Author: Dan Wells
Series: Partials Sequence #3
Published: March 11, 2014
Genre: YA Dystopian
Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment 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.
First complaint: The jumping around between different POVs made this book a lot harder to follow than either of its predecessors.
The plot, albeit slow to develop, was definitely still good. It did feel like there were too many plot lines crammed into this book — maybe this could have been a tetralogy instead of a trilogy? Overall, I really loved how Dan Wells made humans and Partials reliant on each other for survival, but I wasn’t a fan of how this was discovered/revealed.
Kira felt like a bit of a Mary Sue to me in this book. In my reviews of both Partials and Fragments, I had nothing but good things to say about Kira’s character development. But in Ruins, she sort of fell off the deep end for me. I found this smart, sassy, badass heroine to be a whiny teenager who for some reason had taken it upon herself to be the self-proclaimed leader of the human race and the savior of the world (cue: YA heroine syndrome). It was just kind of sad because I really liked Kira throughout the Partials Sequence, and leaving it on that note kind of left me with a bad taste in my mouth about the whole series.
Samm was almost as bad as Kira. Life must be so rough for a guy with three girls chasing after him.
I just disliked how everything ended up wrapped up in a neat little bow at the end. After all the hatred between Partials and humans, magic Kira Walker fixed it because *Mary Sue*. It was a bit much for me.
I still liked Ruins, but it was a serious downgrade over the glowing reviews I gave to Partials and Fragments. Three out of five stars to the conclusion to the Partials Sequence, but I’d give the series overall four out of five stars.
Worth mentioning: I’m currently reading Isolation, which is a novella in the Partials Sequence based on Heron’s backstory and I’m really liking it.