Mar 16, 2013

Fragments by Dan Wells Review

Fragments by Dan Wells
(Partials, #2)
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 564 pages
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.

I really enjoyed Partials, the first book but I absolutely loved Fragments. Again, it started off awfully slow for the first two hundred pages or so. Not a bad slow but just not anything where I could zip through it. The last two hundred pages, I couldn't put the book down so I didn't. . .until I was finished.

One thing I loved about this book, that was so different from Partials, was it wasn't just told from Kira's point of view. Actually, I thought it was only told from three points of views but it ended up being five different people's (I think, if I remembered them all). Let's see, obviously it's from Kira's but also from Samm, Marcus and a few chapters from Ariel and Haru. Marcus was a favorite of mine from the first book but seeing things in East Meadow (and other places) from his point of view was just fantastic. You could see more of his personality, his strength and also his faith in his girlfriend, Kira. From Samm's point of view, oh man, you kind of fall in love with this Partial even more. (I know, who thought that was possible?)

Kira's journey of not only finding out who and what she is, exactly, but also trying to save both the Partials species and Human's is a dangerous, tension filled adventure from New York to Chicago to Colorado. She is joined by Samm, Heron and newcomer human, Afa. Without even knowing a thing about Afa but seeing the other two names, you're probably thinking how? How can Kira, Samm and Heron make this journey together without tearing each other apart? It's a good question and I'll tell you one thing, there were definitely lots of bumps in the road especially for Kira and Heron but more surprisingly (maybe?) is how many times Kira and Samm ended up bumping heads.

What fascinated me about this book is how it took, not only so many characters we've come to recognize and know from Partials, but how they were all on their own little journeys and how it's all going to come together in the end. Plus, how these journeys ended up crossing paths with one another on more than one occasion. It's not hard to keep track of but it definitely adds a lot more layers to this book.

The war between humans and Partials is getting worse as Dr. Morgan has taken over East Meadow in hopes of finding Kira because she still believes Kira is the one who carries all the answers. We find out some extremely fascinating material about the Trust, who they are and how everything about the Partials & RM disease came to be.

There's tons of action as we're seeing first hand many different battles with each and every character; lots of tension especially with the group traveling together searching for answers but also with long lost sister of Kira, Ariel; not a lot of romance but absolutely not needed (though, I must admit...I hope to see more in the next book) but it came in the spot where it was needed most; and while we got a lot of answers, it also left us with that many more questions.

While I enjoyed Partials a good bit, the impending release of this book had me antsy; wanting to have it to read as soon as I could. I just couldn't wait to know more about this world, Kira, Samm (their feelings for one another?), Marcus, both races and the evil that lingers. I can safely say this book did not disappoint one bit and even with all the expectations I had of this book, it exceeded them all. It's one I highly recommend (obviously after reading Partials). You'll find yourself in the middle of this war, like Kira, not being able to choose a side with Partials or Humans; rather wanting peace and longevity for both races.


2 comments:

  1. Great review! There was so much more action in this one than in Partials (and more romance haha) but I liked the way that the romance wasn't a large focus of the book. And definitely Samm <3. Can't wait for the next book because of that horrible cliffhanger!

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  2. I agree with what you said about the characters on their own paths and then crossing, I really enjoyed that! I got it off Netgalley and I think Fragments has become one of my favourite books ever. Great review, I'm glad you loved it like I did :D

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