Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Review: Partials by Dan Wells (Partials #1)

Partials by Dan Wells (Partials #1)
Pages: 480
Release Date:  February 28th, 2012
Date Read:  2012, January 20th - February 3rd
Received:  ARC from NetGalley
Rating:  3/5 stars
Recommended to:  14+

Kira Walker, a scientist in the Maternity Ward, has seen the saddest side of humanity, the biggest issue that brings society down, that threatens to destroy the human race altogether.  She has seen mothers give birth to babies, babies who are instantly taken by the virus, RM.  She has seen the mothers, screaming for their babies as the bodies are taken away.  For fourteen years, no baby has left the hospital alive.

The Partials did this; they made war on the humans and killed most of the race.  What is left lives on an island off mainland New York.  The Partials may be the greatest enemy, but Kira believes they may have the key to curing RM, the virus they originally brought upon society.  And when Kira has the once in a lifetime opportunity to capture a live Partial for testing, she takes it, risking life, love and happiness for the good of all mankind.

My feelings toward this book could be described as average...  I liked it a lot, but there were some of things know the ones...that tend to lead to a lower rating.  The writing was good, solid, but not my favorite.  I liked the science parts but felt they got too wordy and sometimes confusing (and then I'd move on and realize I didn't even need all that information anyway).  Kira is a strong MC who I liked, but couldn't fully relate to or care about.  See what I mean?

Like I just said, Kira was totally strong.  She stood her ground and made a difference; she pushed through and conquered.  But for some reason, I didn't care like I wanted to, like I thought I would.  I've tried to pinpoint why, but I can't, so I just have to accept that I just didn't, because.  Frustrating, right?

As for side characters, they were all good to read about, even if they lacked depth or development.  My two favorites, and probably the most developed of all the characters, are Marcus and Samm.  They really jumped off the page and into reality:  Marcus because of his humor and life, and Samm because of the seriousness of his situation and how he handled it.

For some reason, this book took me nearly two weeks to read.  That's extremely odd to me; it never takes me that long.  I can't blame it all on the story - I was abnormally busy one of those two weeks - but I can say that when I did have time to read I always wanted to read something else.  Partials wasn't exactly a boring book, per say, but it didn't draw me in completely like I'd been hoping.  I enjoyed it when I read it but never felt completely "there" - except for when I was reading about Marcus or Samm.

The story was fairly consistent throughout - until the end.  Like, the last chapter.  The last chapter was such a dramatic change from the one before it.  I felt there should have been a bit more to make that transition.  It felt like the author was trying to hurry up.

Despite that, I really did enjoy this story.  I'm interested in finding answers...there are a lot of unanswered questions and a ton of unfinished business.  I look forward to Fragments.

Interesting!  It doesn't shout "AMAZING" or WOW me in shock with awesomess, but I know plenty of readers who have loved this book.  (Check out this review if you want to see what I mean:  the drifting bookworm.)  So while it wasn't the best book for me, and I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, I'd say give it a shot if you're interested!

For the Parents -
A few crude or sexual comments.  Reference to one of Kira's friends sleeping with a Senator to get pregnant.  A few bloody fight scenes.  Recommended 14+

*This ARC copy was provided by NetGalley in return for an honest review. I was in no way compensated; all thoughts and feelings expressed are my own.*


  1. It really is frustrating when you can't connect with something like you want to but don't know why! I find that it's more common with those super strong characters for some reason, so maybe that's one reason? :) But both Marcus and Samm sound super amazing! I haven't even met them yet but I know they're going to rock my socks off! x)

    Awesome honest review, Sierra! <3 Even though this wasn't a blow-you-away book, I'm glad you enjoyed it and can't wait until I can read it! :)

  2. I guess it just wasn't your thing. Even though I'm wary of a lack of connection, I still really want to read this :D It's so fascinating to me. 


  3. Wow!  I am sorry to read that you only liked this book somewhat.  The blurb makes me very interested in reading it but after reading your comments, I'm not so sure!  I hate it when the story is good but you can't connect to the characters!  I may have to read it anyway just to see what I think!  Thanks for the info!

  4. I wasn't all too keen on this book either. I couldn't connect with any of the characters and the writing style just wasn't for me; I'm more used to female authors. I'm glad you still gave it a go though. :)

  5. Thanks for the comment, Suz!  I think you should read it if you're give it a shot!  A lot of bloggers whose opinions I trust loooove this book! :)

  6. Yeah, it might be that, too.  I do love some male authors, though, like Pittacus Lore and Kenneth Oppel, but this one just isn't very memorable.  I'm hoping to like the next book more! :)