Thursday, October 4, 2012


Dan Wells

In a not so distant future, man kind creates the Partials, beings who were human in almost every way but were created to fight our wars for us. After the war was over many Partials came back but they were not treated as people only as things.

After a few years the Partial declared war on the humanity and in the coarse of that war released a deadly vireos on us which killed millions. Now only a small group of humans are left living in what was once New York.

The few humans left created a town and started to live again but the vireos keeps killing the new born babies and without children humanity will soon no longer exist.

In an attempt to find a way to stop the death of the children the government has ordered that all women over the age of 18 get pregnant as much as possible so that the chance of finding a cure can be found.

With this and other problems the government is not very popular with the people and if a way to save the children is not found soon it will not be the partials of the vireos that will kill humanity off. It will be ourselves.

Partials is an interesting book with an original concept and powerful writing. but that being said I did not really like it. The story follows this girl who is a little annoying and seems to have trouble being happy.

Also this book falls in the common pattern seen today in books like The Hunger Games and Twilight of a girl who can not make up her mind. the book also gets in to a love triangle that I am so tired of in young adult books today.

My final problem with the book is also something I have been seeing more of in young adult books for girls and that is the main female character doe s not want to get married. The feeling to me is that in these books strong female characters can only be strong with they are not married and I think that is wrong.

Most of the strongest women I have ever known have been happily married and for writers to put that negative thought about married, that to get married means to are weak is not only inappropriate but bad for our youth today.

Over all I liked the book it was well written, but I will not be offering it to anyone anytime soon.

I give it a 6 out of 10.

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