Book Review: Ruins by Dan Wells


Sorry about the lack of posts. I had surgery and although I read (and binge watched Heroes) like a crazy person, I couldn’t bring myself to blog. I’ve cued a few to post next week to make up for it. 🙂

Book Review: Ruins by Dan Wells

Warning, this is the last book in a series, so it is impossible to summarize without spoilers. The fate of both the humans and the Partial hinges on what happens next. Kira sets out to connect with the Partials and humans, hoping to find a cure that will benefit both, while Samm decides to stay behind to help the captive Partials from book two. Add in some more war between Partials and humans, and you have quite a novel.

While I loved the actual language more in this book, I still think that the plot of the second book was more compelling. This book has us saying goodbye to some friends and celebrating with others. Overall it was a satisfactory end to the series. Also a few good twists to the story.


~Heroism (Marcus):

The camp fell silent, each group staring tensely at the other. Finally Marcus stepped forward. “If you insist on going through me to get to him, it’s your call. But I warn you, I will probably cry when you hurt me, and you’ll feel bad about it later.”

Vinci looked at him. “That’s your defiant speech?”

“Get used to it,” said Marcus. “There’s a lot more useless heroics where that came from.”

~On purpose:

People aren’t mugs, we’re clay. Living, breathing, thinking, feeling clay, and we can shape ourselves all our lives, getting better and better at whatever we want to be, and when we want to be something else we just smooth out the clay and start over. Your lack of ‘purpose’ is the single best thing about you, because it means you can be whatever you want.”

~On love (kind of a spoiler so read ahead with care):

Marcus’s face was impossible to read, but it finally broke, and he laughed. “You don’t apologize for this, Samm. It’s love, and love doesn’t weigh its options and pick the best one-love just wants things, and doesn’t know why, and it doesn’t matter why, because love is the only explanation love needs. Looking at Kira right now, I…know this is what she wants too. I-“He stopped and looked away sharply. His voice thick with emotion. “I’m not going to stand in the way.”

Recommended Grades: 7-12
Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction
Overall Opinion:   Recommended
Source: Book

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