Author: Dan Wells
Review Summary: Fairly typical YA dystopian novel, but with a particularly likable protagonist with strong morals and leadership ability; believable science; and unusually nuanced ethical questions.
In this dystopian wasteland, only a small fraction of the human population has survived war with the genetically engineered super-human Partials and the ravages of a virus. Although the surviving humans and all Partials are immune to the virus, no human baby has been born immune in over a decade. As a 16-year-old-medic, Kira experiences first hand the horror of the baby-killing virus and the violence caused by factions disagreeing about mandatory pregnancy laws. With astounding insight and determination, Kira pursues a solution – a possible connection between the Partials and the virus – in what may be humanities last hope for survival.