How did I get it?:
I bought it.
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 pulsepounding 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.
I have really mixed feelings about this book. I thought it was an interesting read but it also took a very long time to get going. During the first half, I was seriously considering giving it up, but I had heard that it got better and I have Fragments to read too, so I persevered. I’m glad I did because it did pick up and became much more exciting towards the second half/end. The first half does start slowly, it gives you the background information in what seems like incredibly long chapters. It’s worth sticking with though as when the action increases it becomes intriguing.
The characters are good, but they take a while to develop. Kira is a fantastic strong female lead. I loved her passion for fighting for what was right. I think I expected there to be more romance in this story. I kept reading how much Marcus and Kira loved each other but there didn’t seem to be a solid connection between them. Then I thought that Samm and Kira might have something, but that didn’t come through. I guess it’s refreshing to see a dystopian/young adult read that’s not overly romanced based.
Partials is an enjoyable read. It takes a while to get into but it has some intriguing ideas and I think Fragments will be one to look forward to. It has much scope to be action packed and exciting.
Would I recommend it?:
Scarlet- Marissa Meyer