Author: Dan Wells
Year Published: 2012
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Synopsis: 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.
Why?: I've heard nothing but good things about this book, and it's been a while since I've read a dystopian YA. I think the idea of Partials isn't really that far off, so it will be interesting to see how they came about and why they were created. Also, I like that there's a mystery involved - I'm already dying to know what the connections between humans and Partials are!
Expectations: I expect an epic dystopian story, set not too far in the future, full of adventure and mystery. A kick-butt heroine, and probably a love interest.
Judging a book by its cover: The cover is kind of interesting. A girl, with silver streaks in her hair, looking at a city in the middle of nowhere. I'm not sure if I would pick this book up off of a shelf based on the cover alone, since it's a little generic, but it would at least catch my eye.