Dan Wells’ teen science fiction novel Partials is a gripping post-apocalyptic tale. Kira is part of the last of civilization. Her parents’ generation built robots to end the Isolation wars, but the robots decided to turn on the humans shortly after the war ended. A deadly virus was released and all but a small number of humans perished. There has been peace from the Partials, so referred to since they are half machine and half human, but growing tension among the humans is still causing trouble. Even more upsetting, is the fact that the remaining people are unable to have surviving children. All babies born since the virus was released die within a few days since they are not immune to the disease. Kira is determined to find a cure. She knows that her species’ only hope for survival is finding a way to have children, and hopefully that will also end the violent disputes within the humans’ society. Thus she embarks on a crazy mission to cross into the Partials’ territory and find a way to cure the virus.
What a great science fiction story (and I typically don’t enjoy robot related books). Wells did an incredible job describing the New York city area after the destruction. It was so easy to envision the streets with rusted out cars and the like. His characters were courageous and independent thinking. I loved watching Kira stand up to the senators and doctors even though they are shooting her ideas down since she is a “plague baby” (too young to remember the Isolation war and the Partial attack). She has such a strong understanding of her convictions even though she is only 16. It was refreshing to read a young adult novel where the main character knows exactly what she wants to accomplish. Don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty of coming of age and discovering her true self as the story continues for Kira. And I am sure book two will be filled with even more opportunities for Kira to grow and learn. If you are looking for an action filled story that isn’t your typical teen read, grab Partials, you won’t be disappointed.
As a side note, I get to meet Dan Wells next week at the BEA-so excited! I hope I can get an autographed copy!
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