- Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
- Format: Paperback | 482 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 46mm | 400g
- Publication date: 1 April 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0007465238
- ISBN 13: 9780007465231
- Sales rank: 26,724
Fighting to stop a war that could destroy everyone alive...Kira Walker nearly died searching for the RM cure, but the battle for survival is only just beginning. The genetically-engineered Partials are inextricably bound to a greater plan that could save both races and give Kira the answers she desperately seeks. Venturing deep into the wasteland, Kira's only allies are an unhinged drifter and two Partials who betrayed her yet saved her life - the only ones who know her secret. Back on Long Island, what's left of humanity is gearing up for war. But their greatest enemy may be one they didn't even know existed. It is the eleventh hour of humanity's time on earth; this journey may be their last.
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Dan Wells is the author of the john Cleaver series: I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr Monster, and I Don't Want to Kill You. He has been nominated for both the Hugo and Campbell award and has won two Parsec Awards for his podcast, Writing Excuses. He plays a lot of games, reads a lot of books and eats a lot of food, which is pretty much the ideal life he imagined for himself as a child. You can find out more online at www.fearfulsymmetry.net.
By Sarah Elizabeth 06 Apr 2013
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Netgalley.)
This is the second book in the 'Partials Sequence' series, and kicks off 2 months after the end of book 1 'Partials'. **Warning - some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 - 'Partials'**
It's two months since the events of book 1, Kira has escaped to Manhattan, New York, in hopes of discovering more information about not only RM, but the partials expiration date.
Kira's friends meanwhile are still on Long Island, and things take a turn for the worst when Dr Morgan (the woman controlling one group of partials, who trapped and tried to experiment on Kira previously) leads a partial army onto Long Island in search of Kira.
Marcus comes up with an idea that hinges on Nandita, which he puts into action, Haru has his own plans, and he goes off in search of a solution to the current war on Long Island, and the girls pretty much go into hiding to avoid being killed by the partials. Kira meanwhile makes some very significant discoveries in Manhattan that ultimately aid her in her quest for the cure to both RM and the expiration date.
Can Kira find a cure for either of these problems? What does Dr Morgan want with her? And can humans and partials ever live in peace?
I really enjoyed this book, it was full of twists and turns, and you never knew what was coming next!
Kira is alone at the beginning of this book, and has made it her personal mission to find the cures for both RM and the expiration date. Her travels lead her to not only new information, but also to people, and her quest becomes more and more complicated. Despite this she keeps pushing on, and keeps going even in the face of certain death. It seems that nothing is going to stop Kira, and I think it's this unending faith of hers that she will find the cures that keeps her going. Kira's journey in this book is far from easy, and it really is a wonder how she keeps going at times.
This book is certainly one that triggers emotions, but not necessarily the emotions you would expect! There were several moments that made me sad - certain deaths that I found upsetting, and probably an equal number of moments where I just couldn't believe what was happening! The twists and turns and mysteries constantly kept me guessing, and I'm not sure if this book has made me paranoid, but I constantly worried that Kira shouldn't be trusting certain people, or was making choices that were downright stupid and risky! This book was certainly one that kept me saying OMG, and worrying about what would happen next!
This book did take me a long time to read though! Even though I had to stop 1/3 of the way in because of a challenge I was taking part in, the pace seemed pretty slow. The thing is though, even though the pace seemed slow, so much time was taken up with what Kira was thinking, and how these thoughts led her to her next discovery, that even the slowest parts had to be read thoroughly to be understood, purely due to the detail of the story. Be warned though; at 576 pages this is not a quick read!
It's difficult to say much about the plot of this book without revealing too much or giving away spoilers, but I have to say that it wasn't what I was expecting, and the plot twists were tremendous. I have no doubt that the author is building up to an explosive finale following the ending of this book (quite a bit of a cliff-hanger I'm afraid), and I for one and quite happy to put in the time to find out what happens next! (I'm actually quite afraid to find out too though!)
Overall; a harrowing journey at times, a complex storyline, war, unexpected deaths, and a multitude of twist and turns. If you like dystopian stories and aren't scared by the size of this book - go for it!
8 out of 10.
Praise for PARTIALS: "A thrilling sci-fi adrenaline rush, with one of the most compelling and frightening visions of Earth's future I've seen yet. I couldn't put it down" PITTACUS LORE, New York Times bestselling author of I AM NUMBER FOUR "Mr. Wells has recombined familiar dystopian elements, added original ones and thrown in dashes of dry wit to create a sprawling, action-packed medical thriller full of big ideas and exciting reversal." The Wall Street Journal "Kira is a bold heroine with lofty goals, and readers will willingly follow her to the sequel, where things are sure to tilt again." ALA Booklist "A dark, wild ride." Kirkus Review
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