Partials by Dan Wells (Partials #1)

5 Stars

The old world has been consumed with the search of More Stuff. Now there was more stuff than anyone could ever use, and little or none of anything else.

I, Robot meets I Am Legend + Maze Runner. Those are the stories that came to my mind when I read this. I’m a huge fan of Dystopian novels so when I saw this on Goodreads’ Dystopian list, I immediately read it.

Freedom is a responsibility to be earned, not a license for recklessness and anarchy. If someday, despite our strongest efforts and our deepest determination, we finally fall, let it be because our enemies finally beat us, not because we beat ourselves.

Overall, Partials had a very good story: A virus that killed majority of the human population plus human-looking robots, political subplots, and all those niceties. What I especially liked about Partials was the lack of emphasis on the love angle of the story. It was nice to read a novel that didn’t have love as one of its main plots. It was there, yet it was never brandished on the reader’s face. There were many medical jargon and discussions in the book that are not easily understandable, but Kira sounded legit whenever she was analyzing something so I guess that’s plus points for the author.

What bothered me here was the age of the main characters. Kira was supposed to be only 16 years old and yet she was able to do all of that? I suppose the kids in Partials were forced to grow up way sooner than they should’ve. . They’re mature beyond their years, but still… Anyway, that factor aside, I really enjoyed this book.

If you can’t know the truth, live the most awesome lie you can think of.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction and dystopian novels. With that, I’ll end this review with my favorite conversation from the book:

“Hope is not strategy,” said Kira.
“It’s not plan A,” said Jayden, “And it shouldn’t be plan B, but it is every plan C that has ever been made.”


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