Saturday, June 30, 2012

Book Review: Partials by Dan Welles

Partials (Partials, #1)Partials by Dan Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another dystopian book...they are more common than vampire books now and I love it! Partials, written by Dan Welles was surprisingly good. I was expecting mostly fluff.

Humanity is near extinction after a war with an engineered humanoid-ish race called Partials. A deadly virus was released and only those immune survived...about 0.002 % of humanity (something like that). Humans have retreated to Long Island, the alleged last bastion of humanity. partials have not been seen in over 12 years. But, war is the least of their issues. Newborns won’t last past 3 days. There hasn’t been a surviving child in over a decade. Kira Walker, a teenager and a medic, wants to find the cure for the virus. Her best friend is pregnant and she will do anything to make sure her baby survives.

Along the way we get to meet some very generic characters, both teens and adults. They pretty much blended together. There is the most-obliged romance triangle (yawn) and the expected sudden twist (saw this coming a mile away). Besides all the cliché shortcomings of the books, it was well narrated. I found myself a bit invested in the story (but not most of the characters) and I enjoyed reading it.

The author needs to flesh the story, yes. The characters need to be less bland, yes again. (Insert a host of other problems). The book has issues. It is a freshman book trying to do too much within its pages. But, it is still full of action and super interesting. I love that the author finally realized that a dystopian world would be full of resources, ripe for the taking. There are more clothes than you could ever use, there are buildings that need to be maintained, medicine that needs to be sorted and food that needs to be found. I appreciated that he went in this direction, instead of the “there is nothing left and we must struggle to survive.”

I will be reading the next in the series and I hope to see some improvements in character formation.

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Love the trailer.

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