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Fragments (Partials Sequence) Paperback – March 11, 2014
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Gr 9 Up-In this second book in the saga, set in a postapocalyptic U.S. in 2076, Kira is struggling to accept the fact that she is a genetically enhanced human known as a Partial. She makes her way on foot from East Meadow, New York, to the company headquarters of ParaGen in Manhattan in search of a way to cure the RM virus that kills newborns and to stop the expiration of Partials at age 20. Kira allies herself with the last human in Manhattan, Afa, a mentally unstable IT Director from ParaGen who may be able to help her, along with Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed, then saved her, and know what she really is. She has to find a cure before the Partials and humans destroy one another. Only by being united will everyone be able to live in peace. They all travel on foot and horseback from Manhattan to Chicago and then Denver to find answers. They end up with even more questions after finding human survivors in Denver who have a cure for RM that allows them to have children, but the cure comes at a huge price. Kira discovers a secret about herself that forces her to make the ultimate sacrifice to save others. The cliff-hanger ending ensures that fans can look forward to more surprises in the next book in this exciting and thought-provoking series, but this one doesn't stand alone.-Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trentonα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In this sequel to Partials (2012), Wells drops readers right into the action. This is a highly political, postapocalyptic morality tale where each side sees the other as both threat and salvation. Violent, gory warfare is balanced by a philosophical bioethical dilemma; humanity is teetering on the brink of extinction due to their own blindness in creating genetically modified super soldiers called Partials, who have rebelled against their creators. Partials are dying from a built-in expiration date; humans, from a plague. Kira Walker is a new breed of Partial who may just hold the key to cure both in her DNA. Little backstory and quick-paced alternating points of view make the players and circumstances difficult for newcomers to catch on to, and there are a few jarring anachronistic notes (references to toll roads and quarters although no one has used money in years, for example). But the epic scope and grand adventure will keep readers glued to the page, right up to the cliff-hanger ending, which will leave them screaming for resolution. Grades 8-12. --Charli Osborne --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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=== What I Liked ===
We do get a lot of answers in Fragments . We find out more about the Partials, how they're connected to humans, what Kira is, and what role her "parents" played in the war. I think we get all the answers I wanted, and I LOVE that. These answers are what kept me reading the book. I so desperately wanted them, and I was thrilled when I got them!
The world building in Fragments was just as epic as in Partials . This time we learn a lot about what's going on in central/west America.
=== What I Didn't Like ===
Fragments was slow as hell. I honestly think we could cut out one third to one half of the book and still understand everything perfectly. This book was WAY too descriptive for my liking. We'd have a 30 page description on how they crossed a bridge. A 20 page description about Kira tip-toeing around a room to avoid an enemy. It just dragged on and on. I found myself skipping 2-3 pages at a time just to get past the descriptions and move onto the action.
The slow pace kept me from wanting to pick the book back up. There were a few times where I actually considered putting it down permanently because I was bored. Ultimately, it took like a week for me to finish it because I had such little desire to keep picking it back up.
This was definitely the book's biggest downfall. This was a LONG book (almost 600 pages) and I don't think it needed to be that long at all. It could have easily been cut down to 350 or 400 at most, without the story suffering because of it.
Also there's one thing that another reviewer brought up in her review that I totally agree with. There were a few moments where the book made me feel nothing. No emotion. No sadness. Nothing.
Finally, sometimes Marcus's chapters bored me. I wasn't as interested in his side of the story. I'd mope a little when I got to his chapter, because I just wanted to go back to Kira since she was the one finding all the juicy information.
=== Overall ===
I just think the bad pacing ruined this book. But if you ignore that fact, I think it was pretty good. Getting all the answers to our questions was really interesting—that's what kept me going in the end. And just like the first book, Fragments had pretty epic world building.
After finding the cure for RM, Kira has left the safety of Long Island to find more answers for RM and for her identity. Nandita, the woman who raised her, left her a cryptic note - Find the Trust? What does it mean? What does the Trust have to do with everything? At the beginning, we find Kira in Manhattan living and hunting alone while searching for answers from the ParaGen building. I'm always amazed by just how capable Kira was. Kira's definitely not a damsel in distress of any kind, which is why I loved her so much in the first book. Kira finds Afa living in the wild. Afa was an employee of ParaGen who had somehow survived in the wilds of Manhattan by himself for twelve years. While Afa's brilliant with technology, after living by himself for 12 years, he's not exactly completely sane anymore.
Dan Wells is a master at world-building. I feel like I could see the dilapidated world and feel the danger as Kira navigated Manhattan. Most importantly, I love the concept of the Partials! More and more is revealed about the Partials and the events of the war and why and how the Partials rebelled. I really hated humans in this book because of how they treated Partials. They wanted to create soldiers that can feel just as much as humans, but they treated them like second-class citizens. It was only a matter of time that the Partials revolted.
As much as I love the story, I thought the book was super slow, and that was the biggest drawback. Every time I got to a Kira chapter I groaned, just because I really didn't want to read that much about their journey. I want them to get to the end of their journey to find answers, not to read about how they crossed a river or which horse died or how Afa is slowing them down. I also thought part of their journey was kind of pointless as it didn't really provide any answers. If those parts of the book had been edited down a bit more, I think I'd enjoyed Kira's journey a lot more.
While Kira's finding answers about ParaGen, the Partials, and the big plan behind everything, Marcus is running for his life. The Partials had come to Long Island in search of Kira, as Dr. Morgan is certain that Kira is the key to solving the Partial's expiration date. I liked this part of the story much better as it's more action-packed as Marcus runs away from the invading Partials and tries to contact other Partial factions. I liked that he's looking for his own answers at the same time without just depending on Kira. But at the same time though, considering both Kira and Marcus are searching for more answers, I wish there'd been more revealed instead of just both of them finding out the same things from two different sources.
This story is much more focused on the action and actually solving the problems instead of romance, but there is a bit more of romance in here than the first book. It's one of those books that while I enjoy reading just for the action and mystery, a part of me is always waiting for that little bit of romance to show up. Because the story isn't focused on the romance, when it actually happens I get all giddy and super excited because this is much more precious than romance books or YA dystopian where romance is the main plot! I totally felt that giddiness when romance showed up in Partials just because I've been waiting for it the entire time! I can't wait to see how that develops and to have them really be together!
I still really liked this book and this series continues to be one of my favorite post-apocalyptic series, but because of the slow pacing at times, I have to give it a 3. I honestly can't wait for book 3 and that is definitely my most awaited book next year!