Saturday, March 29, 2014


Book: Ruins
Series: (Partials #3)
Author: Dan Wells

Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans.

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.

While i loved this series as a whole, i find this specific book a bit disappointing.

The world building we found in the previous books is consistent. Dan Wells is master of atmosphere. The depicting was so genuine that at times i had memories of places i have never seen in real life. Amazing.

There is also a philosophical aspect of this series. The musings about humanity, the age old question of what makes us human?,  consequences of playing god, all this introduced as someones monologue or a side tough... I love when books manage to do philosophy without turning up like condescending pretentious douche-bags! Double Amazing!

So what bothered me?

This series always zigzagged between slow boring walk thought empty streets and action packed running from unseen (or seen) enemy, life in danger, blood and gore, bombs... Even with that in mind i find this third/last book all over the place.

There were introduced  a couple of new POV and every single one had his/hers story-line or agenda. At the end I couldn't quite follow where Haru went and was he in coordination with Marcus and whether Marcus was with the group that hated Partials... or Humans... and who was Delarosa again???
So with everyone jumbled up everywhere the conclusion turned up too neat and sudden, leaving couple of questions the book opened unanswered or at least without a strait one.

And then we come to the love story...

Man. I adored the love story in the previous books, it was subtle and in the background, but passionate non the less, It was never a love triangle because she outgrow one and fount another. It was obvious who Kira is choosing.
Here everything that was carved form before went forgotten. She suddenly become indecisive and let the decision be made for her, without giving true input or clarifying her feelings toward each of the guys.
It felt engineered and It didn't fall in line with the character's growth by this point.

  • on a side note: Samm and Kira on the opposite ends of the continent - not the brightest idea for a last book in the series Mr. Wells. 

Like i said - overall i loved this. The major plot twist was brilliant as it was horrifyingly vile (but i understood -and supported- the necessity for it). The pure simplicity of the cure for both sides left me wondering how i did not see that coming 2 books ago (i did, but it was still a good solution). The aforementioned world building, even the newly introduced characters all of that overshadowed the few complains i had.
So it is definitely worth your time if you haven't already snatched this. The whole series!


  1. I am so glad that you liked it overall, I really need to fit this one in soon!

    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  2. you definitely should! if noting else, this book made for a fast read because of the action packed world building.

  3. Angel (Spare Reads)31 March, 2014 00:57

    It's always a bit disappointing when a fabulous serious ends on a weaker note. But I think I'm still gonna try this out since I have heard lots of good things about it :) Nice review Boyanna!

  4. Awww, I'm sorry that this was a bit of a let-down. It sucks when the final book is the most disappointing in a trilogy. IMO, a series should be consistent in quality all the way, with the finale ending in a big big big bang that would make it unforgettable. It seems like this didn't happen here, with the heroine being all indecisive (oh how I hate that!) and the horrid pacing. I have the first book so I will approach this series now cautiously.. don't want to be too disappointed!

    Faye at The Social Potato


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