Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fragments by Dan Wells

Genre:  YA Dystopian
Partials Sequence Series, Book 2

Description (taken from Dan Wells' website):
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.

Do you guys know how long this book is?  It's the longest book I've read so far this year.  And truly, that's my major complaint with this one.  It all came down to the length.  If were shorter and more succinct, I probably would have liked it more.

This book pretty much picks up where the first one left off.  Who is Kira?  Why is RM associated with the partials?  Lots of good questions in this post-apocalyptic world.  Only problem was, the first one hundred pages were spent with Kira being lost and finding nothing.  I think we got the point of how desperate she was with the first 25 pages.  But never fear, the plot picked up the more I read.

We've got Samm and Heron helping Kira find these important answers.  And we're still getting comfortable with the fact that partials are just like humans, except that they are genetically superior and have a link that can control them.  There's a new guy, Afa, and the destruction of the human race has kind of left a mark on him.  However, he tries to help Kira find those answers.  Back in the human world, all hell is breaking loose.  Humans and Partials are further divided and completely afraid of the other side (okay, partials aren't really afraid of us - sorry they're too superior).  And in this whole book, you realize there are a lot of moral questions that arise.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book.  The science is still there.  However, the moral soapbox does creep up quite a bit in this book because we're forcing people to make impossible decisions in desperate situations.  So, for me, this book would have been perfect if it were 200 pages shorter and had more science, less morals.  Still planning to read the next one.

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