Series: Partials Sequence #1
Published by Balzer & Bray on February 28th 2012
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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.
“Happiness is the most natural thing in the world when you have it, and the slowest, strangest, most impossible thing when you don’t. It’s like learning a foreign language: You can think about the words all you want, but you’ll never be able to speak it until you suck up your courage and say them out loud.”
I’ve never been this wet in my life, ” said Kira. “Even immersed in a bathtub I swear I was dryer than I am now. ” “Look on the bright side, ” said Marcus. Kira waited. “This is the point at which you would traditionally suggest a bright side. ” “I’ve never been a real traditional guy,” said Marcus. “Besides, I’m not saying I know a bright side, I just think this would be a great time to look at one.”
I bought this book because I had read something about it on the EpicReads blog. I absolutely love that blog and since they were really exited about the sequel of this book coming out on february 26th I just had to buy it. And I have to say, once I started reading I was absolutely hooked!
I have to start with Kira here, because she is an excellent protagonist. She’s determined and the pure dedication to her cause is all consuming throughout the entire novel. She’s a strong heroine, who is training to be a medic in a world that literally is dying. While reading I wanted her to succeed so badly that it truly became a top priority of mine to finish this book. Kira is passionate, confident, and outspoken. Traits that made it really easy for me to connect with her, also traits that make her such a great and one of my favourite protagonists!
When Samm, the partial Kira manages to capture, makes an appearance: that’s when it gets interesting. I’m so not going to say anything else about that because I’ll spoil the entire book for others that still want to read it.
One thing that stood out to me immediately was the lack of a romantic plot. Sure, the protagonist has a boyfriend, but her dedication to her cause, saving the world, comes first. I also have to be honest here, because I did see something blooming as the story progressed, but still I don’t think I have ever read a dystopian novel that was lacking in the romance department. I do enjoy some romance in the books I read, but surprisingly I didn’t miss it at all.
Before reading, boy did I dread the scientific aspect in this book… On the EpicReads blog it said that it was somewhat of a scientific novel. Well, Let me tell you one thing science and me are not good friends. Its no secret that I dropped the class the moment it was possible. Surprisingly the scientific aspect took this book to a whole new level! It makes the book even more interesting in my opinion. You actually get to know what is happening inside our bodies and how the virus works. It makes the world portrayed more realistic and more terrifying at the same time.
This book was just so damn good! I loved every aspect of it and it jumped right on top of my favourite books list! Great characters, great plot, and frankly great everything!