Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Partials

America won the war with China by deploying genetically engineered soldiers known as Partials.  After the war, the Partials turned on their creators in a conflict that culminated in the release of a virus called RM.  RM has killed all but a small portion of the world's human population and claims each new baby born within days.  While scientists perform endless redundant tests on newborns, a medic named Kira decides the answer might lie not within the human body, but that of the Partials.

Partials by Dan Wells is the first book in his debut young adult series.

This book truly excels in its world-building.  It's easy to envision the scrapped together hospital, the abandoned homes populated by adopted families, and indeed the entire devastated Eastern seaboard.  As Kira and her compatriots travel on salvage runs and secret missions, the feeling of being stalked--whether by the rebels, the Partials or their own military--is palpable.  The plot, too, is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing and changing your mind as to who, exactly, the good guys are.  There is plenty of home for discussion about issues such as the line between responsibility to society and personal freedom.  Unfortunately, the character development did not quite live up to the rest of the book, relying too much on pre-existing relationships, but there is definitely home for it to improve in the future books of the series, where the stakes are sure to be risen.

Partials is published by Balzer + Bray and retails for $17.99 (hardcover).  I got my advance readers copy from the publisher (although this review was not solicited or otherwise compensated).  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

Join us at 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 9, at Ethical Society of St. Louis (9001 Clayton Rd., 63124) for Dark Days Tour, featuring Veronica Roth, Aprilynne Pike, Dan Wells and S.J. Kincaid.  All four authors will be reading from and signing their latest books.  If you can't make it to the event, call the store at 314-367-6731 x. 1 to reserve a signed copy of any of the books.

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