Up Next: “Partials” by Dan Wells

I am a mere three books away from reaching my goal of 50 for the year and so I picked three books I really, really want to read to make the final push. Partials is the first of those three books and I’m quite excited about it. Dan Wells is one of the authors involved with the Writing Excuses podcast I like to listen to and I’ve never read any of his work previously.

The concept of the book is sound in my opinion, and the dystopian/post-apocalyptic genre is of course one of my new favorites, so it has all the pieces to turn out really well. I hope I’m not wrong about that.

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.


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