Here's the summary from Goodreads: Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out. When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask. Combining the fast-paced action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Battlestar Galactica, Partials is a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our sense of humanity is both our greatest liability, and our only hope for survival.
What I Liked: 1) Kira. Kira was an intelligent, curious, caring girl. So many MCs have one or two of these qualities, but I love how curious she was about everything. That's not something that I think is celebrated enough in YA literature, so I loved seeing that in her. She was also written very well, very likeable, and I think a lot of people will be able to relate to her. 2) Science! With a book like this, where there are so many things that are different than the world that we live in, I always wonder how did they get from here to this future place. Well, it's not all explained here in Partials, but some of the medical science is. We hear from Kira about the machines she's using to run tests, and even some of the machines that they used to have (aka, the ones we use today) and how the knowledge of how to use them is completely gone. They don't even have the internet, so it's not like they can google it! 3) Questions. You'll have more questions at the end of this book than answers. That didn't bother me so much with this one, because it's a very in-depth story. There are a lot of details and a lot of things you have to understand in order to kind of understand what's going on. I really enjoyed how in depth the plot went. 4) Pacing. Even with the level of detail, the plot moved steadily along. It held my interest really well, to the point of I was sad when I had to put a bookmark in it to go do something else. Like brush my teeth or shower.
What I Didn't Like: The hardest thing is to figure out what exactly a "Partial" is. And I don't think that was on purpose. In the summary here it says "identical to humans" but if you didn't read that, (which I didn't) then you are a little lost for most of the book. Since I tend to visualize things pretty completely, having that kind of confusion interrupts the flow for me.
Overall thoughts: Partials is a plot-driven story, heavy on the details and with a main character that you can't help but like. The mystery is woven through it so intricately that you won't even realize you're overwhelmed with questions until you start getting the answers. Partials is a fantastic dystopian that fans of the genre will definitely enjoy!
My Rating: 4 shots