Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ruins by Dan Wells

Genre:  YA Dystopian
Partials Sequence, Book 3

Description (taken from Dan Wells' website):
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.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Partials series, this is set in a world where the humans have created a beautiful species as well as destroyed almost everything.  Trying to end world wars, a company engineered the Partials to help in combat.  Their purpose was to fight, win and restore order.  However after the war ended, they were treated as less than human.  One of our greatest creations, and we abandon it.  Thus leading to animosity between the two races.  Oh, and we kind of destroyed the climate as well.  It's a sad world.

Kira has spent her whole life trying to find a cure for RM, a disease that killed the majority of mankind and now prevents humans from having healthy babies.  And now that she's finally found it, she's trying to help the Partials survive.  When she's finally found all of the answers, she has only days to try to bring peace to the warring factions.  But can humans find peace when they're so much better at creating chaos and fighting?

I will admit that these books are huge and a lot to process.  However, they're going to make you think, and they have science.  It's very easy to draw real-world parallels to Kira's world.  And Dan Wells does it in a such a non-invasive way that you don't really think about it.  All you want is more of the story.  This book is about people trying to find a purpose in life and survive.  I feel like at the basic center, that's what all of us are trying to do.  I enjoyed this one and think it had a good ending to the series.

If you can get over how big these books are, I think anyone will enjoy them.  They don't have the kind of fluff that some novels can have, and they're not heavy on the romance.  But they're going to be good reads that keep you hooked.

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