Title: Fragments (Partials #2)
Author: Dan Wells
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
February 26, 2013
Balzer + Bray
Age Group: YA
Source: ARC from publisher
This review is spoiler-free, even if you haven’t read the first book in this series.
In my review of last year’s Partials, I posted a handy check list to help readers decide whether the book was for them. If you’re a fan of well-written science fiction thrillers or post-apocalyptic novels with strong heroines, this series is one you should definitely check out!
What do you need to know going into the sequel?
— There are fantastic action sequences, full of taut suspense and emotion.
— Survivalist enthusiasts will love it. During the first half of the book, Kira spends most of her time searching through rubble for clues to ParaGen’s involvement in the devastating events that decimated human society.
— A mysterious character named Afa, who has been wandering alone through Manhattan for 12 years since the break, could hold the key to everything Kira needs to know. If you liked the gentle, defenseless character Maury from The Reapers Are the Angels, Afa’s relationship with Kira reminds me a lot of Maury and Temple’s. A few of the scenes involving Afa are among the book’s most touching.
— Improvements from the first book: the secondary characters are more defined. Less politics. Marcus is much more interesting. But romance still takes the back seat here, even more so than in the first book.
— More of Kira’s history, and the creation of the Partials, is revealed. And they are both intriguing.
— There were some readers who complained about the pacing in Partials, and I’m afraid that it’s even slower–and occasionally more sluggish–in Fragments. This is a hefty book at 564 pages, and while it’s all good material, I would have preferred seeing probably 150 pages of it edited down. This would have balanced things out a bit more, and tightened up the story line in a way that sustained the tension better.
Overall, I thought this was a terrific sequel to a series I very much enjoy. My only issue was really with the length of the book, but hey–after plowing through so many disappointing sophomore efforts, I’m just grateful to have a book two that lives up to the original! And I can’t wait to see how Kira’s story ends when the final book is released next year.
This review also appears on GoodReads. An advance copy was provided by the publisher.
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