Author: Dan Wells
Publication Date: March 11, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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.
I’ll admit I was worried about this one. I’m always very nervous when I fall in love with a series because so often the ending is just disappointing and it ends up tainting what was otherwise a fantastic series. So many times that type of ending has caught me in its trap and I was rightfully nervous about this one. These were large books (all pages together total 1,508) and I was going to be so disappointed if the ending to this adventure was a letdown.
I was not disappointed.
Like so many of the others, Ruins just kept throwing new information at me. Even when the remaining pages started dwindling and I knew the end was just a few pages away the speed hadn’t slowed down yet and there was no reasonable ending in sight. I thought the book was doomed. I’ll admit I lost faith for a few pages.
But I was so wrong. This entire series Dan Wells hasn’t steered me wrong once. The second book was almost 600 pages and while in some other books I might have been grumbling over the length and whether or not it was needed, I loved every single word on every page. Of course he knew what he was doing. The ending all came together perfectly. Except…one thing. I want to know what happened to the Reserve.
One of the things I loved so much about this was the battle between science and nature. Science has almost destroyed nature and even afterwards there are some who are still looking to science to solve the problem. Every single time the “creature” showed up and warned people about the coming winter I was further drawn into this book, which was an amazing accomplishment on Wells behalf because I was already pretty drawn in.
Again, I loved the different storylines that were all happening at once. I didn’t feel like there were as many as with Fragments but Wells was still able to handle each of them perfectly.
War books are tricky to write. Some authors tend to stick to just the people fighting the fight that are dying, but the good ones show realities of war and Ruins was one of them. In war there are so many things happening all at once. It’s chaos. I definitely got that feel from this book. Add in the weirdo science aspects of everything and it just gets even more complicated. If you are reading this I am going to assume that you’ve read the previous two books so this won’t be too much of a spoiler. The Partials and humans have to co-exist in order to survive. Kira believes with all her heart that this can happen. That if she can just get each side to listen to her that it will all work out. I love this. This is a girl who knows that the entire existence of humans and Partials rests on her shoulders. I got that from this book. The divide between the Partials and the humans was created over a few decades worth of differences and mixed belief. The humans believe the Partials released RM and killed most of the humans. Some of the Partials believe it as well and I loved the bits where the Partials talked about how remorseful they were. I loved that the book shows that these two sides who hate each other actually have people who believe in the other side as well. This book proves that you have to work together with people who may not be exactly like you in order to survive.