The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials - engineered organic beings identical to humans - has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.
Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them - connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.
Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question - one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.
©2012 HarperCollinsPublishers (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
A complex teen book set in the future after a phantom virus 'RM' kills most of the world's population. Add in an army of man-made 'humans' (aka partials) - gentically engineered to be superior, and you have the basis for this book. It follows the last human settlement, with idealistic 'plague babies' and conservative survivors... It's a good book and good for those who want something substantial from a book. This audiobook is well narrated and clear. Don't forget to get the second book too - fragments - a great continuation with similar complexity.
This was an interesting one. I started listening to this one having not decided on anything that I really wanted so pulled this one out of the blue and to be honest I am kinda glad that I did.
This was an interesting story and it did have its good moments if not large amounts of it were predictable but it didn't detract from the story.
The reading of it is very decent too Julia Whelan is a good narrator and paces this book very well. The science I find sometimes a little unresearched as in someone takes a blood sample from the surface of the skin, now unnles I misunderstood the book or Biology (as I am certainly no biologist) that means the blood could get infected by sources in the air so it isnt a clean sample... anyway that was a minor thing but it in no way impacted the book for me to say "oh this totally wasnt believeable and I hated it because of bad science."
Also the ending without spoiling it kinda left me going "umm is there supposed to be a sequel for this?"
Turns out there is, and its out in 2013 and I will be continuing the series so it has its draw back quality, in my view anyway.
The book is good, the narration is good and it was worth my credit I would say go try it out, you may be pleasantly suprised.
Unless you cant stand bad science (and I know you people exist) which the one moment I pointed out may have you writhhing around in agony in which case go stick to your Peter Hamilton (or go anc check him out anyway, something a bit more hardcore)
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