21 March 2014

{Book Review} Fragments by Dan Wells

By: Me My Shelf And I | 21 March 2014 at 11:34 AM | | | | |

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Fragments
The Partials Sequence #2
Author: Dan Wells
Pages: 564
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
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Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is just beginning. Kira has left hEast 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.

Much like the first book in this series, I was sucked in from page one. This was a very welcome change as the second books in trilogy's that I have been reading lately have felt watered down, and forced.  Wells keeps an even, suspenseful and intriguing flow going all the way through to the last page.

In FRAGMENTS we see things from three different POV's: Kira, Marcus and Haru. Kira is definitely the dominant POV, taking up the majority of the book, and for good reason. She's on a mission – sure they cured one baby from RM, but now they need to cure them all, and to do this it's going to require a journey, both in the physical and mental sense. And they need to do it as fast as possible because every day children are dying and the Partial's expiration date is getting closer every day.

The details in the scenery are both outstanding, and yet a little too much from time to time. In a nearly 600 page book, where the vast majority of the main POV is travel, by foot or horse back across a desolate land, I found myself a time or two, being a little anxious for the real action to start. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there isn't any action – there's a lot of action, even more so that in PARTIALS. I just tend to have a bit of trouble focusing on great sections of description and inner monologue. And as they occur a handful of times, it felt like they took up more of the book than they actually do. Don't let my inability to be patient effect your choice to read this book. It's a must read for fans of PARTIALS.

The last 1/3 of the book was my absolute favorite part of the book. And since I really liked everything before it, this is really saying something. It literally explodes with an amazing twist that will have you flipping page after page, wanting more!

Have the found the cure? Who will survive? You are going to have to pick up a copy and find out for yourself! Oh, and I would be a total jerk if I didn't tell the fans of Samm, that you get a whole lot more of him in this book! (yay!!)

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