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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,549 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Wells Narrator: Julia Whela Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Partials Sequence Release Date:
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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 push what’s left of humanity to the brink of civil war, 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.

Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wells has recombined familiar dystopian elements, added original ones and thrown in dashes of dry wit to create a sprawling, action-packed medical thriller full of big ideas and exciting reversals.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Intriguing…Though long on historical description and political debates, readers who enjoy SF-oriented postapocalyptic stories will relish this one.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Julia Whelan narrates well, showcasing the young medic’s determination to do anything to cure the virus, even risking her life to venture into enemy territory. This intense story is tempered by Whelan’s even reading. Her moderated tones embody Kira’s brace façade even as she makes decisions that could be humanity’s only hope of survival.”


  • “Readers will be swept along by the fast-paced action and surprising plot twists, and will eagerly away the sequel.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The Long Island setting, along with the configuration of Kira’s struggling society, is fully realized, and the many twists and turns keeps readers intriguingly off-balance…Kira is a bold heroine with lofty goals, and readers will willingly follow her to the sequel, where things are sure to tilt again.”


  • “[A] rollercoast plot…A dark, wild ride.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin | 2/2/2014

    " I have read several end of the world type books lately and this one was a good! Characters trying to do the right thing and the whole don't trust the government feelings are strong and warranted by what plays out. I will definitely read the other books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nanci | 1/25/2014

    " I really liked this futuristic sci-fi novel. I am looking forward to the rest of the story. Teens who take action when the government goes too far with laws that infringe on the rights of the people. Because of a virus, none of the babies survive yet the law is that all eligible women must be pregant as much as possible. They keep thinking that somehow, some child must survive. Kira is tired of all the deaths and sadness and wants to find a cure for the virus and save the human race. The government doesn't seem to want her to accomplish her goals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alice | 1/18/2014

    " Another dystopian book. After a slow start it turned out to be a book with an interesting premise. Most humans were destroyed by a virus after a war with 'partials' -- human-like robots created as a fighting force who eventually rebelled against humans. Can humanity survive? And are the Partials all evil? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sherry | 1/6/2014

    " Loved it and really hope there is a sequel. "

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