Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ruins Blog Tour: Timeline Scavenger Hunt + Giveaway

Today I'm crazy excited to be a part of the promotional tour for the final book in the Partials Sequence series by Dan Wells, Ruins. Dan had a really fun and creative idea for this tour, with each stop revealing a new piece of the timeline that details how the war with the Partials came to be. I have years 2064 to 2066 to share with you at this stop, but be sure and check out the full list of participating blogs (starting with Magical Urban Fantasy Reads) for the complete story as well as the chance to earn additional entries in the giveaway (details at the bottom of the post)!


Anti-Partial sentiment grows stronger; balanced by a small but growing pro-Partials movement that is very clear on what they hate (poor jobs, poor working conditions, a return to slavery, social discrimination, etc.) but embarrassingly devoid of any real solutions. The primary problem is that nobody seems willing to accept Partials as people: they are remarkably people-like, but they're still just organic machines, grown in a lab, perceived more as weapons than as soldiers. The only pro-Partial movement to gain any serious traction is the Eurasian Reconstruction crowd, who wants to use their million-Partial army as an actual army, not “invading” Eurasia but simply “policing” it, helping them to recover from their economic collapse. This makes the rest of the world incredibly nervous.

Partial unrest reaches a tipping point, spurred by poverty, racism, and hate crimes (from both sides). Inevitably, the Partials revolt, and the war that follows sweeps across the country at lightning speed. Three weeks into the Partial War, faced with an almost unwinnable situation, the US president enacts Failsafe Protocol, but it doesn't work—the Partials continue to run rampant, and America slips further out of human control. Worse still, a new disease has emerged, seemingly engineered to spread through the human population more efficiently than any natural illness. The disease, christened Rappiomentis but known primarily as RM, quickly jumps the borders and spreads across the world, killing humans in unprecedented billions. The Partials aren't even fighting anymore, but it's too late. With the human race suddenly and horribly facing the very real threat of extinction, the US military creates the Last Fleet, a group of warships armed to the teeth in a kamikaze run up the Hudson River, hoping to detonate their nuclear payload near the Partial headquarters of White Plains, New York. The Partials destroy this fleet in the last and bloodiest battle of the Partial War, and then it's over: not just the war, but everything. The tiny handful of humans left alive on the planet call this the Break: the end of the world.

The human stragglers—those lucky few with a natural immunity to RM—try to gather together. The Partials back off and start putting out fires, sometimes literally, focusing on making sure the world's nuclear power plants don't melt down or explode. Some Partials try to help the last human stragglers gather together, though they have to be very secretive about this, because the humans still blame the Partials for RM, and no human will willingly trust a Partial. They do their best to guide them toward Long Island, as a resource-rich location in a closed system, where the Partials can keep an eye on them and keep them safe. This hands-on attitude is not shared among all the Partials, however, and communication between the species is soon cut off altogether when the few friendly Partials are forced to turn their attention to internecine squabbles within their own society. The human refugees gather around the most modern hospital they can find—Nassau University, in a town called East Meadow—and build their new community there, using solar panels to restart the fallow genetics equipment and continue their hopeless task of curing RM. There may be more survivors on other continents, but as far as the people of East Meadow are aware they are the only human beings left on Earth.
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Partials #3

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.

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ISOLATION (Partials #0.5)
Two decades before the events of Partials, the world was locked in a different battle for survival: a global war for the last remaining oil reserves on the planet. It was for the Isolation War that the American government contracted the ParaGen Corporation to manufacture the Partials—our last hope in reclaiming energy independence from China. And it was on these fields of battle that the seeds of humanity’s eventual destruction were sown.

Isolation takes us back to the front lines of this war, a time when mankind’s ambition far outstripped its foresight. Heron, a newly trained Partial soldier who specializes in infiltration, is sent on a mission deep behind enemy lines. What she discovers there has far-reaching implications—not only for the Isolation War, but for Partials and humans alike long after this war is over.

A powerful take of our world on the brink, Isolation gives readers a glimpse into the history from which Partials was born—as well as clues to where the Partials Sequence is heading next

PARTIALS (Partials #1)
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 have pushed what’s left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and 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.

FRAGMENTS (Partials #2)
Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is just beginning. Kira has left East Meadow in a desperate search for clues to who she is. That the Partials themselves hold the cure for RM in their blood cannot be a coincidence—it must be part of a larger plan, a plan that involves Kira, a plan that could save both races. Her companions are Afa Demoux, an unhinged drifter and former employee of ParaGen, and Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed her and saved her life, the only ones who know her secret. But can she trust them?

Meanwhile, back on Long Island, what’s left of humanity is gearing up for war with the Partials, and Marcus knows his only hope is to delay them until Kira returns. But Kira’s journey will take her deep into the overgrown wasteland of postapocalyptic America, and Kira and Marcus both will discover that their greatest enemy may be one they didn’t even know existed.

The second installment in the pulse-pounding Partials saga is the story of the eleventh hour of humanity’s time on Earth, a journey deep into places unknown to discover the means—and even more important, a reason—for our survival.

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Dan Wells writes in a variety of genres, from dark humor to science fiction to supernatural thriller. Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing. He is the author of thePartials series and the John Cleaver series. He has been nominated for both the Hugo and the Campbell Award, and has won two Parsec Awards for his podcast Writing Excuses.

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Thanks to Dan and Rockstar Book Tours, I have an awesome giveaway to share with you all today. Up for grabs:

• Two sets of the trilogy (PARTIALS, FRAGMENTS, RUINS) signed by the author – US ONLY.

• Two PARTIALS T-shirts, one ParaGen and one Plague Baby – INTERNATIONAL. (Winners may select size of their choosing.)
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  1. I really have to catch up with this series. I read the first one and really . REALLY liked it! Then I lost track on the sequel - but most definitely need to read the rest :)

  2. I really liked the first two books and I'm thrilled that I'll finally be able to finish the series! I'm very invested in these characters and I thing the writing is refreshing. Kira just never disappoints. She's one of the few characters that always have me on their side, no matter what!
    I missed you Jenny! And I missed coming here so much. :) Hugs!

  3. Seems like Partials have to struggle with a lot, as do humans, but when humans hate and fear? They do it with passion so it's understandable why this situation is as it is. I am so very intrigued by these books and I can't wait to finally start them:)

  4. So now that the series is complete I am out of excuses. Must read, and soon :)

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

  5. I can't wait to read final book. Kira and Sam are amazing characters. I did find second book too long, but still... :)

  6. This is a really fun idea! I just read Isolation (the prequel) yesterday and was seriously debating on whether or not to start this trilogy now that all the books were out.

    Gosh, I just might have to squeeze it in.

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  8. I've heard lots of great things about this series. Now that's complete, I can read it without waiting for the next book. I'll have to get to this one soon.

  9. I love reading timelines. It's an easy way to find out about history without having to do research.

    I still need to read this series!

  10. You know, I haven't read past PARTIALS, but I really enjoyed it, and I think this is a great way to tout the newest book! There's nothing like a timeline to really establish the entire scene, is there?!

  11. Oooh, I LOVE scavenger hunt blog tours! They are always loads of fun. Thank for the chance to win. :)

  12. It's had been a while since my last dystopia

  13. Woot! I just bought Ruins! Love this trilogy and can't wait to read Ruins. Dan Wells rocks!

  14. Oooh I love dystopias, so I'm definitely adding these to my to-read list! That was a really good idea for a book tour :) Thanks for the giveaway too!

  15. I haven't read this series and it really looks like I'm missing out. Hm... I so need to make sure all of them are on that wishlist!

  16. I loved the first one but haven't gotten to the second one, which is sitting on my shelf. I like the whole timeline thing...very cool.

  17. This series is on my To Read List. Luv this type of series. Thank u for the chance to win. :)

  18. This series is on my To Read List. Luv this type of series. Thank u for the chance to win. :)

  19. I SO need to read this series! Every time a book comes out it's a reminder that I need to grab the first one!

  20. I CAN NOT WAIT to read this series!!!

  21. Loved this series! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  22. I have this and cannot wait to start it! Awesome post it has me excited.

  23. This series is just so cool! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  24. What a fun idea for a blog tour, it's so awesome to get the backstory on the Partials war! I adore this series, and have Ruins and am just waiting for my vacay to start so I can get to it, work has been bonkers lately. Thanks for sharing this! :-)