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 11th 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.
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I am a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.
I liked Partials enough to download Fragments as soon as I'd finished it. I liked Fragments enough to almost wish I hadn't
, dooming myself to a long wait for the third book.
Any reservations I may have had over Partials's plot were simply swept away by my enjoyment of Fragments. The story pays off the promise of Partials, showing us with greater depth and breadth the world we'd gotten only tiny glimpses of before. We have open warfare, an epic cross-country journey and some really tough choices to be made. All the while, our characters are having to grow up and fill roles they'd never expected to fall to them. And the lengths to which our heroes must go get a little more drawn out the farther they go, particularly when they are confronted with the choices others have made to save their side in the war.
Julia Whelan's performance continues to impress, improving if anything since Partials came out last year. The advent of multiple points of view means we're in other characters' heads, and the narration helps give life to the thoughts of various characters, doing particularly well I thought with Marcus's snarky fatalism.
Whereas Partials introduced the players in broad strokes and showed them making their tentative first moves, Fragments is all about setting up the sides' endgame plays. If we're lucky, the third book will give us something really spectacular.
The moment I started Fragments, I was immediately immersed back into the world that Dan Wells created. This series is so awesome! I’m dying to get my hands on the last book in the trilogy! A year is just way too far away.
Even though I was happy that we get to follow along in Kira’s POV (so we know what the heck she’s doing after the way Partials ended), I was even more thrilled that we got a lot of the book from the POV of Marcus. Kira’s story is very important to the trilogy because it’s a huge link to everything, but I felt like Marcus’ story moved along a lot faster and kept the story entertaining. Don’t get me wrong, Kira’s story is very entertaining, but there was a lot of traveling, investigating and hiccups along the way in all of her parts, so it didn’t move as fast as what was going on with Marcus. I do have to admit that some of the craziest scenes in the book are still with Kira, but one of the suckiest scenes is with Kira as well. I could hardly believe that Dan Wells would even go there. It was actually quite cruel! So, basically, the whole book was pretty phenomenal.
One of the things I love most about these books are the intense action scenes and discovering how complicated the world has become. But what I love most about this book is that a lot of the loose ends about what truly happened to the world start to tie together, and it’s actually crazily insane. You’re left wondering what the heck the humans were thinking when they made all these crazy decisions.
There is a twist that is revealed pretty close to the end of the book that I actually figured out pretty early on, but it was still a shock to see that it was true. And how it all happened is pretty crazy in itself.
So enough about talking in riddles. The way Fragments ended is set in a way that is blatantly obvious that the last book in the trilogy is going to be awesome! I can hardly wait to experience it too!
I never rate books, but I enjoyed this enough to think it worth it this time. Most enjoyable for me was the philosophical question of personhood tackled in a different way. As with most YA books, both books--Partials and Fragments--address personhood with the typical "coming of age" motif. The more intriguing addition to the mix are the questions of "what is human" and "what does it mean to be responsible with technology". Obviously these books are planned as a series and the ending was definitely designed to hook the reader for the next book, which it did for me. Bastard. An enjoyable read.
I loved this book. I'm now listening to the next in the series.
I enjoyed Partials, the first in the series. Fragments delves much deeper into the background of this post-apocalyptic world and what brought them there, as well as exploring the world further. I loved it and was drawn right in.
The narrator doesn't have a huge character range; I felt like a lot of the men and older characters sounded very similar and rather nasally, but that's bearable and I love Kira, who does a large chunk of the talking.
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the second book in the Partials trilogy. It was an excellent continuation of the series and I enjoyed it a lot.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was very well done. The narrator does an excellent job of distinguishing between voices and characters and also conveys character emotion well.
Kira is determined to figure out the secrets behind her origins, so she journeys to the deserted Manhattan to find a business office for ParaGen and hopefully find the answers to her questions there. Meanwhile Marcus is still desperately trying to find a cure for RM; issues are complicated when the Partials threaten to invade Long Island. There are many twists and turns and many secrets are revealed.
This was a fast-paced and well done YA dystopian/post-apocalyptic type of novel. Some parts have more of an adventuring feel to them as Kira heads out west to find answers about her origin and I enjoyed these parts a lot. I also enjoyed how we got to see other parts of the United State, for example the wastelands that Kira and crew have to cross.
The book switches between Marcus and Kira; I found the parts from Kira’s POV to be a lot more engaging. Kira is out exploring and finding new things while Marcus is mainly trying just to survive from day to day. This book has more of a science fiction and less of a dystopia feel to it than the last book. There is also a lot of survivalist stuff going on.
Kira comes off as a bit bull-headed and determined throughout the book. While I understood her drive to solve the problem and save the world, she comes off as incredibly selfish at times. Heron calls Kira out on this multiple times, finally Kira starts to question the morality of some of her decisions. Kira does have a point though, she has determined that it is okay to sacrifice a few people to save many...although she struggles with this decision towards the end of the book.
Along with Kira for much of the story are Samm and Heron. Both Samm and Heron were more interesting and fascinating characters for me than Kira. Samm always seems so emotionless but this book explores a lot more about Samm, his life up to this point, and what he wants out of the future.
I thought this book was more consistently paced than the first book. The story is engaging and there were some interesting plot developments. There are lots of twists and turns. Also this book is much darker than the first, all of our characters end up in very bad situations. So while it wasn’t exactly an uplifting story, it was intriguing.
The one thing that really bothered me was that there were a few inconsistencies throughout the novel. For example Kira didn’t even know what a computer looked like early on, but then a short while later she is running searches on a computer without any help. When did she suddenly get so computer savvy? There were also some things that seemed implausible and contrived. For example the wastelands caused by oil rigs burning and off gassing; this seemed a bit contrived for me...especially in the way it was isolated to only a certain region. It made for an interesting story, but I couldn’t help occasionally thinking “this totally does not make any sense”.
Overall I thought this book was an enjoyable read. It’s fast-paced and engaging. There’s a lot of interesting secrets revealed and I enjoyed spending more time with Samm and Heron and getting to understand them better. The world-building is a bit weak and contrived and there were a couple inconsistencies in the story. Despite these I still found this to be an entertaining read. Recommended to fans of YA science fiction/dystopia.
I loved the adventure and the hidden humor at times.
I enjoyed the journey and the companions to the main character.
I always laughed when Alpha started talking about his back pack.
There was a death in the book that was sad.
Partials 1 & 2 are both maybe college level books for readers. I say this because the author uses a lot of medical and computer terminology. If not familiar with some of that the reader could be a bit lost at times.
I thought the first Partials book was good but too drawn out. This sequel had some drawn out parts towards the middle, but for the most part each chapter had me excited for my next time in the car to hear what happens next.
I would suggest listening at 1.5x speed.
I really like the author's ability to build a story. From plot to history, to culture, to character personalities.
You could definitely tell that this is somewhat of a "in between" book laying the groundwork for the last(?) book in the series.
I was very glad and impressed to hear Whelan vary the voices a lot more in this book than the previous one and her performance is -as always- perfect. I love the way she reads it and how she brings the characters to life.
I did quite enjoy the storyline, however at times it felt like the author was dragging it out a bit and some parts just felt...as if they were meat fillers. As always he does a great job of writing characters that you like, dislike, love, hate etc. One thing that really struck me is his ability to keep a levelled, realistic balance between good and evil and hypocrisy in his characters. Nothing is ever just good or bad and even the characters best intentions can be compared to the "baddies" bad intentions. This is an admirable skill the author has!
The only thing I disliked in this book is how the main protagonist becomes very annoying in this book. Half the time I had to think really hard to try and understand how she felt and why she was on the verge of tears half the time. There were however some really interesting, likeable characters introduced into this book and overall I did enjoy both the story and the performance.
Narrator was fantastic. Going to download part three now. car journeys are so mug better now!
"LOVE LOVE LOVE this series!!"
Up at the top alongside Hunger Games.
Everything from the relationship between Kira and Samm to the ending
All of it. She told the story well swapping seamlessly between the characters
oh I laughed, cried, laid awake long into the night playing for ONE MORE half an hour
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