This book is 550-pages. That’s, like, the size of TWO books. I’m exhausted (it’s an exhausting type of adventure anyway). Do we all get congratulatory peanuts? You can read my review of PARTIALS, book one, here.
Thanks to HarperCollins Australia for the ARC! FRAGMENTS came out on February 26th, 2013.
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.
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.
After spending AGES figuring out what to rate this book, I’m giving it 4-stars when I originally thought 3-stars. I wanted to love FRAGMENTS, because PARTIALS was pure brilliance. But I didn’t. You want to know the real problem?
The beginning was dead boring and the ending was dead brilliant.
See how hard that is to rate?! The ending wins me over, because I felt wowed at the ending. Jaw drop. Bug eyed. The works. I was happy and shocked for the last 150-pages. After I finished I had the whole “Wow I just read an epic story!” feeling.
But I also felt cranky because I was so bored at the beginning.
War. Fighting. Lots of point-of-views. No Marcus-funniness. War. Fighting. Complicated backstory. Shoot everyone on sight. More points-of-view-I-don’t-care-about. Walking. Walking. Walking.
Once I hit page 400, it was pure brilliance. All the feels! All the twists! All the complications! The plot twists hit me hard and I laughed out loud! (That’s what you do in stressful situations, right? Laugh. OH GOSH. How could they let those things happen?!!)
There is basically no romance. I like a bit of romance as much as the next sappy codfish. But what I don’t like is when saving-the-world gets drowned beside a few passionate resuscitation sessions. FRAGMENTS has the perfect balance! The relationships are complicated and intense…but they are absolutely NOT the point of the story.
For what it’s worth, though: I can’t pick between Marcus and Samm!! They are both nice boys! It’s NOT a love-triangle, I assure you, because no one is particularly pursuing anyone! (It’s kind of refreshing.) Samm is complicated, being a Partial, but he trusts and respects Kira. But Marcus is funny and cares about people, especially Kira.
There are a lot of narrators. But Kira and Marcus are the main ones. We do get a peak into Samm’s POV, and Haru, and Ariel’s. I’m not a fan of multiple narrators. I get confused.
The writing? I’m obviously a fan, since I’m reading book #2! (I hardly ever continue series!) But I felt it was thicker than the first book. It was hard to wade through at times and all the description bored me to tears. But it’s complicated and the plot is sheer genius. This author has an incredible imagination.
This is the thing that really bugged me though: America is not the whole world!! Finally, the characters mentioned that, just because America was being decimated, maybe the rest of the world was okay. But the entire focus of the book is on America. Aaaaand on saving the “last of the humans”. Please. I am not American. I would like, sometimes, for dystopians to admit that there’s a bigger world out there!!
Another fascinating read from Dan Wells! I just wish the first 200 pages didn’t exist.
Cait likes apocalyptic books. Something about all that devastation and eating out of tins is quite fascinating. She would rather not live it though (no WiFi). After finishing this 550-page monstrosity, she’s celebrating with a milkshake. She plans to read SISTERS RED next.