Fragments (Partials Sequence #2) by Dan Wells
First Published February 26th 2013 by Balzer + Bray
YA Dystopian/ Apocalyptic
Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK
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.
2 out of 5
Fragments opens with Kira finding out more about her being a partial. Partials are basically androids, and where created to win wars instead of sending out humans. But Partials started to become more and more human. They are different from humans though, they connect through a Link and they are all made to have certain jobs. Older men are generals, petite girls fit into small cockpits, ect, ect.
There was a quote from the book that I liked, describing the Partials, so I’ll leave it here.
“It wasn’t that they didn’t have emotions, it was that they weren’t accustomed to expressing them verbally.”
I found that the first 30% was very boring. It got better once Afa was introduced, but only just. If someone hadn’t read the first book they would have had no idea of what was going on. People where mentioned, but then no back story was given, assuming that the first book had been read.
Kira had barely any personality through the book, and I didn’t connect with her at all.
I did enjoy the hyper intelligent dogs though. Really creepy and added a level of entertainment that wasn’t there for the rest of the book.
Book One, Partials
The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials–engineered organic beings identical to humans–has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.
Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what’s left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them–connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.
About Author and LINKS:
Dan Wells is a thriller and science fiction writer. Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing. He is he author of the Partials series (Partials, with the second book coming early 2013) and John Cleaver series (I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don’t Want To Kill You). He has been nominated for both the Hugo and the Campbell Award, and has won two Parsec Awards for his podcast Writing Excuses. His newest novel, The Hollow City, was released in July.
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