Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials–engineered organic beings identical to humans–has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.
When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.
Combining the fast-paced action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Battlestar Galactica, Partials is a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question–one where our sense of humanity is both our greatest liability, and our only hope for survival.
I watched Terminator 2 at a very young age. (Why 2? Because it is obviously the superior one) I think that it made a huge impression on me. It single handily created my love of sci-fi. In Partials the enemy might not be straight up robots but I was just as intrigued by genetically engineered organic beings. Throw a plague in on top of that and you definitely have a book I must read. I went into Partials with high expectations…maybe they were too high because I loved a lot of things but I also had a few issues with it.
The concept is brilliant. I loved everything about it. I’m always fascinated by post-apocalyptic settings and this one was done really well. I found the Partials to be interesting, although they didn’t necessarily live up to the scary hype the characters built for them. This might sound odd but I enjoyed the plague aspect of the story as well, but the chapters where Kira was just doing medical tests and experiments were very, very tiresome. I didn’t mind it at first but it goes on for a long time. This leads me to my first issue, I feel like the book could have been much shorter.
I didn’t love the characters, but I didn’t dislike them either. Samm was probably my favorite. He was very mysterious. I liked him from the very start. I’m not sure if I was supposed to, but I found him very sympathetic.
I also guessed a big secret plot point within 20 pages. Then it seemed like it took forever to be revealed. I don’t usually mind if I figure things out quickly but the pacing was fairly slow and I got pretty impatient at times.
I still enjoyed the story. I loved the world building and the overall concept of the story. I wish the pacing could have been a little faster but all in all I enjoyed the book. I’m definitely going to read the sequel. I think it will be even better!