Ruins by Dan Wells | Book Review

Ruins by Dan Wells | Book ReviewRuins by Dan Wells
Series: Partials Sequence #3
Published by Balzer & Bray on March 11th 2014
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover
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Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence, a series that combines the thrilling action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Blade Runner and The Stand.

There is no avoiding it—the war to decide the fate of both humans and Partials is at hand. Both sides hold in their possession a weapon that could destroy the other, and Kira Walker has precious little time to prevent that from happening. She has one chance to save both species and the world with them, but it will only come at great personal cost.

What I thought NEWRuins was a great read, no scratch that, it was awesome and I just fell in love with Dan Well’s style all over again. I love the humour laced within the dialogue and the depth within every single part of the story. His books, the Partials Sequence, signify everything I love about reading and about dystopia.

When Fragments ended, I was left with tons of questions, and if I’m honest, I didn’t really have any idea where the story was going. Ruins carried some pretty major twists! Some of which I saw coming, and others I didn’t see coming at all. As my questions got answered one at a time, I was on the edge of my seat down to the very last chapters.

While the focus is still mostly on Kira, the major different with Ruins and the other books in this series is that it is told from lots of perspectives. The perspective is switched a lot, it switches to include all the different groups and physical locations. At some point the narrative is passed on to a different person almost every chapter. This normally doesn’t do much for me, besides confuse me. But it was such a big part of the story because communication was all about impossible, so the shifting perspective was the ultimate way to know what was going on with everybody. It adds to the complete chaos and the suspense of the world Dan Wells created, as well does it give us a better insight to the secondary characters and how much they’ve developed.

The depth I mentioned above is linked to the need to survive. What is justified when you’re trying to stay alive? What is allowed when you’re desperately trying to survive? How does it effect humanity and morality? In Ruins the people have been in survival mode for so long that instinct rules out mostly everything. Shoot first, ask questions later so to speak. When our characters try to change this, and try to make people stop and listen to each other, they are met with resistance all the way. I don’t know if I am explaining this the right way, but the depth is just out of this world, and one of the things that Dan Wells nails every single time!

The romance that presented itself in Fragments is still subtle. Actually, it’s barely there. Which is absolutely perfect for a story like this, it just works. There’s so much adventure, action, and survival that there’s rarely time for romance. But when it makes an appearance, I appreciated every moment of tenderness. Perfect!

Kira is still Kira. Badass, smart, and though she is faced with some doubts about who she is and what her place is supposed to be in this world, she still knows how to kick some serious butt! One of my favourite main characters for sure.

This book, or really this series, is intense. Which is what’s so great about it. It is in my top 10 books of all times, and if you haven’t read it yet, I highly suggest you pick up Partials! I promise you you’re in for a great ride (and you can read all three books in order without any time waiting for it to release a year later!).

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6 Comments

  1. 18/04/2014 / 22:52

    Great review!! I’m glad to hear that this series went out with a bang. Maybe I’ll finally read it!

    • Iris
      Author
      18/04/2014 / 22:55

      Thank you :)
      I just loved this series all the way! If you do read it, I sincerely hope you’ll love it as much as I did!

  2. 18/04/2014 / 22:58

    I kind of got worried about this series after Fragments. :| I just got so bored in all of Fragments! (My bad) Except the last, maybe, 100 or so pages made me scream. So I DO want to read Ruins, just…gah. I’m thinking it’s just not high on my list atm. Still, your review is awesome and making me reconsider. xD

  3. 19/04/2014 / 21:37

    I really liked how the POV shifted and how it showed us all the different sides of the story :D I agree, most of the times it’s confusing, but it worked great for this book!

  4. Miriam Wesselink
    20/04/2014 / 08:09

    Je schrijft altijd geweldige reviews, Iris. Ik krijg er altijd veel zin van om al die fantastische boeken te lezen en ik wilde dat ik er meer tijd voor had.

  5. I read Partials, but I have yet to read Fragments and Ruins. Guess I better hop to it though, eh? ;) It sounds like a great series ender, and I can’t wait to see how everything ends! Thanks so much for sharing Iris, and, as always, PHENOMENAL review! <3

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