Fragments: review and giveaway

February 25, 2013 2013, 4 star books, dan wells, dystopian/post-apocalyptic, giveaway, sci fi or futuristic, Wendy 130

Title: Fragments (Partials #2)
Author: Dan Wells
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Release Date:
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.

Win a Fragments ARC!

Thanks to our friends at Balzer + Bray, we have an advance readers copy of Fragments by Dan Wells to offer to our readers. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment below.

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130 Responses to “Fragments: review and giveaway”

  1. Pedacinho Literário

    I’m currently reading Partials, actually, and I’m liking it a lot. I don’t usually go for the sci-fi vibe but I do love a good dystopian world building story and so far Partials has been pretty good on that.

  2. Erika

    I started reading the partials and loved it but didn’t get a chance to finish yet! Excited to read both books soon! Thanks!

  3. Ande

    I love Partials and I cannot wait to read the second book. My favorite part about this series is the romance taking the backseat to Kira’s story and I’m glad to hear that happens again in this book!

  4. Ande

    I loved Partials and I can’t wait to see what happens next for Kira. My favorite thing about the first book was definitely the romance taking the backseat to her story and I’m glad to hear that it continues that way in the second book.

  5. Jolene and Family

    I think this series sounds amazing and something my husband and son would enjoy right along with me! Thanks for the chance to win

    Jolene A

  6. Katrina (athousand-lives)

    I’m reading Partials soon but I love sci-fi and from the great things I’ve been hearing about it, it doesn’t seem like anything can go wrong. (Although now that I’ve said that, something probably will…)

  7. Shelley Romano

    I read and enjoyed Partials. Since I’ve heard nothing but positive things about this book, I really want to read it like now!

  8. Rizka

    I own Partials but I haven’t read it yet. Really excited though, because I love Dan Well’s writing. Also, the giveaway ends on my birthday. It will be a nice present if I win :)
    Thank you fro the giveaway!

  9. Katia

    I am a survivalist enthusiast so this is just up my alley. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

  10. Katia

    I am a survivalist enthusiast so this is just up my alley. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

  11. Dianne

    I love sci-fi because it’s one of the best escapes ever. <3 I haven't read Partials but it has been on my TBR list for the longest time!

  12. bedbooktea

    the partials series is really great. and finally something different to those post-apocalyptic dystopian young adult novels… also no love triangle! woop woop

  13. Maria @ bookchilla

    I loved Partials because of Samm. So I’m excited on this sequel! Oh, maybe Kira, too. Sci-fi in general is appealing to me because of the “it could happen in the future” factor. =)

    My first time to join your int’l giveaway! many thanks :)

  14. Kevin Burns

    I haven’t read Partials yet, but, thanks to your review on Goodreads, I can’t wait to read it! It looks good. Science fiction is one of my favorite genres, both in books and movies. It engages your imagination totally and completely. ;)

  15. Jessie

    I remember that handy list! It was what convinced me to try Partials (I wasn’t the biggest fan of the author’s first series. Lots of potential squandered!)

    I love that sci fi seems to be growing in the YA market – it’s always creative, weird and fun to see new worlds/peoples/ideas.

  16. Stephanie H.

    I have Partials waiting on my shelf! I love Sci-Fi because it appeals to my imagination and my desire not to be bored.

  17. Sea Glass

    I’m getting Partials from the library once I’m able to, but I know I’ll love it and it would be really cool to be able to read Fragments right after. I love all the action and excitement in sci-fi’s! Thanks for this giveaway!

  18. starryeyedjen

    I haven’t read Partial yet, but I’m asking myself why because it really sounds like my kind of story. I think I even have the ebook. Maybe I should check into the audio so I can get to it sooner and then read this one because it sounds just as phenomenal as you made the first book sound. :)

  19. Anne

    Hopefully, this is much better than The Reapers are the Angels because the only redeeming feature for that book was the writing. Fragments does sound amazing though!

  20. Daphne

    I wasn’t expecting to enjoy Partials, because I’m not too into the Sci Fi genre, but I ended up loving it! Can’t wait to read Fragments to find out what happens next!

    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

  21. Holly King

    I enjoyed Partials so I am really looking forward to reading this one – hope we get some answers to the bigger mysteries too!

  22. Holly King

    I really enjoyed partials so am really looking forward to reading this one, I’ve heard its even longer than partials but I’m hoping this deosnt mean it will drag!

  23. Jenni @ Alluring Reads

    It’s great to see that even though this was a bit sluggish in some parts, you still loved it overall. I have yet to read Paritals though I do have it and plan to eventually. Science fiction isn’t something that I am a huge fan of but I have been surprised by quite a few books in the genre lately so I do want to explore it more. Fabulous review!

  24. Karielle Stephanie

    I thought it was phenomenally written. Science fiction is one of my favorite genres—if it’s appealing, that is. Sometimes authors focus too much on the science and not enough on the story.

    ♥ Karielle @ Books à la Mode

  25. Angela Chen

    Science fiction isn’t my favorite genre, but there are some books that really stand out. I just got Partials from the library and I’m about to start reading it. It sounds really good! But the pacing… :/ Thank you!

  26. Rachel

    I do plan on reading this at some point so I’m not going to read your review. The 4 stars make me happy though! Thanks for the giveaway, Wendy. I’ll come back to this when I read it. :)

  27. Katie

    I really like Partials as it was fairly original compared to many current YA dystopias, i can’t wait to read Fragments (I did think it would have been ok as a stand alone though)

  28. Tanja - Tanychy

    Well I really want to read this series and I still haven’t read Partials! but your review gets that to the whole new level! I really want to read it now cause sounds like something I’ll enjoy. Great review and thanks for the giveaway :)

  29. Ann LoveMay

    Since its science fiction, and I love science fiction’s books, I’ll probably love this book! I also like the covers!(: and I love sci-fi because for me its the most interesting books to read about, because every time you read a book like that its like entering a new world(:

  30. Sam

    I’ve had to plough through some less-than-impressive reads in the last few weeks myself, so I know what a relief it can be to get a better than average book. :) I’m glad to hear this is just as original as the first book. I received a review copy of the first over a year ago and still haven’t read it (I’m a bad blogger!), but your review here makes me want to dig it out now. :) Thanks for sharing!

  31. Texas Book Lover

    I haven’t read Partials yet but I have it on my shelf just waiting for Fragments to join it! I like to have the first to books in a series before I start it.

    Thanks so much!

  32. Paige

    I haven’t read Partials yet but I’m adding it to my Goodreads list because it might be something my son would also enjoy. I’m always looking for new read-alouds with him. Even though he’s 12 now we still read together.

  33. Jen Ryland/YA Romantics

    I have a copy of both Partials and Fragments, and … IDK. I took your Partials quiz and got a score of 1 out of 4.
    But I always like to keep an open mind, so I might just give these a try!

  34. Livvy

    I’m just reading Partials at the moment and I have to say the start is taking some getting into, since it seems like a bombardment of facts. By the sounds of it the pace will be slow, but I’m willing to keep going if it’s good and the second one is just as good too.

    Great review! :-)

  35. Tammy Sparks

    I admit I have not read Partials, but only because I gave my copy away in a giveaway before I could get to it. I know, stupid right? I’m dying to read both books, and would love a copy. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  36. javalotta

    Just got Partials so haven’t read it yet. Based on all the recommendations I’ve received for it I know I’ll love it and need to have the sequel. Thanks for having the giveaway!:)

  37. Iona English

    I got an audio book of Partials and have been trying so hard to listen to it but I think I’m just not an audio book person, buying the book is definitely something I’m going to have to do as it was interesting and the sequel sounds so good

  38. Ash

    I have yet to read partial but I’ve read lots and lots of good reviews on it. If it’s post-apocalyptic it should be good, that’s my belief! :D

  39. Brittney Estelle

    I hadn’t quite heard of Partials until I met Dan at San Diego Comic Con last summer, and I got the book signed by him. It was a free book, so naturally I read it, why not, right? I fell in love. I absolutely adored Partials, because it was something I hadn’t read before. It was really refreshing to be in the mind of someone like Kira, and to grow along with her as she discovers more about her own life and her self, just has me anxious for more. I need to know what she is! And I won’t complain about more Samm either. ;)

  40. A Canadian Girl

    I’m not generally a fan of slow-paced books but I’d like to give Partials a try since I know you liked it, Wendy. I’m really liking that we’re starting to get some good sophomore novels that aren’t falling prey to sequel syndrome.

  41. Bonnie R

    What a fantastic wrap-up! And minus spoilers too even for those of us that still have yet to read Partials.. *cough* I need to get on that.

  42. KtTurner

    This series sounds so exciting. I have Partials on my TBR list and really want to start it, but lack the time right now. YA sci-fi is awesome and is always so fun to read. Thank you for the giveaway.

  43. Kim Trotter

    I’m so excited for this series. I love a good sci-fi YA (like CREWEL) and it’s even better when there is a strong heroine involved.

  44. Michelle Morris

    I’ve heard amazing things about this series. I haven’t read Partials yet, but I just downloaded it on my kindle, so I’ll definitely be reading it this weekend!

  45. Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue

    Trying again (hope this doesn’t post twice.) I read and liked Partials. It wasn’t an “amazing” read for me, but it WAS really good. I just didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked to. The pacing you mentioned is a bit off-putting because sometimes I don’t do well with slow-paced books, but I know I’m going to read this one!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

  46. Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue

    I’m rather excited for this one. The release snuck up on me. I quite liked Partials. I didn’t get as attached to the characters as I needed to for it to be an “amazing,” read for me, but it WAS good. I like that more is revealed plot-wise/back-story in Fragments, but that’s a whopper of a book! I’m a little concerned about the pacing you mentioned, but I know I’ll read this one!

    Great review!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

  47. tammy216

    I loved Partials and I can’t wait to read Fragments. I’m so curious about Kira’s past and how everything fits together.

  48. LisaFicTalk

    I actually haven’t read Partials as yet but I did see a copy of it in my bookstore the other day and was rather surprised that it was there – they tend to lean more towards the paranormal teen books, this is why I was surprised – but I bought it and it’s there waiting for me to pick it up and read it.

    Also, anything Sci-Fi related and I’m there, especially one with a strong heroine which we don’t get to see too much of really.

  49. Desiree

    It took me a while to get into Partials, but once I did, I was hooked! I loved SAM. The whole world concept was pretty frightening and cool! Thanks for the giveaway and review!

  50. Leannessf

    Didn’t see my comment go through so here goes again:

    I love sci-fi in general and really enjoyed Partials! I thought the world-building was great and detailed enough without giving away the mystery of which side you should be on as well as the origins of the two species!

    Can’t wait to see what happens in Fragments!


  51. Leannessf

    I love sci-fi in general and really enjoyed the storyline of Partials. The world-building was pretty detailed, but left a mystery of the two species and who is good or bad still needing to be solved. Can’t wait for Fragments!


  52. Melissa

    This series is on my TBR pile. The first one is near the top.

    I have always loved sci-fi stuff. One of my fondest memories of spending time with my dad was when he would come home from work, we would watch an episode of Star Trek (original).

    Thanks for the contest.

  53. Carina Olsen

    Thank you for this perfect giveaway. <3 I loved Partials, and I cannot wait to read this sequel :D What I loved the most was the world the book is set in. Found it to be very interesting and amazing. I'm worried about this one, though, because I feel there will be a stupid love triangle :p was a bit sad about the romance in book one, since I really did love her boyfriend :\ Anyway. I'm hoping it won't be anything bad in the sequel :) Thank you for this giveaway. <3
    Also! Your review is awesome :) I’m glad you enjoyed this book ;) But oh. Less romance? :( Not happy. I loved Marcus.. but yeah, hoping that at least they are still together at the end of this sequel :) A bit sad about the slow pacing, but hopefully I will like the book ;p
    Love, Carina

  54. Grace

    Glad you liked this one! Thanks for the giveaway. I actually really like Partials, despite it’s slow pace. I’m excited to learn more about Kira and where she came from.

  55. Grace

    Glad you liked this one! Thanks for the giveaway. I actually really like Partials, despite it’s slow pace. I’m excited to learn more about Kira and where she came from.

  56. Annabelle Marie Veronica

    Oh, I really loved this book too! It was freakishly long but overall it was a wonderful second book. The romance was a tad strange to me and it wasn’t prominent, like you said. It was slow but much more interesting too and I liked Marcus a lot more as well. I am definitely looking forward to the final installment! Awesome, detailed review, love! <3

  57. dreamsofawalrus

    Strangely enough, “romance takes the back seat” and “slow paced” have actually started sounding good to me. Not for everything, but it might be a nice change in a dystopian novel. It’s a shame it was overlong in parts.

    I’ll definitely give this a series a try sometime (maybe when all three are out?) but having just finished The Reapers Are the Angels (liked the mention of Maury and Temple!) I think I need a little break from postapocalyptic fiction. Otherwise my brain will keep getting confused when I leave the house and find myself surrounded by living, breathing people not forced into militant societies. I wonder if any of you guys have had this problem? Anyway, loved the review!

  58. dreamsofawalrus

    Strangely enough, “romance takes the back seat” and “slow paced” have actually started sounding good to me. Not for everything, but it might be a nice change in a dystopian novel.

    I’ll definitely give this a series a try sometime (maybe when all three are out?) but having just finished The Reapers Are the Angels (liked the mention of Maury and Temple!) I think I need a little break from postapocalyptic fiction. Otherwise my brain will keep getting confused when I leave the house and find myself surrounded by living, breathing people not forced into militant societies. I wonder if any of you guys have had this problem? Anyway, loved the review!

  59. Barbara E.

    I haven’t had a chance to read Partials yet, but I love scifi, especially post-apocalyptic stories so I’m looking forward to reading this series. I’ve always enjoyed scifi because I’m fascinated with the different worlds and situations that authors dream up.

  60. Unknown

    I love apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction so I’m sure I’d enjoy this series! Thanks for the giveaway!

  61. Unknown

    I have been eagerly awaiting Fragments since the day I finished Partials. Post-apocalyptic with killer robots and a kick-ass female protagonist. What more could you ask for?

  62. Sherry Knack

    I actually haven’t read Partials yet, but want to. But I do like Sci-fi because of the possibilities. And as we all some sometimes things sci-fi books actually come to be.

  63. Sallie Mazzur

    I think I like Partials so far because Dan Wells doesn’t write a YA book about romance, it’s a YA story with a little romance. The romance doesn’t dominate the story or overwhelm the plot. He does this in his other John Cleaver series, I’m Not A Serial Killer. There’s a bigger issue going on, and a very subtle romance going on in the background.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  64. Go Flash Go

    I’ve not yet read Partials, but when I heard about Fragments’ release, I knew I had to read this series. I’ve always loved sci-fi, in any format. My wish is that in my lifetime, we will discover extraterrestrial life. (Yeah, I’m serious – that’s my big wish!)

  65. Haraiah

    I haven’t read Partials, yet! But I’m really planning to. It’s in my TBR pile. I heard it’s really good, and I’m a big fan of sci-fi. I read Variant written by Dan Wells’ brother and I loved it.. can’t wait to read his, too.

  66. Andrea @The Bookish Babes

    I loved Partials, and have been anxious for Fragments. I’m interested in learning more about Kira and the partials, but gosh, 564 pages?! I would likely wish it were edited to be shorter as well.
    Great review, Wendy!

  67. Mariya

    I am a really big fan of dystopias so I think this book would be perfect for me; I hope to have a chance to read this soon.

  68. Amanda

    I actually didn’t think I was going to like this book but decided to give it a try anyway. I am hooked on teen dystopians but thought this sounded too sci fi for me. I ended up really liking it and the Partials concept. Loved the twist with Kira at the end and have been looking forward to the sequel.

  69. Amanda

    I actually didn’t think I was going to like Partials. I thought the nonhumans were going to be a bit too sci fi for me but I ended up really liking it. I loved the twist with Kira at the end and have been looking forward to the sequel.

  70. Sabina

    I loved the last half of Partials more then the first half of the book. I’m looking forward to seeing where this story goes.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and making it International! =)

  71. Ashley

    Even though Partials started off a bit slow I thought Dan Wells built a well thought out and descriptive post apocalyptic world. He does a great job with the little details too!

  72. Sarah (saz101)

    550+ pages? WHOA.
    I’ve been INTRIGUED by Partials. I love sci-fi, it sounds intriguing, but… I don’t know. And I’m even MORE intrigued now your review is heeeere! ♥

    Wendy, I love your reviews. They’re like Christmas presents, but better ♥

  73. Claire Kim

    Partials was, in my opinion, one of the nicest sci-fi teen debuts I’ve ever read. Doesn’t heap on too much romance, but leaves just enough to satisfy, while having an engaging plot. Looking forward to reading the sequel!

  74. Kelly

    I think I liked how realistic this future is – I can EASILY imagine our governments creating a humanoid robot, using those robots to attack our enemies, and then having those same robots turn against us as we realize we don’t control them as much as we would like to think. Add in the mystery surrounding Kira and her history and how its linked to Partials and I was completely hooked!

  75. Lindsey Collins

    I am soo excited for this sequel! I almost bought a different book with the same last name because I was so excited I didn’t read the title or synopsis! Can’t wait!!

  76. Mary @ BookSwarm

    Dang. That’s a big darned book. I really enjoyed Partials with the, well, Partials and their history. Kira is a fantastic character who I can’t wait to meet again. Not overly happy to hear about the pacing but I’ll get over it!

  77. LeeLou

    I couldn’t put Partials down! It kept my full attention the whole way through and left me wanting more at the end. I am so excited to read Fragments to get so many of my questions answered. Thank you for this giveaway.

    • Wendy Darling

      Sorry Bookworm, I’ve just corrected that! The perils of cloning previous giveaways–something always slips through the cracks. ;) Thanks for letting me know.

  78. Vivien

    From what I can remember about Partials I enjoyed the dystopian world it was set in. I’ve been wanting to read Fragments ever since finished Partials so I can get some of those niggling questions answered.

  79. Emily Elizabeth

    So. Many. Pages. I don’t blame you for finding a fault in that. But I’m glad you liked it! I really enjoyed the first one, and I’m looking forward to reading this one! Thank you!

  80. Nikki

    I keep hearing wonderful things about this series and being a Dan Wells fan (I adored his “I Am Not A Serial Killer” series) I still can’t believe I haven’t picked it up yet. It’s nice to know this book hasn’t fallen victim to the dreaded sophmore slump and even at a lengthy 564 pages, it still manages to impress. Definitely adding this to the TBR list, and high up there, I might add! Thanks for the spoiler-free review!

  81. Natalie Varner

    I thought Partials was a really well done dystopian with the right amount of romance and that great twist at the end. I also loved the prequel Isolation. I didn’t realize Fragments is being released tomorrow! I can’t wait!

  82. Scarlett

    So glad you liked this one! I had started Partials but had gotten distracted and haven’t picked it up again yet. I’m glad that the second one isn’t a sophomore slump! Great review!

  83. Andi

    I’ve been looking forward to this sequel for a long time and your review has made me even more interested especially in finding out more of what happened in the past.