Author: Dan Wells
Series: Partials Sequence, Book 1
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Goodreads Synopsis: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 really enjoyed this book. You can tell by looking at my reading history that I'm a bit of a dystopian fan. I imagine it's hard for an author writing dystopian books to be completely original so I'm not going to tell you that it's an original storyline. But, it is well told story. There are some good twists. Wells doesn't focus on any love story or triangle (although I do see the possibility of a triangle starting up in this one. And, it doesn't even involve my favorite guy in the story). I liked that Kira is a very strong female lead. She doesn't take anybody's crap, makes her own decisions, stands by them and faces the consequences of her decisions head on. She's determined to live a life where love and babies are not the center. I like that. Partials is a well told story with lots of action. I can't wait to read the second one.
On a side note, I discovered that the author, Dan Wells, has a podcast with his brother, Robinson Wells, called Do I Dare to Eat a Peach. I listened to the first two episodes last night and they're lots of fun. I suggest you check them out.
If you're a fan of dystopians or strong female leads, I recommend Partials.