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The only hope for humanity isn't human.

In a world where people have been all but wiped out by a virus created by part-human cyborgs called 'Partials', and where no baby survives longer than three days, a teenage girl makes it her mission to find a cure, and save her best friend's unborn child.

But finding a cure means capturing a Partial...
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Product details

  • 14+
  • Paperback | 482 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 31mm | 340g
  • HarperCollins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • ePub edition
  • 000746522X
  • 9780007465224
  • 43,069

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"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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About Dan Wells

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
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57,609 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 33% (19,262)
4 37% (21,544)
3 20% (11,808)
2 6% (3,355)
1 3% (1,640)

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(Source: I own a copy of this book.) 16-year-old Kira lives in a world where humans are dying out. After the emergence of a deadly disease called RM 11 years ago, 99% of the human population was wiped out, and the last known human colony lives on long island. RM continues to be deadly though, and not a single human baby has survived for more than 3 days in the last 11 years, and people are getting desperate. The Hope Act states that all females over the age of 18 must get pregnant, and must continue to bear as many babies as possible, all in the hope that a baby will be born with immunity, but it hasn't happened yet, and Kira isn't sure it ever will. Kira is training in a medical field, she's been working in maternity, and has already watched too many babies die. When her best friend Madison reveals that's she's pregnant, Kira knows that she can't let that baby die too, and knows that she has a time limit to find a cure for RM. Partials (half human-half robot sentient beings) were created as soldiers to battle in wars, but they got a bit sick of this, and a war came about between the partials and humans. Everyone believes that the Partials created RM as a way to wipe out the human race, but that isn't what Kira is concerned with, she's just interested in the fact that Partials are immune to RM. Explaining her theories to the chief of the hospital and the head of the government gets Kira nowhere though, and so she devises a treasonous plan with her friends - to find a partial, and study him, in the hopes of developing a cure and saving Madison's baby. Can Kira really develop a cure for RM? Can she save Madison's baby? And is there more to RM and the partials that the humans don't know about? This was a really good dystopian novel with a bit of a sci-fi twist, I just wish the pacing had been a little quicker. I liked the storyline in this book, I thought that the world-building was done really well, and I was really excited to see what Kira could discover about the partials! There was excitement and anticipation in this book, but I did feel the pacing was a little slow. At 468 pages this book seemed to take forever to read, and even though I enjoyed it, it did seem to drag a bit. I liked Kira, and I liked how devoted she was to curing RM. It was interesting that nobody else had even considered studying the partials after 11 years of dead babies, and when Kira eventually did get her hands on a partial, I did find it a little difficult to swallow that she was put in charge of research regarding him, even though she was only 16 and a very junior staff member at the hospital. Personally I would have expected at least a couple of people from the research team to be pulled in too, but I understand that the whole venture was being kept quiet. I liked the interaction of Kira and her friends, and how they each helped in their own way. I really felt for Kira when she realised that her best friend's baby would die, and how personally she was invested in discovering a cure for RM. There wasn't really a romance angle in this book, although Kira did have a boyfriend and there were discussions about marriage and babies, this wasn't really a storyline, and Kira was actually quite displaced from the idea of having children herself when it was suggested that the legal age for pregnancy as part of the Hope Act would be lowered. I really can't imagine how dreadful it would be to live in Kira's world, and how awful it would be for so many babies to die! I did like the positive hopeful ending that we got though, even though things weren't really resolved. I liked the storyline that we got from the Partials though, and how similar a situation they were facing. I would have liked to have learned more about the Partials, as I thought the idea was a really good one, and I'm hoping that there will be more information about them in the next instalment! There was also a revelation towards the end of the book that I hadn't seen coming, which I hope will also be built upon in the next book. Overall; A great YA dystopian, if a little slow-paced. 8 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
This was certainly different. Once I read the synopsis I have to say the idea really appealed to me. This line certainly captured my attention "Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials-engineered organic beings identical to humans-has decimated the world's population."-quote from Partials synopsis. Although the plot wasn't fast paced it was certainly well rounded and it did hold my attention throughout the book. There was only one point my mind wandered. I really like books that make you stop and think, there are certain things in this book which with the way technology is advancing would be plausible in the distant future. Quite scary stuff really. I really liked the ending too, such a cliff hanger. This does mean that I cannot wait for the next book to be released, which if I remember rightly is in the early part of 2013. The only reason that this book lost a star rating and didn't make it to five was that it wasn't fast paced enough for me. About two thirds of the book was at a plodding pace and then whoosh off it went. I do like my books to be compelling page turners, that is the only criticism I can think of. So on the whole not bad then. There were plenty twists to the plot, some of them I did guess and others left me with my jaw gaping. There was a good mix of 'good and bad' characters, some of them you really got to know, others only just scratched the surface. I'm pleased to say that there were two joint favourite characters Kyla the main protagonist and Samm the Partial. Kyla is certainly someone to be admired, she has a great fighting spirit and truly believes in doing what she believes is the right this. Both characters were rich in depth and I could really see how they were an essential part of the story. I really want to find out even more about them in the next book. Exciting stuff! Would I recommend this book? Yes I would! It was a totally unique story and one that certainly captured my imagination. Story Rating: 4/5 - If you are a lover of post-apocalyptic dystopian stories, this is a must read. Cover Rating: 4/5 - A very chilling cover and certainly very apt to the story. *** Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for supplying me a copy of this book for review.***show more
by Jennifer Juckes
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