*

  5. Great review :) !! I love kick ass heroines so I'm sure I'll love Kira !! It's too bad there's no male characters swoon worthy in this one .. but I may read it anyway since it sounds very very good !!

    I'm a new follower by the way :) !! Here's my blog : onceuponaquote.blogspot.com !!
    Thanks for the review Jaime !!


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