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Partials (Partials Sequence Series #1)

Partials (Partials Sequence Series #1)

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by Dan Wells

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For fans of The Hunger Games, Battlestar Galactica, and Blade Runner comes the first book in the Partials Sequence, a fast-paced, action-packed, and riveting sci-fi teen series, by acclaimed author Dan Wells.

Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the


For fans of The Hunger Games, Battlestar Galactica, and Blade Runner comes the first book in the Partials Sequence, a fast-paced, action-packed, and riveting sci-fi teen series, by acclaimed author Dan Wells.

Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the 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. But sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war's origin that she never knew to ask.

Playing on our curiosity of and fascination with the complete collapse of civilization, Partials is, at its heart, a story of survival, one that explores the individual narratives and complex relationships of those left behind, both humans and Partials alike—and of the way in which the concept of what is right and wrong in this world is greatly dependent on one's own point of view.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
“Readers who enjoy headstrong feminist leads making their way . . . in the not-too-distant future will find plenty to like in Partials.”
Wall Street Journal
“Mr. Wells has recombined familiar dystopian elements, added original ones and thrown in dashes of dry wit to create a sprawling, action-packed medical thriller full of big ideas and exciting reversals.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Wells creates a compelling, fantastically complex post-apocalyptic landscape, adding thought-provoking twists to a classic story of humanity creating its own doom...With broad cross-genre appeal and an engaging balance of thematic depth and rip-roaring action, this winner will leave readers clamoring for sequels."
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

“Wells creates a compelling, fantastically complex post-apocalyptic landscape, adding thought-provoking twists to a classic story of humanity creating its own doom...With broad cross-genre appeal and an engaging balance of thematic depth and rip-roaring action, this winner will leave readers clamoring for sequels.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Wells creates a compelling, fantastically complex post-apocalyptic landscape, adding thought-provoking twists to a classic story of humanity creating its own doom...With broad cross-genre appeal and an engaging balance of thematic depth and rip-roaring action, this winner will leave readers clamoring for sequels.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Wells creates a compelling, fantastically complex post-apocalyptic landscape, adding thought-provoking twists to a classic story of humanity creating its own doom...With broad cross-genre appeal and an engaging balance of thematic depth and rip-roaring action, this winner will leave readers clamoring for sequels.”
Pittacus Lore
“A thrilling sci-fi adrenaline rush, with one of the most compelling and frightening visions of Earth’s future I’ve seen yet. I couldn’t put it down.”
Publishers Weekly
Long Island, N.Y., is the last outpost of humanity in adult author Wells’s (the John Cleaver series) YA debut. Wells prefers immediate impact to consistent world-building (for instance, the skin of corpses in a rat- and rot-infested apartment building has somehow been preserved), but it’s an intriguing world nonetheless. Weakened by war with an engineered life form, the Partials, humanity was knocked out by RM, a virus that the few survivors have been unable to cure or breed an immunity to. Every baby born since “the Break” has died, and a desperate government has mandated reproduction, hoping for a miracle. Kira, a 16-year-old medic, is tired of death and terrified of forced fertility. When her friend Maddy conceives, Kira concocts a plan to capture a Partial and use its biological material to find a cure. She’s not prepared for the shocking humanity of her target, Samm, or for what she learns about herself. Though long on historical description and political debates, readers who enjoy SF-oriented postapocalyptic stories will relish this one. Ages 14–up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger Inc. (Mar.)
VOYA - Jonatha Bayse
Kira Walker, Plague baby and medic-in-training, was only five years old when the deadly RM virus was unleashed upon the world. The virus killed most of the population, and continues to wreak havoc on newborn children. Babies cannot fight off the disease, and because of this, the human race is becoming extinct. Kira believes that she can find a cure, but she must battle the Partials, the Senate, and the Voice in order to discover it. Kira's group of friends sacrifices everything to help her on this quest. They even go so far as to capture a Partial (a genetically-engineered humanoid), so that Kira can study its biological make up, and potentially unlock the secret behind RM. Wells's first novel is an ambitious attempt. The story's main idea is solid, but gets lost in the mix. There are so many sub-groups that the reader has to deal with, that it is hard to keep track of who is doing what and why they are fighting each other. This reviewer was also confused about how Wells broke up the novel into three parts, with part two beginning three months later, and then part three, four hours later. It feels as if Wells wanted to cover a lot of material in a short amount of time. If dystopian YA fiction is your thing, skip this one. There are many others out there that are more worth your time. Reviewer: Jonatha Bayse
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—A postapocalyptic thriller set in 2076 on Long Island, NY. Kira Walker, a 16-year-old medic in training, believes she can find a cure for the RM virus that's killing all the newborns. It's been 11 years since a war in which genetically enhanced humans called Partials turned on their creators and released the virus that killed most of the population. The Senate has enacted the Hope Act, making it mandatory for all 18-year-old females to become pregnant to maximize the chances of a child being born resistant to the virus. Now that her adopted sister Madison is pregnant, Kira is sure that the Partials hold the key. She and Madison's brother and husband, both trained soldiers, take matters into their own hands, cross into the enemy territory of Manhattan, engage in a series of battles with Partials, and capture one. The Senate punishes them but gives Kira five days to study Samm, the prisoner. While doing so, the facility is attacked and Kira nearly killed but Samm saves her life. Despite their mutual distrust, they form a connection and realize that they are pawns in a much bigger conspiracy by both sides. While this book shares similar plot themes with other recent postapocalyptic novels like Lauren DeStefano's Wither (S & S) and Megan McCafferty's Bumped (HarperCollins, both 2011), the emphasis here is on genetics, politics, and paramilitary action. The tendency for the young people to act older than their actual age can be attributed to having had to grow up faster. Readers will be swept along by the fast-paced action and surprising plot twists, and will eagerly await the sequel—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
Kirkus Reviews
Teens battle human extinction in a post-apocalyptic thriller. In the year 2076, Kira Walker's one of the last humans. Eleven years prior, a war against genetically engineered humanoid weapons called Partials abruptly ended with the release of a weaponized virus that killed most humans. Kira is a medic intern working in the maternity ward, where, despite the doctors' best efforts, there has yet to be a single infant born with its parents' immunity. While the Senate attempts to prevent extinction through the Hope Act--legislation commanding all girls 18 or older to be pregnant or trying to conceive--quantity has not yielded a surviving infant, and the oppressive rule births a resistance movement, threatening their small civilization. Kira's determination to discover a way to save her species is intensified through her adopted sister's pregnancy. But with all human aspects of the virus thoroughly studied, Kira and a small band turn to a less orthodox way of gaining biological information--the immune Partials. Their covert mission starts a chain reaction, uncovering secrets revealed through political dealings, medical pathology and paramilitary action sequences. The rollercoaster plot takes precedence over character at times, and the generally realistic world occasionally strains credibility. The rushed ending promises a sequel, progressing the story enough that readers are certain to return. A dark, wild ride. (Science fiction. 14 & up)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Partials Sequence Series , #1
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5.46(w) x 7.82(h) x 1.27(d)
HL810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Pittacus Lore

“A thrilling sci-fi adrenaline rush, with one of the most compelling and frightening visions of Earth’s future I’ve seen yet. I couldn’t put it down.”

Meet the Author

Dan Wells is the author of the bestselling Partials Sequence as well as the John Cleaver series. He has been nominated for the Campbell Award and has won a Hugo Award and three Parsec Awards for his podcast Writing Excuses. He plays a lot of games, reads a lot of books, and eats a lot of food, which is pretty much the ideal life he imagined for himself as a child. You can find out more online at www.thedanwells.com.

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Partials 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 204 reviews.
Truly_Bookish More than 1 year ago
I love dystopian and post apocalyptic stories, especially the ones with solid science fiction elements included. Partials is heavier on the science than most YA sci-fi books I’ve read recently but don’t let that daunt you. Dan Wells expertly weaves the science elements with action and romance that creates a fascinating book that had me glued to the pages. Partials is set in 2076 in the aftermath of a war, a rebellion and a virus that wiped out most of the population. The humans who survived have made a stand on Long Island, barricading themselves against the partials, genetically engineered humanoid soldiers, and against human rebels who oppose the government. Instead of a big, faceless, evil government in most dystopias, this survivor community is run by a small but devious and power hungry group of senators. Before I start talking about the individual characters, I have to give Dan Wells massive kudos for including a racially diverse group of people in his novel. As a reader who loves to see multi-culturalism in fiction, I am thrilled to tell you that the population of survivors looks a lot like the world’s current population and the story is richer because of it. Kira is a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training who is super smart and determined. Weary of seeing newborn babies die from the virus and knowing that the government is not close to finding a cure, Kira comes up with a crazy, desperate plan to find a solution before her best friend’s baby is born. Kira is not the kick-butt character you typically see in dystopia but she is brilliant, brave, a quick thinker and has devoted herself completely to finding a cure. It’s her all-in attitude that makes her so awesome. Kira’s boyfriend, Marcus, is sweet and loves her but they have different priorities. Marcus wants to live a happy, safe life with Kira and let others worry about humanity’s future. Samm is the partial that Kira helps to kidnap and study and while there is no love triangle in this first book, I can see the possibility of some romantic tension in the sequel. Normally I don’t like love triangles but I may be in favor of one in this case. In the sea of dystopian/post apocalyptic YA novels, Partials stands out from the rest. Awesome world building, exciting action scenes along with betrayals and fantastic plot twists make Partials a great read. I cannot wait for Fragments, the next book in the series, to be released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is up there with some of my favorites 1. Interesting idea- geneticaly engineered people made to fight for us kill us and the survivors can not find a cure for saving babies 2. Dynamic characters- main character Kira strong female lead in the book, Marcus funny caring, Samm enemy and friend, Haru opinionated daring, Xochi smart helpful strong, Jayden tough reliable daring 3. Amazing action- its perfect not too gory but extremely real and exciting 4. Placement of events- you can never guess whats coming next with easy to follow twists in the plot leaving you on the edge of your seat about Kiras next move 5. Cover- its interesting, has a part in the book, cool to look at Theres more but i dont want a long boring review so youll just have to read the book If you enjoyed this book try: Hollowland Amanda Hocking Eden Keary Taylor Arena One Morgan Rice Skinned Robin Wasserman These books all have strong female lead roles, dystopian futures, Robotic and or genetically changed enemies, action packed scenes
Shatterbooks More than 1 year ago
Well let's just say I cant believe I put this book down! I was always excited to read this. I'm happy that I finished it! Even though it ended with a cliff hanger... Plus the cover is gorgeous! First chapter: The world is destroy by partials 11 years ago. Now they are trying to rebuild but the problem is they can't reproduce. Every time a baby is born, it dies in secs. They have no idea why. Kira is one of the nurses and she hates how baby are dying and no one is doing anything about it except write down information. Kira is a independent person. A very strong woman. Even though she's only a teenager. If she says to do something, you will do it! I love everything about her! Kira and Marcus: They are cute :) I love the romance between them. I love how they always argue with each other. They seem more real. Kira keeps turning Marcus down. I love Samm! I love the relationship between him and Kira. I'm hoping to see more of them in the future! :) I definitely love her friends. They are so supportive! There's a whole lot of action in this book. I just love it so much! One of my favorite books in 2012. You will definitely love this book! I promise you!
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
Partial is the first novel, in a new series by Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer. In this YA, post-apocalyptic dystopia the year is 2076. It has been eleven years since the uprising of the Partials; a group of engineered organic beings who released a virus known as RM. This virus wiped out most of humanity and left the few remaining unable to produce living offspring. Wells took me on a fast paced, breathtaking ride and left me wanting more. The world-building in this novel is fantastic, unique, and believable. Wells painted a world that I could see, and his attention to detail had me riveted. The plot is engaging, and not a page was wasted in the development, and movement of this story. I became completely engrossed, and the rest of my world faded away. The remaining humans are living in or around, Long Island, NY. They are frantically trying to find a cure for RM to stop their dwindling numbers. The community is governed by a small senate that passes laws to ensure the continued existence of mankind. One such law is the Hope Act. It states that every female must become pregnant at the age of eighteen. These women give birth over and over again. For eleven years they have studied and tested but no child has survived. This Act caused friction within the community, and some left; becoming a group known as the Voice. Violent outbreaks, and theft have become a source of tension between the two. The Partials haven’t been seen in eleven years, but both sides fear an attack. Protagonist Kira is a sixteen year old medic in training. Wells has created a strong, fearless, and bright heroine. I immediately connected and saw her as a believable leader. Despite her age, Kira is wise beyond her years, and wants to find a cure for RM. Wells gives us a female character who can think for herself regardless of her friends opinions. Kira believes that the cure is connected with the source of the infection, and wants to study a Partial. Despite being forbidden to do so, she, and a team of her friends head out in search of one. The tale that unfolds is stunning, mind-boggling and one of the best I have read. I truly cannot wait to get my hands on book two. I want to thank netGalley and HarperCollins for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
danja More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was a very entertaining read. hoping for a sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a pretty good book as far as dystopian Young Adult (YA) stories go. I do not usually enjoy YA, as I am an adult and not the target audience. Even if you are an adult, this book is worth your time and money to read it on a Nook Tablet. Its pacing is a little odd. Some parts feel rushed while others are painfully over detailed. But its a good story. The characters are semi likeable. However, they do act like teenagers in that they are very impulsive, puppy love, generalized confusion, and strong desire to make things right. Even when nothing is logically feasible these teens go for it anyway. Honestly, the group believes that any consequeces or repercussions are going to be easily resolved, exactly like kids today. I am not saying that all teens are reckless, impulsive, strongly distrust authority figures. Some are high functioning, and brilliant. But its not the norm for teens. Being a teenager is difficult because during puberty the human brain does a full overhaul. The same kind of changes also happen between birth and age 5. Then things are set, until one grows up and enters the teen years. This time the brain starts rewiring the emotiinal centers of the brain first. This leads to a lot of confusion (emotionally) and "drama" in their outside and inside world. Finally the logic centers are rewired. Thank goodness because in the end you have a young person who is well balanced internally again I think that the author either has teens at home or has done a lot of research. I respect that. His characters act just like real teens high on crazy idealism train that drives their actions. The most teen-ish idea is the main character's (Kyra's) feelings of immortality. Even while Kyra admits that death is a possibility, she doesn't really believe that she, personally, will die. Obviously, as readers, we know that the main character cannot die-off in the first book. really believe that they can do anything and that the repercussions wont be too severe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed everything about this book. I read a lot and have read just about every book of this "type" that has come out in the last few years. This is one of the few that had completely unique ideas and refreshing dialogue. I am definitely looking forward to the next installment in this trillogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Partials is an exciting book, filled with mystery and action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It was fabulous. A great read for the summer if you need a good book. I can't wait to read the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a refreshingly different book tht i really enjoyed. Something i think anyone who liked the hunger games should read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live on long island so it was so cool to actually know the spots this book mentioned! An overall great read with an interesting plot although its a little confusing at times. I give it 4.5 stars.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a unique take on the end of the world senerio. While it was not my favorite book the plot was well thought out and a major twist at the end. While the writing did not grab me it was packed with action that kept the book moving. It was pretty long and was very discriptive in science and military lingo. The dialog tended to repeat itself to remind you of important facts, but really were not necessary. In all a good read ill read the second.
Ashley-at-Nook-of-Books More than 1 year ago
I am late to the game with this series. I have read so many great reviews I just had to pick it up. I found this was a very interesting dystopian. The idea behind the book is great, and I kept reading because I was so fascinated by it. Humans love to try and play God. If we could create super soldiers to save our own. I can see that happening. Especially in the US. How would we treat them after the war was over? That is the question. I can not imagine the feeling when you only see numbers dwindling in population and no cure for the virus that kills babies as soon as they are born. I can't imagine a world with out babies and toddlers. I can't imagine being forced to become pregnant at an early in life, and carry the baby only to see it die at birth. It would be a world so hard to have any kind of hope in, and not just give up. Kira, our main character, is someone I really enjoyed reading about. She lets herself accept something she has grown to hate, and realizes maybe they need each other. She goes against the grain to fight for what her tells her is right. She will do whatever it takes for her to accomplish the goals she wants to happen. She learns that she is far more capable then she thought possible. I found her to be a brave and likeable character. Overall, I really enjoyed this. I have read Fragments (Review will follow soon) already, and can't wait to find out the rest of the story. If you haven't read this one yet. Hop to it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me blown away! I was in awe from dan wells ability to write and explain in detail, science topics and created a plausible end of the world scenario. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and all the characters that helped developed it. By the end of the novel I couldn't think of anything else and immediately had to start Fragments ( the second book). Definitely one of my top favorite books!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Fragments is equally good if not better. Too bad the wait for book 3 (ruins) is so long!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! I really enjoyed this. It was slow at first but soon it becomes a gripping, exciting novel with lots of twists and turns! I would reccomend this to any fellow teen dystopian fans, seeing as I'm 13.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected this to be alot like Eden, and the basic plot was, but the story was far more complex and deep, in Eden Eve couldent feel or understand the emotions around her, and the story was mostly about her learning to be human, and less about the situation. This book was more about the situation, and we saw less of a love story, and more of a determination story. It was fantastic.
BookWhales More than 1 year ago
What if the only hope for Humanity isn’t Human? Partials is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel where we see the world, eleven years since the break where humans are slowly faltering, and the babies born from each woman most inevitably dies because of a virus they called the RM which hindered the survival of newborns. We follow Kira Walker, a medic in training as she struggles to find the cure for this virus which slowly wipes out the human race. Danger lurks in every direction, and dark secrets begin to spill. The only word I can say for this book is WOW!! Really! Wow! Partial is such a brilliant novel that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. There were no dull moments at all and I easily devoured it in one sitting! Let’s start with the characters. Each of them was well developed and I found myself loving every single one of them! Kira is a very inspiring heroine. At such a young age, she already thinks maturely. She’s strong, independent, determined and very dedicated to her role as a medic. She’s also an idealist who aspires something that everyone believed is already impossible: Finding a cure for the deadly RM virus. She believed in that one goal and she’s willing to risk everything to find it, even if she dies just to achieve it. I really admired her for that. Marcus, her boyfriend is a really sweet guy. During serious moments, he never fails to lighten the mood with his antics. Of all Kira’s adoptive sisters, I loved Xochi the most. She’s one tough girl and is not afraid to say what she thinks is right. And I most definitely can NOT forget Samm, our hot, kick-ass partial! Yum! Next is the plot. Dan Wells is a genius for writing such a magnificent book that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The storyline is unique and Kira’s world was wonderfully made and very realistic. There were a lot of medical terms and processes that I really tried to understand. Being a graduate from the medical field, I thoroughly enjoyed every explanation about the virus and everything just seemed plausible! Another thing I loved in this book is that Romance only played a very, very minor role. Survival was the main plot here, and it’s something new for me! (And although I liked Kira and Marcus, I can’t help but root for Kira and Samm as well!) The writing style was really amazing. The book was brilliantly written in such a way that it’s easy to understand, not boring, and even though there were a lot of information about the virus and the medicines, I didn’t have these “info dump” feeling at all. Over all, Partials is the best book I’ve read this month so far and it was instantly included on my favorite books! I love, love, love this book! I am definitely stalking the next book, Fragments and I cannot wait for it to come out. I give this book five awesome whales.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved these books very different then end of the world out look on things
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved these books so much! Was sad to finally end them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, and the rest of the sequence. If you enjoy dystopian stories with strong, smart female lead characters this book is for you. The book and the rest of the sequence were engaging and thought provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely a must read. I love the way Dan Wells writes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago