Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the 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. But sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.
The world in 2076 is in a pretty desperate situation. During the Partial War eleven years ago, artificial humans, designed to be stronger and better than humans themselves, released a killer virus on the world and reduced the human population to mere tens of thousands. All that remain are immune to the virus, but that immunity is not genetic, so a single human baby has not survived in eleven years due to the virus released by the Partials.
In order to increase the chances of a baby being born immune, the government of the existing population has instated the Hope Act, requiring all females over the age of eighteen to become pregnant and bear children as often as possible. But the Hope Act isn’t working, and there’s talk of lowering the age even further, resulting in civil unrest among the people and a rebel group called the Voice.
In the meantime, sixteen-year-old Kira has lots to worry about. For one thing, her boyfriend Marcus won’t stop proposing to her, even though she keeps telling him she’s not ready. And she might be forced to get pregnant soon if the amendment to the Hope Act gets approved. And then there’s this whole thing with finding a cure with the virus that keeps killing babies. She’s basically got a lot on her plate.
For the first time in a long time, I’ve found a truly strong female MC. I loved Kira for her inner strength, her resilience when times get tough, and her willingness to admit that she doesn’t quite know herself yet. In a world where sixteen-year-olds are expected to be adults, she showed a lot of maturity over her peers.
Partials was new and original in a genre where there isn’t much originality to be had. I was absolutely blown away by this book, and it was such a pleasant surprise because I’ve been a little jaded by some disappointments in this genre as of late. I give Partials an easy five out of five stars, and I recommend it to anyone who loves dystopian, science fiction, and YA post-apocalyptic fiction.