Mar 4, 2013

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Review: Fragments by Dan Wells

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February 26, 2013
Balzer + Bray
Source: Conference

Synopsis:

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. 

My Review:

FRAGMENTS is a fast paced and well-rounded follow-up to the sensational PARTIALS. There is so much going on in this one, let me tell you! It takes a little while to catch up with Kira and her friends when the book first opens up as there isn’t time at all for a recap of previous events, but Wells will get readers immersed quite easily into his crazy world once more. Get ready for another wild ride in an unpredictable world full of danger and enemies galore.

Kira is much more knowledgeable and determined in FRAGMENTS. She is unwavering in her quest to save both the Partials and the humans, no matter that the two sides despise each other. She has to make some extremely tough decisions in FRAGMENTS to come out alive, though that doesn’t mean her mental and emotional state fare well in return. I really loved the person that Kira was being shaped to be in FRAGMENTS. While she is dealt difficult situations that shatter her piece by piece, she never gives up hope, even in the darkest of times. Kira is a heroine to look up to, and I hope there is a light at the end of the dark tunnel for her.

The alternating points of view really add depth to the story as a whole. The book is extremely dark and depressing, but I delighted in seeing what was going on with Kira, Samm, and Kira’s human friends back in Long Island. There was so much intricate story development going on. I was craving answers to all of my questions about RM, how it came about, what was going on with the Partials, and a bigger understanding of Kira’s past. While some of my questions are still waiting on answers, I was pleasantly surprised at how much new information came to light. I was horrified, shocked, and completely thrown for a loop at most of what was revealed. The mystery behind RM is not pretty..

Dan Wells have proven himself yet again that he can bring just as many thrills and chills in FRAGMENTS as he did in PARTIALS. Just when you think everything is fine and dandy, Wells throws in yet another plot twist to keep readers on their toes. FRAGMENTS ends on the perfect note that will leave readers satisfied at their newfound knowledge yet also itching for the next installment in Kira’s captivating story. If only 2014 wasn’t so far off!

My Rating:

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  1. I’m almost done with The Madman’s Daughter and then I’m reading this! I’m soooo excited! I loved Partials.

  2. Dark and depressing? Meep. But I’m happy to hear that the story continues to develop. I have this on my shelf (how many times do we say this?!?) and can’t wait to delve back into this wild world!

  3. I was on the fence about Partials last year, but it sounds like Fragments takes the story to the next level. I may read a few more reviews to get a thorough feeling for it before I dive in again, but knowing you liked it is a big plus. :)

  4. Sounds thrilling and exciting! I liked the first book, but this one sounds fabulous.

    Great review!

  5. I still need to read Partials. I’ve heard so many great things about it. And I met Dan Wells and he was such a cool guy.

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