Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Fragments (Partials, #2) by Dan Wells

Fragments (Partials, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Fragments by Dan Wells

 My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fragments (Partials, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Netgalley.)
This is the second book in the ‘Partials Sequence’ series, and kicks off 2 months after the end of book 1 ‘Partials’. **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 – ‘Partials’**
It’s two months since the events of book 1, Kira has escaped to Manhattan, New York, in hopes of discovering more information about not only RM, but the partials expiration date.

Kira’s friends meanwhile are still on Long Island, and things take a turn for the worst when Dr Morgan (the woman controlling one group of partials, who trapped and tried to experiment on Kira previously) leads a partial army onto Long Island in search of Kira.

Marcus comes up with an idea that hinges on Nandita, which he puts into action, Haru has his own plans, and he goes off in search of a solution to the current war on Long Island, and the girls pretty much go into hiding to avoid being killed by the partials. Kira meanwhile makes some very significant discoveries in Manhattan that ultimately aid her in her quest for the cure to both RM and the expiration date.
Can Kira find a cure for either of these problems? What does Dr Morgan want with her? And can humans and partials ever live in peace?

I really enjoyed this book, it was full of twists and turns, and you never knew what was coming next!

Kira is alone at the beginning of this book, and has made it her personal mission to find the cures for both RM and the expiration date. Her travels lead her to not only new information, but also to people, and her quest becomes more and more complicated. Despite this she keeps pushing on, and keeps going even in the face of certain death. It seems that nothing is going to stop Kira, and I think it’s this unending faith of hers that she will find the cures that keeps her going. Kira’s journey in this book is far from easy, and it really is a wonder how she keeps going at times.

This book is certainly one that triggers emotions, but not necessarily the emotions you would expect! There were several moments that made me sad – certain deaths that I found upsetting, and probably an equal number of moments where I just couldn’t believe what was happening! The twists and turns and mysteries constantly kept me guessing, and I’m not sure if this book has made me paranoid, but I constantly worried that Kira shouldn’t be trusting certain people, or was making choices that were downright stupid and risky! This book was certainly one that kept me saying OMG, and worrying about what would happen next!

This book did take me a long time to read though! Even though I had to stop 1/3 of the way in because of a challenge I was taking part in, the pace seemed pretty slow. The thing is though, even though the pace seemed slow, so much time was taken up with what Kira was thinking, and how these thoughts led her to her next discovery, that even the slowest parts had to be read thoroughly to be understood, purely due to the detail of the story. Be warned though; at 576 pages this is not a quick read!

It’s difficult to say much about the plot of this book without revealing too much or giving away spoilers, but I have to say that it wasn’t what I was expecting, and the plot twists were tremendous. I have no doubt that the author is building up to an explosive finale following the ending of this book (quite a bit of a cliff-hanger I’m afraid), and I for one and quite happy to put in the time to find out what happens next! (I’m actually quite afraid to find out too though!)

Overall; a harrowing journey at times, a complex storyline, war, unexpected deaths, and a multitude of twist and turns. If you like dystopian stories and aren’t scared by the size of this book – go for it!
8 out of 10.

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  1. Thanks for the great review. This sounds like a great series. I haven't started it yet and may, though how long this book is makes me think twice just because of all the other books I want to read.

  2. So glad you enjoyed it! Fragments is definitely long and at times slow, but I think the twists etc make it worth reading. And dang that cliffhanger!!

  3. I still haven't read the first book so I skimmed this review. I am so happy the second book was good. I hope to get into the series soon.