Friday, July 12, 2013

Review: Fragments by Dan Wells

Fragments
by Dan Wells
Series: Partial Sequence #2
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: February 26, 2013
Genre: YA Dystopian
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My review of: Partials


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 is the second book in Dan Wells Partials Sequence trilogy and was one of my most highly anticipated books. I began this tome during the Take Control Read-a-thon in March and consumed it in just two days. Stepping back into this dystopian world I found myself once again caught up in the cure, the battle and the unique characters. Wells outdoes himself with the incredible world-building and thought provoking questions he raises. With the exception of the characters ages this tale reads like an adult novel from its depth to it complex tale. Fans of The Passage and White Horse will enjoy this trilogy. Three word review: fascinating, chilling and suspenseful. 

The tale begin where we left off in Partials. Kira is searching for a cure for both RM and the expiration date while dealing with the discovery of her origins. The humans on Long Island are frantically searching to replicate the cure for RM that Kira stole from the Partials. As group of Partials evade Long Island in search of Kira; determined that she holds the cure, Kira begins a quest to save them all. Samm and Heron along with Afa Demoux a fractured IT employee from ParaGen join Kira on an epic journey into the wild where they will face untold challenges and question the fate of both sides. Meanwhile, Marcus steps up to try and find an ally with one of the fractured Partial groups and what he and his commander undercover fascinated me.

Kira has become one of my favorite protagonists as she searches to uncover the truth and come to terms with what she is. She has left Long Island and Marcus behind although they stay in contact with short-wave radio. Kira sees growth in this second book, and her thirst for understanding, wonder at humanity and quest to save them all endeared her to me. Samm is a Partial and offers us unique insight into their hierarchy, emotions and quest for survival. His loyalty and willingness to help Kira are rooted in something deeper then survival. I liked Wells approach to him, and the subtle ways he added depth to Samm. When he speaks we get incredible depth and his actions revealed a true hero. We see a bond forming between Samm and Kira as they both explore their feelings. Their relationship is built on trust and friendship and I adore Samm. I never really felt the connection between her and Marcus as it played a small role in book one. A triangle develops here but it isn’t one that is driving me insane or making me choose sides. I am confident of whom she will partner with but the romance is only a second thought to the overall ARC. As a character we see tremendous growth in Marcus as he moves out of his comfort zone, and at times he was hilarious. He appoints himself an ambassador of relations between the humans and Partials. Heron is a complicated Partial and struggles to separate herself from the pack mentality or link of the Partials. She is not at all happy about this quest, but her trust in Samm has her making the journey. I never warmed up to her and her snarly superior attitude but she did give us insight into her people. Afa was a unique character and his part in the quest was significant. He and his backpack stole a little of my heart. The Trust, doctors, Kira’s sisters and step-mom all add to the tale and drove us towards the final book.

I know many will have complainants about the length of Fragments as it comes in at a little under six hundred pages a rarity in young adult fiction but for me I loved every page. World-building is so important to me and I have no problems with length if it provides fleshed out characters, depth and plot advancement. Wells delighted me with the back history,from the complex information regarding the Partials, ParaGen to the ramifications of the war. His descriptions of the cities, the toxic wastelands and ParaGen were all riveting.  We also get more character depth, especially in the secondary characters and for me this made the tale genuine and believable  Wells splits the tale between Kira’s quest and those of Marcus and the Long Island humans. The pacing was wonderful for me and I quickly slipped back and forth between the two threads equal enjoying them. At no time did I think when is this going to end instead I savored this raw, unique world. The world is not pretty and both humans and Partials do unspeakable things. Wells raises noteworthy questions about humanity, technology and our morals in the quest for the biggest and the best.  While we get a lot of answers and as a reader I am confident with the direction this tale is heading we did end with a cliff-hanger. The last part of the book picked up speed with several revelations and now we wait! *gasps*

Fragments was a worthy second book and for me it outdid its predecessor. Fans of dystopian, fantasy and science fiction will enjoy the Partial Sequence series. At this time the third book remains untitled and I could find no information on its expected release. *excuse me while I go cry*

Five cups of French Vanilla roast out of five
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63 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hahaha..i understand I hate the wait!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous Bookluvrs Haven said...

I have to second Jennifer's comment, in that I have wanted to read the first book of this series for a while. But considering how you ended this review, maybe I will wait a little bit longer, until at least there is an idea on the release date for Book 3! I have heard lots of good feedback on the series, and I am excited to pick this up!

Lily @

Bookluvrs Haven.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I am the same way!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM , Anonymous Jennifer Bielman said...

I still need to read the first book, but dang, almost 600 pages? I actually like that. I love long books as long as they keep my attention.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:47 PM , Anonymous Nyx @ Unraveling Words said...

I have this series on my pile since it first came out and I have yet to read it...Heard such great things about it too. Might just wait to right before the last one comes out then just read them all xD

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:48 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I had no idea..LOL and I am sure you would do fine..do some mini reviews, that is how I squeeze in all the books I have read that aren't arcs..hahaha!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM , Anonymous Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Beacuase I am a bad blogger who doesn't review even half of what she eads and I think I'm always afraid that I'll never do the truly great books justice. :/

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

what? why don't you review all of the books you read? So glad you loved this too!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

*grins* me too, I am really enjoying both the author and this series

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh my that would be so interesting!!! Oh the banter would be delicious!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I think I've just realized something about myself...I never review my favorite books. This was a definite 5 for me as well! Great review.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous Danielle Chapman said...

I have this series on my TBR list and after your review I am glad I do ! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I pre-ordered it since Partials made my top 10 YA books for 2012..and my TBR challenge in March gave me the perfect excuse to read it. Hope you get it soon!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I hope you read them soon Darlene!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh yes, you need to squeeze this in..LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

That is a great idea, I might try that.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous Heidi said...

I am so annoyed that I haven't read this yet. I was a huge fan of book one and it ended up on my best of list. I need to find time to read this especially if you think it is better than Partials. I am very anxious to know more about Kira's condition.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous Darlene's Book Nook said...

Oooooooh, Partials has been on my TBR mountain for a long time!! I really want to read this, and I'm glad to see how much you loved it!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous Andrea @ The Bookish Babe said...

Ahh! I loved Partials, and cannot believe I haven't even considered picking Fragments up. I mean, I've considered, but that's it. You're making me want to pick this one up ASAP, b/c I need to know what happens to Kira and everyone else.
Great review, Kim!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh time to put your mad bargaining skills to the test and watch for book one to go on sale!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

sometimes stepping away from a genre is the perfect cure, I think you have a most excellent plan!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Tanja. Happy Friday:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Brandi, and yes the world, structure, mystery are all fantastic!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I hope you get a chance too, I have been quite pleased with this series

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Wells is quite good at weaving a tale

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Oh I know all about those books sitting waiting to be read..what we need my friend is more time!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I hope you get to read it, I really am loving this series

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ahh..,maybe book one will price drop

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I would try reading just a chapter a night, no more, stress free and before ya know it..bam you are done.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I've been wanting to read that first one and you say this surpasses it?? Hm... must seek it out and try it! Oh and don't you love/hate the fact that you can't wait for the next installment. One one hand the series is so good you want the next and on the other hand, it's not IN your hand! LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous mayceegreene said...

I REALLY need to bump Partials up. I have a copy sitting around that is
giving me judgy eyes from the shelf. The more I hear about the series,
the more I need to get to it!

Great review, as always!

Maycee Greene (Fishing Lodge Alaska)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

nope this one rocked

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

when that happens to me, I do one of three things, read my own review, re-read the last chapter of the previous book or just go to goodreads and scan all those spoiler reviews..LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I see a few peeps felt that way..but i enjoyed every minute of it..LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

sorry this disappointed you, I did stop and read your review.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous candacerobinson said...

I haven't started this series yet, but it's one I do want to read. Because I'm a little burnt out on dystopian/post apocalyptic books I figured I would wait until the series I'm currently involved in are finished. And then I can read all the books in this series closer together because by then it'll be all finished.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Mel @thedailyprophecy said...

Interesting! I was very disappointed by this book, so it's always fun to see people who think the opposite.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

I have both of these and I really need to read them, I think because they are so long it has been putting me off. I have so many others to read right now but I will make time for this one soon!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Toni @ My Book Addiction said...

Awesome review!! I still need to read the first book. It's on my TBR list, but I haven't forked over the dough to pick up a copy yet.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I disliked Marcus intensely in the first book, but this time around, he was my favorite character. I much preferred him to two others. This book was about 100 pages too long, as far as I'm concerned, especially around the middle, but overall, it was an entertaining read. Lovely review, Kim!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Nick said...

Amazing review, Kim! 5 coffee cups from you means that this must be all sorts of epic! I haven't read the first book of this series yet, but your review convinced me.
I love that Kira grows and develops during the course of the series. She sounds like an MC that I would really like. Also, I like the sound of the friendship between Kira and Samm.
I don't think the length of the book would bother me too much because like you, I count on dystopian novels to give me tons of world-building!
Anyways, your review is gorgeous, Kim! Looking forward to starting this one! Hopefully, my library has a copy!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous readingdiva said...

Great review Kim, I should really bump these two because one has been laying on my shelf for a year and the other is waiting in my kindle..I will try to read it before the year ends lol -- Thanks for sharing!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Debbie Haupt said...

Great review, great the word review too, It makes me want to read it.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Jenea Whittington said...

I keep seeing amazing things about this series, and I still haven't even read the first book. Ugh. I am so happy that you enjoy this so much, and 5 cups too. I really need to get them both and read them. Wonderful review.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous brandileigh2003 said...

Love the sound of great world building and a book that will make you think.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Tanja said...

I have heard some really amazing things about the Partials and I'm dying to read this series. I'm so happy that this sequel didn't disappoint and that you enjoyed it as much. This sounds like a book with great characters and really interesting story. Great review:)
Tanja @ Ja čitam, a ti?

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

Sounds good :) Most book 2 for me just fall apart

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Kat (AussieZombie) said...

I've tried to read this a couple of times now and just got stuck because I was confused (the memory isn't what it used to be!), but I know if I sit myself down and have a binge, I'll most probably love it as much as the first one.

I'm so glad you enjoyed it, knowing it's amazing will help me push through the confusion :-D

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this is really well done Sharon, and I am enjoying the overall ARC and characters

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM , Anonymous Sharon - Obsession with Books said...

I really need to read this series! I have had Partials on my kindle for ages. I'm glad you enjoyed this, Kira & Samm both sound great.

A wonderful review Kimba! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

nice idea, they are so good:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

I want Marcus and Heron together. Could you imagine how funny that relationship would be? I was laughing at their encounter in this book. He could handle her, because, you know, she's not the boss of him. lol!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Diana!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous Diana Leigh said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it! I hate when sequels are a let down. (600 pages is a long book, so good that it was a fascinating read!)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hey it's all good..i am the exact some way:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know said...

I just don't want anything to influence my opinion. I'll definitely read your review once I'm finished. It's already getting better.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

that's ok Sandy, I do not include spoilers but I cannot wait to hear what you think:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Exactly Ellen I am the same way:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

you are welcome, and i hope you get a chance to try this trilogy

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know said...

To be honest, I didn't read your whole review yet...just scrolled down to your rating (for now, I'll go back and read it later). But I'm reading Fragments now and it's just a little slow (only 20% in). I'm so glad to know that you rated it so highly because that means it gets super super good! Can't wait to finish the book so I can come back and read your review! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous Ellen said...

I have the first book in this series, but haven't read it yet. Now I really want to. I don't mind long books if they are good, and this one seems to be just that. Wonderfully written review.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous readingdiva said...

Ah, I get the evil eye when I tell people I need more hours added to the day LOL :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous Belle Read said...

This sounds like a book that I would enjoy, although I can not say that I am surprised. I have read many positive things about Wells and have been meaning to read a book of his for too long now. Thank you for your review.

 

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