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"In a post-apocalyptic eastern seaboard ravaged by disease and war with a manmade race of people called Partials, the chance at a future rests in the hands of Kira Walker, a sixteen-year-old medic in training"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, ©2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062071040
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION WELLS
Characteristics: 470 pages ; 22 cm


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ChristchurchTeens Jun 17, 2020

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... First of a series that includes Fragments (2013) and Ruins (2014).

It’s no secret that I’m heavily into young adult dystopic/post-apocalyptic stuff these days and I liked this one a lot. Interesting stuff, and I’m looking forward to the next one. Shades of Terminator, artificial soldiers created to win human wars and the aftermath, lots of big issues (i.e. The Hope Act – women legally obligated to be pregnant as often as possible, viruses, political corruption) and lots of secrets to be revealed. (submitted by JF)

Mar 20, 2017

So I am going to throw in the towel on this one. I am about a quarter of the way through and still have zero interest or investment in any of the characters.

Kira just does nothing for me. Nor do any of her friends/boyfriend, etc. The only character that showed a spark of life for me was Jayden and it doesn't seem as if he is going to be a major part of this book at this point. And, honestly, it wouldn't matter if he was because while he had a spark of life it wouldn't be enough to carry the book.

What I've got so far is some indistinct threat from the Partials, which are mentioned constantly but never really explored or explained. An indistinct threat from the Voice, also mentioned ad nauseum but not clearly and a shadowy government with some screwed up ideas. In the midst of this is Kira, who (of course) scored the highest medic marks and is going to save the world.

Just explain one thing to me: did all the actual scientists die in the RM release or are the government/researchers being purposely obtuse? In what universe do you begin searching for a cure to a virus by intentionally having thousands of babies so you can watch them die? The progression of a disease is one of the first things to be established. How, 11 years later, are they still at this stage. I quit reading when Kira had the genius idea to look at the survivors blood to see what makes them know, the thing any rational human being would have done first....before forcing countless teenagers into doomed pregnancies and countless babies to die horribly just days after birth. Seems to me, a non-scientist, that the question of why the survivors are immune would have been at the top of my list. And not thought up By a 17 year old girl 11 years after this apocalypse takes place. The fact that the whole book is based around this idea of scientists not thinking to do that, just so Kira could, is infuriating.

I went into this really looking forward to an exploration of humanity set against the Partials. The blurb mentions that the Partials are genetically engineered organic beings. Unlike most stories in this vein, they aren't cyborgs or androids or in any way a machine. They are organic, just like humans. That is what I was here for. Not girl-prodigy-genius thinking of doing LITERALLY the first thing the CDC would have done if this were real.

The suspension of disbelief was too much to invest any more time in a world where no one, throughout all the death and suffering and violation of rights, had thought of that before. Honestly, if they are running their new society that poorly they probably deserve to go extinct.

Dec 22, 2016

As a book this was well above average. However, it is the first of a trilogy and, while I felt the series as a whole was well written and worth the time, I did have some issues. Most notably, the second book in the series is a "bridge book" that does not really have a beginning, middle and end. Also, I found the end somewhat unsatisfying in that it is simplistic compared to the complex world and relationships developed throughout the book. Finally I found the "science" in this science fiction book fantastical. Much of the story is dependent on a super-soldiers grown in a vat and able to communicate memories and thoughts via pheromones. Obviously there is a lot of science fiction that is fantastical but this book is relatively realistic in other respects and so this part of the story seem awkward, albeit only slightly so. Finally, as occurs in all too many science fiction books the science is inconsistent- biologist are able to retroactively genetically modify humans and animals but apparently space travel no longer exists and those same scientist can't solve the problems they create, and while that last one is not wholly unrealistic, it seems contrived in light of the otherwise fantastical nature of their scientific abilities everywhere else.

So, bottom line, a better than average first book in a better than average trilogy but not perfect.

Oct 25, 2016

I had actually never even heard of this book before our teacher assigned a culminating with a series of books as selections that we had to read. I looked this up on Goodreads, and thought "why not?" So I picked it up and I am really glad I did. This is a good sci-fi book with hints of romance that are subtle enough not to make you gag. So what if the world was ending because no one could have any more children? What if this was because all those children died from a disease soon after they were born? Kira, a young intelligent nurse in an internship, struggles to deal with the rising pressure of forcing mandatory childbirth to be lowered to younger women. Alongside that, she works with those in the hospital to deliver babies, only to have them die shortly after. Anyone wonder what she'll do next? 5/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 18, 2015

Similar to the ever popular Hunger Games, and Divergent, yet so different, Partials is a unique book. It was a great book, well worth my time but probably not one of the very best that I’ve read. It’s about a girl, Kira Walker, who lives in what could be called a post-apocalyptic setting. There was a war 11 years ago between the humans and partials (engineered organic beings that look exactly like humans but are much stronger). After the war the partials released a virus, RM, that killed almost all of the human population, and which led to the death of every baby born in this 11 year period. When Kira’s friend gets pregnant and her baby is threatened she decides that she has to save this baby and cure RM. She goes out on a mission with a group of her friends, to capture a partial so she can study it, looking for a cure. She brings the partial back and studies it, but along with that she learns many secrets about the council, the partials and RM itself. When the council threatens to kill the partial earlier than planned, Kira gets frustrated and breaks him out of the hospital and takes him back to his own people, but she also learns a lot of new secrets there about the partials, and herself. I really enjoyed this book. I found it very eye-catching just by reading the summary, and then during the first half of the book I was well into it. The title Partials is obviously because of the beings called the partials. It’s just like Divergent, based on the divergent. I can’t wait to read the second book of the trilogy. I recommend it to anyone who loves Sci-Fi and dystonia novels.

Feb 14, 2015

Oh my gosh, this book was incredible! I could feel Kira's panic, Samm's fear, Miranda's hope - Dan Wells is an incredible author. Such a twist at the end! I loved it.

Jul 23, 2014

Enjoyable read. If you pay attention to some hints during the text you can guess at the twist at the end but even then you still don't know the why which is why you keep reading :)

Jul 04, 2014

This book was amazing! I usually don't enjoy post apocalyptic fiction but I'm so glad I picked this one up. Partials was a very action packed, intense read. I had to know what was going to happen, but at the same time I didn't want the book to end. I would definitely recommend this book. Put Partials on your to read list! It was just that good!

Feb 14, 2014

It was pretty good, enough to make me want to read the sequel. :) What I enjoyed most was the shocking conclusion about the protagonist's lineage!

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