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Ruins by Dan Wells (Partials #3)

5 Stars

When the only alternative is extinction, an awful lot of horrors become acceptable.

War, Blood, Death. This is dystopia.

Ruins achieved everything Allegiant and Mockingjay failed to deliver as trilogy enders. THIS is how you end a series. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, The Partials Sequence is one of the most underrated recent YA science-fiction and dystopian series today. Dan Wells is a great story teller and an excellent world-builder, and he never disappointed me throughout the three books (four, if you count the Isolation novelette).

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Fragments by Dan Wells (Partials #2)

4 Stars

I used to think the world was worse for what we’ve done, both our species, but out here I don’t think the world even cares who we are. Or were. We came and went, and life goes on, and the land that was always here before us will still be here after we’re dead and gone. Birds will still fly. Rain will still fall. The world didn’t end, it just reset.

Wow. Wow. I’ve said it a hundred times and I’ll say it again. Partials Sequence is one of the best recent dystopian/science fiction series out there. And it sucks that it’s not getting enough attention from the mainstream readers because it’s just great.

Fragments definitely lived up to Partials, if not even better. This is how dystopian books should be like! The world-building in Partials was great, but Fragments was even more superb. The world in this novel was so realistic, so plausible, so tangible and so easy to imagine. Twists just kept on coming. The book was filled with action but it wasn’t chaotic. We get to see more of Marcus and apparently, like everyone else in this book, he’s a character of substance. We also get to travel with Kira, Samm and Heron, adding further development to their already complex characters. Kira is the perfect epitome of a modern dystopian heroine. She’s like Katniss 2.0, only more likable, more complex and more badass. Her transition from Partials’ brave medic into Fragments’ action heroine was just wow. Is there anything not to like in this girl? Samm also grew more emphatic and learned to assess his emotions more. I liked how he finally admitted having feelings for Kira, despite his Partial emotional limitations. He didn’t even know he was already falling in love until he was blatantly confronted about it. Blame it on the Partial genetics. Heron is another great character and I’m glad she was included in this book. She’s the Snape of Fragments. You really don’t know which side she’s on, which is great. So yes, Samm likes Kira and Kira obviously likes Samm, but what’s great about this love triangle is that it doesn’t even matter. Because Marcus, Kira and Samm don’t give a damn about it because the world is falling apart around them and they know love problems are the last thing they should probably think about, which is so realistic. I mean, you’re facing total war and apocalypse 2.0 as you know it and you’re on a mission to stop that from happening. Do you really have time to think about who you love more? Of course not. This series doesn’t even need the romance, seriously. A part of me thinks Dan Wells just added that to please those few readers who were begging for it.

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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.

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