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Partials by Dan Wells

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to 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 threaten to launch what’s left of humanity into 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 discover 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.

Goodreads Summary

Another terrific dystopian readers can look forward to.  In the forbidding environment Dan Wells created, the reader will learn of the deadly RM virus.  The RM virus is believed to be spread by "Partials" or militant, partially human forces.  The RM virus barely leaves anyone alive in its path, killing newly born infants within a day of their birth.  Kira, the main character, is very young, but already a medic.  She strives to find a cure for this deadly virus, even if it means going to the enemy's camp. 

With the shreds of humanity forced into a small space, no one feels safe.  Humanity is at risk of extinction and strict laws are employed to keep citizens from fully panicking.  Kira and a group of friends, also part of the "military," set out to save humanity-or die trying.  Kira was easy to connect to, she is a sympathetic character with quite a few secrets that she doesn't even know about lurking in her past.  The reader will love getting to know the other secondary characters, they each stand out and some harbor secrets.  The events were very fast-paced, making the book hard to put down and one an avid reader may finish in a day or two despite the book's thickness.  Look for another great dystopian sequel from this author!

4 Stars

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