Partials (Partials Sequence Series #1)

Partials (Partials Sequence Series #1)

by Dan Wells


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Partials (Partials Sequence Series #1) by Dan Wells

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062071057
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/26/2013
Series: Partials Sequence Series , #1
Pages: 472
Sales rank: 145,274
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 7.82(h) x 1.27(d)
Lexile: HL810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Dan Wells is the author of the Mirador series (Bluescreen, Ones and Zeroes, and Active Memory), as well as the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series—the first book of which, I Am Not a Serial Killer, has been made into a major motion picture. 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

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Partials 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 208 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 2 days ago
Partials By: Dan Wells “Freedom is a responsibility to be earned, not a license for recklessness and anarchy. If someday, despite our strongest efforts and our deepest determination, we finally fall, let it be because our enemies finally beat us, not because we beat ourselves.” Eleven years ago was the Partial War that has wiped out nearly the entire human population. Releasing a Virus that has left the next generation of humans unborn. Kira Walker is an intern at the only human hospital left in the World. Her only goal is to cure the deadliest disease known to humans as RM. As she inches closer to a cure, there's a horrific scheme at work. Kira does not know whom to trust or what to believe anymore. Can Kira find a cure in time? Are the Partials, the humans greatest enemy, their only hope for a start of a new generation? I have always found dystopian theme books rather interesting because they seem to have some truth to it. These types of books talk about the end of the world and all the different theories on how it begins and how it ends. Some of it is the zombie apocalypse, war, a virus or ends with an attack from outer space, and so on. With the Partials, the humans are the cause of there own destruction their ways of hating people or things that are different. Will be their downfall but never really learn from their mistakes, only the ones who are sincerely trying to save their kind. The Partials captures the attention of the audience through the complicated relationships and unlikely bonds of friendship. It always keeps you wondering and guessing to the very end. The book opens the mind of the audience with the possibilities and the opportunities that are within the pages of the book to betray your people or save them. Along with this book and many others are the ups and downs. I was disappointed in the way the author keeps the characteristic of the characters to a minimum. It makes it hard to understand them and to connect to the way the character feels. Another thing I didn't like is the explanation of the partials and the, RM virus dragged out and left to mystery all the way to the very end with only little to go on. Beware of the mature language, violence, sexual content, and the uses of alcohol this may be suited for mature readers only. I particularly liked how sometimes the author spoke in riddles which kept me intrigued and wanting to keep reading to learn the conclusion. The way the author started the book even the first page was very heartfelt, it was the first step in the conflict. Overall the author did an excellent job writing this dystopian theme. Reading between the lines gives a positive message to the audience and the characters are role models for a new generation. One of hope, peace, and equality for everyone learning no matter how different we are, or where we came from we are all one, we are all still humans, and that is a good thing.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Really good read, suspenseful and hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read. Great characters, lots of action. Can't wait to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter has been above average in reading level & read this book. She is in to 'teen series' type books with younger main characters & loves post-apocalyptic type storylines. I am planning to read something other than textbooks after my quarter ends & she recommended this one right away!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved these books very different then end of the world out look on things