Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication date: February 2012
For: the Dystopian Challenge
Series: Partials, Book 1
Things I Liked:
Wow, what a good story! I think the best part about this dystopian book is the complex story and the very well thought out and developed setting and world. It seems like Wells thought it through very completely and it is so thorough that I truly felt immersed in the story. I really appreciated the passages where Kira tried to figure out how the virus works and what might cure it (though I can see how that will deter some readers). I honestly wasn't entirely sure where the story would go, because it wasn't what I thought it would be from the beginning. Though, there was something I figured out very early on, I wasn't 100% sure how it would play out. It's an interesting, fast-paced, and rather terrifying look at the future of our race. And there was much laughing along the way too:
"I've never been this wet in my life," said Kira. "Even immersed in a bathtub I swear I was dryer than I am now."
"Look on the bright side," said Marcus.
"This is the point," she said, "at which you would traditionally suggest a bright side."
"I've never been a real traditional guy," said Marcus. "Besides, I'm not saying I know a bright side, I just think this would be a great time to look at one." p 45
"My contribution was to somehow refrain from peeing myself. You can thank me later." p 344Things I Didn't Like:
There were parts of the story that I can see people being bored - as I mentioned above the parts where she's figuring out the RM virus and how it works, etc. The somewhat technical explanations can be confusing or frustrating or just plain boring. It was quite a long book too, with a lot of stuff going on. Still, I never got bored or distracted and I really loved how everything developed and played out. Including that cliff-hangery ending. Great new series!
Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
The Passage by Justin Cronin
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
only a few here and there
fighting and rioting and such does happen, but not really gory
Overall rating: *****
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