Sarah's Summary: Will probably check out the sequel from the library, but wouldn't buy it.
Summary (from Amazon):
I read and reviewed Variant and Feedback by Robison Wells recently, and I liked them. When I realized that author Dan Wells was Robison Wells' brother, I decided why not keep it all in the family and make Partials my next read? (Plus it was on sale for $2.99 for Kindle...)
It turns out there are some similarities between their books.
First, they like for you to get to know humans characters and then they will turn out to NOT be human...or at least sort of not human. Can't elaborate without spoiling things.
Second, they're both big fans of the BIG SURPRISING REVEAL...(And since I used the surprised cat pic on the Variant review, I feel it only fair and fitting I give this book a shocked kitty, too....)
|Not as surprised as Variant cat, because Partials didn't gobsmack me like Variant did...|
And I liked Partials, but I don't think I liked it as much as Variant. There's wasn't nearly as much action. And if you're expecting romance (since that's kind of a prereq in YA books theses days...not that I'm complaining!!)...keep moving, nothing to see here!
Kira is trying to figure out how to cure RM, the disease that has killed over 99.9% of humanity and continues to kill every new baby that's born. There's quite a bit of sciencey stuff going on, what with her research being described, and technical talk about virus mutation and blah blah blah. Y'all, I am not good with science! That's not the book's fault. It's written very clearly and not hard to follow, really. I just have a brain that is hardwired to start playing theme songs from old TV shows or thinking about hair products when anything related to science or math starts happening in my vicinity.
I was expecting more action and fighting with the Partials, but there's not a whole lot of that, really. And there's quite a bit of walking, scouting, running away, etc. I found myself skimming. There was a lot of discussing strategy and military tractics and that just does not compute with my right-brained self.
One highlight for me was the humor. There was a surprising amount of comic relief and witty banter for a book about the impending demise of the world's entire population.
I had a hardtime connectingwith the characters as a whole. But I liked Marcus quite a bit. I think it was his snarky sense of humor and his sweetness, how he loved Kira even though they're so different. When he would try to convince Kira to stop putting her life at risk to save humanity and just be happy with him for what time they had together--which is supposed to be the wrong attitude to take, obviously, since if people don't find a way to successfully repopulate the Earth, it's goodbye mankind-- I found myself kinda sorta agreeing with him.
This could be in part because with his michievous joking personality and the description of him as tall, and lanky, with shaggy brown hair, I could NOT prevent myself from picturing him as a younger Jim Halpert from "The Office."
And I do dearly love season 1-3 Jim Halpert.
I'm a little less warm and fuzzy toward Samm (yes, there are two M's), the Partial who plays a big part in Kira's quest to cure RM. I'm kind of interested in his character, but we learn so little about him there's just not much to go on. I wish I had been more invested in the characters. When people would die, I didn't feel much of anything. I'm not sure why.
It could be I've had too much dystopia lately. I think I need to switch subgenres for a little while, just for a change.
The sequel, FRAGMENTS, comes out Feb 26, 2013. I'll pick it up at the library, because I'm interested enough to want to see what happens next, but not enough to buy it for myself.