Book Review: “Partials”

“Partials (Partials #1)” by Dan Wells

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction

Source: Bought

Other books in the Partials series

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


  • Hooray! I got some science in my science fiction. That really excites me. It’s not only a science fiction book, it’s also got some medical thriller mixed in. I always find medical thrillers to be particularly scary since it doesn’t matter how strong or smart you are, the virus will always get you.
  • To a certain extent, some of the story was predictable: sneaking over the Partials side, getting caught, having a corrupt government, a touch of romance. Thankfully the predictable bits has some spice to them to make interesting.
  • There were a few good twists in the book that kicked the book from “enjoyable” to “pretty good.”
  • Overall it was pretty readable. Yes, there’s quite a bit of action but it’s not overwhelming. You get sprinkles of politics and medicine mixed in. All 3 of those work together really well. I finished the book rather quickly over 2 days.
  • I liked Kira as a heroine. I loved that she was intelligent and that was an asset rather than something negative.
  • Yay for a multicultural group of characters!
  • Not only was there a corrupt government, there were all sorts of other bad guys in the story: the Voice, the Partials, and the Trust. That obviously makes the story more interesting but it also adds depth. There’s never just the good guys and the bad guys. Everyone has done some right and wrong. Now you can’t just write off a group of people. I think we’re going to need everyone to figure out the problem.

The bottom line? This was some pretty good science fiction.

9 thoughts on “Book Review: “Partials”

  1. I’m glad to know you liked this one! I read Partials a few months ago, and enjoyed it. I liked Kira and her relationship with her boyfriend (who has his own opinions and isn’t swayed because of Kira.) I did have some questions about the plot though…and why Kira didn’t use herself for a blood sample (ok, I know it would kinda ruin the plot twist…but still) before going to her boyfriend.

  2. Science fiction totally freaks me out. I never read science fiction because of it. It creeps me out more than horror does. I am trying some science fiction though, and reading Cinder. So far, I like it.

  3. I loved Partials too. I thought there were some pretty interesting twists and character depth. It’s really hard to stand out in YA Sci-Fi lit now, but I thought Partials was easily one of the best reads of the year.

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