Series: Partials #2
Author: Dan Wells
Publication date: February 26th 2013
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Source: ARC received from publisher via Netgalley
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’ve quite literally just finished reading Fragments before heading right into trying to formulate my thoughts, so, as always, there’s a pretty good chance they’re going to be slightly wafflish and random—but here goes.
First up, let me just start by saying how much I seriously freakin’ enjoyed this book. Yes, it took me DAYS to read it, but that’s because there is so much in there to absorb that, had I rushed it, I may not have taken it all in—and I wanted/needed to. Second up, I’ll state that Partials, whilst a good read, didn’t blow me away. If you want to know what bugged me about it, you’re welcome to read my review, but it mostly revolved around not being able to connect to the characters, and the world building slowing it down, and a couple spots of contriteness—though the review also stated what a GREAT premise it was, and how much I liked Samm and wanted to read more about him.
Well, the issue I had with character connection in Partials got carried away on the breeze in Fragments. From the very beginning, I felt the connection. More so with Kira and Samm than the other characters, but it was still there. I loved Kira in this book. Loved her development. Loved her drive and passion and vulnerabilities. Loved Samm. He’s a great character. And I thought the way the author somehow managed to portray emotions in a male who doesn’t naturally show emotion was brilliant. Plus, I also liked Marcus a lot more in this one, and liked seeing his side of the story, too.
Now, I’m not going to harp on about the greatness of the concept again because I’ve already BTDT. But do I like the path that the concept/premise is travelling down? Yes! There were a LOT of answers given in this book, and I really enjoyed how they all came to light, the unfolding of everything, right up to the very end. Talking of which—whilst the pacing wasn’t brilliant to begin, it was way better than in Partials, and I didn’t mind at all travelling along on the characters’ journeys at the pace set by the author, but then the book hit the halfway mark, and it was a zoom-zoom-zoom to the finish line. And that last 10/15% of the book was so intense, I found myself reading faster and faster just to find out how it ends. And MAN!!!!!! We get what we suspect was coming between a certain couple of characters, and then the blasted authors goes and rips it all to shreds, all in the space of a few paragraphs. I only hope Samm stays true to his words—because even if Kira isn’t, *I’m* holding him to it.
So, to recap, without giving anything away: if you’ve read and enjoyed Partials, then you’re in for a real treat with Fragments, because it blows Partials out of the water. Thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it.
That is all.
Have you read this title? What’d you think?