Author: Dan Wells.
Published: March 11th 2014 by Balzer + Bray
Sort: Partials sequence #3.
Part 1: Partials.
Part 2: Fragments.
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher.
Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final instalment in the Partials Sequence, a series that combines the thrilling action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Blade Runner and The Stand. There is no avoiding it—the war to decide the fate of both humans and Partials is at hand. Both sides hold in their possession a weapon that could destroy the other, and Kira Walker has precious little time to prevent that from happening. She has one chance to save both species and the world with them, but it will only come at great personal cost.
”Love is when you find something so great, so.. necessary, that it becomes more important to you than your own goals, than your own life – not because your life has no meaning without it, but because it gives your life a meaning it never had before.”
Small spoilers if you haven't read the previous books and you don't want to know a thing. Otherwise, you're good to go, I don't tell many details.
There are different story-lines, which helps to see the situation from several POV’s. It’s handled with grace and it wasn't overwhelming. The main story floats smoothly through all the stories and combines them in an perfect ending. I loved it.
To tell the big lines: Kira is tested by Dr. Morgan and when they can’t find the answers in her DNA, she escapes to find a group of Partials. It’s still not completely realistic that a seventeen-year-old girl discovers the solution instead of Dr. Morgan, who has been looking for a solution for years, but okay. We see more of Delarosa, who wants to destroy all the Partials with her secret mission and Kira’s friends who try to protect the first healthy baby. Like I said, there is a lot going on and this makes the story thrilling. There is not a single boring moment and I was captivated from the moment I started.
About the characters: Kira is still a smart cookie. I like her attitude and how she wants to sacrifice her life to save everyone. The only down side is that she doesn't sees her own value, which makes her a bit rash. Her feelings are also a jumbling mess and I didn't care for the somewhat love-triangle that tries to introduce itself. What I also liked is the fact that every character has it’s own voice. The secondary characters aren't blended together in one voice and that provides a good cast.
The biological aspect: It all sounds plausible. It’s clear that Wells knows what he talks about (or he just knows how to deliver it.) The concept of this book has been good from the beginning and he keeps the quality. The cure makes sense (I secretly expected this to be the cure too, but that didn't make it less enjoyable) and it’s good to see a book that doesn't talk bullshit when it comes to the biology. I believed it.
The ending: YES, this is how you end a series. A good conclusion to the story, but still enough room to think about the future. Every question is answered and I was genuinely happy how everything came together. You might say it’s a bit too-happily-ever-after, but seeing how much suffering there has been for years, I don’t mind, it was satisfying.
I look forward to more work of this author and I'm going to end this review with one of the best quotes in this book: