Partials, by Dan Wells

Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.

Balzer + Bray

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  1. This book definitely made me think about human rights. And it was enjoyable to read; however I felt that the plot was too busy and the book was too convenient for me to feel like it was realistic. I also felt that it was missing something in order to make it a Printz contender. That being said, I still enjoyed the book and I think it is a really decent piece of writing.

  2. I definitely agree that the book was too convenient. It was difficult to believe and was so obviously planned. All the events fell into place just a little too well. I also didn’t like that the book skipped 3 months. I felt that the characters weren’t quite the same and I found it to be somewhat choppy. While the idea was very interesting, I didn’t like the way the book was put together.

  3. This book definitely needs a sequel so I can completely understand why this was removed from consideration. It even says on good reads that there is a prequel, and a sequel.
    Either way, I enjoyed this book. I thought it was a little bit different from the usual apocalyptic scenario books I’ve been seeing recently that usually involve zombies. This book was using robots? and a virus to create an apocalyptic scene. NO ZOMBIES THOUGH hurrah.
    I thought that it was a pretty straight forward book with a few little mysteries on the way. The ending was not what I was expecting. So yes, an overall an enjoyable book but nothing to write home freaking out about.

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