The Partial said nothing, simply watching her through dark eyes. She could feel its anger like the heat from an iron stove, radiating out in waves. She steeled herself and reached out again, and this time the Partial turned on her suddenly, jerking its head and straining at its bonds. Kira jumped back involuntarily, her heart racing, and reached for her gun.
A war that was fought which changed the shape of the world as we know it. We created the Partials to fight on our behalf, and everything about them was designed to be the best soldiers we could imagine. The most advanced technology and research was put into a dream that turned into a nightmare when the Partials turned against us. Mankind is in danger, facing a battle with sickness that no infant can survive. The lifespan of babies born is measured in hours, and shows no sign of improving.
Kira has seen this for what feels like a million times. As a medic intern, she has seen more births than most people imagine –especially with the Hope Act. Now every girl over the age of 16 must become pregnant, by law. What seems like an unfair act that rules over teenage girls’ lives is actually a law made from desperation. The more test subjects, the more possibilities to find the answer, right? For Kira, impregnating younger and younger girls just to have them watch their children die in a matter of days doesn’t seem like the answer; she believes the only way to fight is to go back to the source of the illness.
Though she has seen the danger to humanity firsthand in the hospital, nothing Kira has experienced can prepare her to venture outside the walls of her society and face the source of the illness: the Partials. Growing up, leaving the safety of the walls was unheard of, but when everyone around her seems to be giving up hope, she is determined to fight. (Ruth, The Loft/Teen Advisory Board)