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Not very often do I read a book that’s so darn good I’m left utterly speechless. After having finished Partials, by Dan Wells, I’m left wondering how to voice all of the excitement buzzing around in my head. Amazing, and amazing, and amazing. I think that should cover it. However, maybe I should try to say a little bit more about this ‘amazing’ addition by Wells. Maybe I should try to explain in so many words why this book is a must-read. Maybe I should try to explain how I sat on the edge of my seat the entire time I read this book. Maybe I should try to explain how excited I am to see readers out there pick up and love this book as much as I do. Yes, maybe I will…. But, maybe I’ll start here:

Partials packs a powerful punch? Check!

Amazing concept, interesting plot, and executed flawlessly? Check!

Detailed characterizations? Check!

Kick-butt protagonist? Check!

Loveable, and funny, boyfriend? Check!

Gorgeous non-human, robot Partial, boy? Check!

Action packed goodness? Check!

Edge-of-your-seat thriller? Check!

Gritty hold nothing back writing? Check!

A society ruled by evil control freaks? Check!

Heart-pounding scenes with gunfire? Check!

Things that get blown up? Check!

Scenes that break your heart? Check!

Scenes that leave you grinning, and then giggling? Check!

An ending that leaves you wanting more? CHECK!

Partials, by Dan Wells, is a book that took me by surprise. It seems to have readers either loving it, or on the fence about it. I, however, am a believer. From the very first chapter I was hooked, and then left glued to the book until every last page was read.

Everything about it screams goodness. Another awesome thing it screamed? BIG SCREEN! I want to see this in the theater. On the big screen! Please make this happen. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for the movie.

This book should be read by all.

I. Heart. It. SO. Bad!

Book two, please!

Book Blurb for Partials

The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2012 5.00