Partials, By Dan Wells has been in my Wish List since March. Why did it stay there so long? For one, the synopsis of the book didn’t really seem intri..Show More »guing and...(I hate to admit this “out loud”) I have found that I usually prefer female writers when it comes to YA books. So, with all my prejudices against this book out in the open, I can now officially announce that, I was wrong.
I really enjoyed Partials. Actually, I ended up reading the book AND listening to the audiobook as well. At first, it took me a little longer than normal to get through this book. I just had a hard time really getting into the book. Things start out slow as Wells introduces us to the characters and sets up the storyline. Once all of that is established, things start moving at a faster pace. By Part 2 (of the download), I didn’t want to "put the book down".
This may sound cliché but this book has it all. You’ve got: • The post-apocolyptic world in which tragedy has struck and only a very small portion of the population is left alive. • A bad “guy"--actually you’ve got two--that is threatening the survival of those remaining. • The (potential) hero, 16 y/o Kira who is trying to not only help her best friend, but a cure to save the lives of babies...and the human race. • There’s drama, as we follow Kira trying to figure out how to cure RM • Tension - when we’re left wondering . . . (NO spoilers here!!!! I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone.) • There’s also a little touch of romance here and there. There also may (or may not) be romance coming from unexpected sources.
I really think Wells did a great job at brining emotion to this book. You can feel the pain as he describes the death of all the babies, and how these young girls -- by order of the law -- have to get pregnant as often as possible, only to watch their babies die without even having a chance to really hold them. He also has a wonderful sense for timing the highs and lows; implanting good action scenes throughout the book. By the end, you don’t want it to stop because you know -- just like any good series -- you’ll be left wondering, “what happens next” in the story.
I will definitely be reading or listening to the sequel, Fragments when it comes in February, 2013!!!
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 l..Show More »ong 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.