Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Partials Review

472 pages

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.

I don't read science fiction as much as I do other books because for some reason I'm not always able to get interested in it. However, this book was simply brilliant. Every female over 16 is required to get pregnant to ensure the best chances of having a baby that actually lives. Of course this creates a lot of problems and dissent within the surviving society that comes to a head later in the book. Kira is an amazing heroine with a deep secret that even she herself doesn't know. Kira is also willing to do anything to cure the virus that has decimated the human race and she goes through a lot to try to fix it. The partials are interesting in the sense that they are more alike and different from humans than they could ever imagine. This book is completely full of action and adventure that I could barely put it down. There are also a lot of twists and turns that make this novel unpredictable and exciting. I can't wait to see where Kira goes and what else she learns about herself in the next book. I definitely recommend this novel to those who like science fiction or just a generally great novel.


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