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Ruins: Review

Ruins: Review

I really struggled with how I was going to rate this book. Partials and Fragments were two of my favorite reads of 2013. This is also the first series I’ve completed since I’ve started reviewing so there was that component as well. Were my feelings unfairly influenced by how high my expectations were? Ultimately, I don’t think so. Don’t get me wrong, of the 50 or so books I’ve read so far this year, this is one of my favorites, but I wanted more. There was much to love. The strong characterization, complex medical breakdowns, viral thrills, and realistic post-apocalyptic terror are all there. Yet there were some very significant issues that weighed down my enjoyment. For me, one of the main reasons I think this final installment flags some is the large absence of Samm. Ironically, he has more POV chapters in Ruins than in the previous books, but… Read more »

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Fragments: review and giveaway

Fragments: review and giveaway

Title: Fragments (Partials #2)Author: Dan WellsRating: 4 out of 5 starsRelease Date: February 26, 2013Publisher: Balzer + BrayAge Group: YASource: 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… Read more »

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review: Partials

review: Partials

Partialsby Dan Wells It seems as though YA Science Fiction is experiencing a bit of a resurgence lately. Like many other readers, I’m a little tired of the barely-dystopian trend, so it’s great to see a very firmly science-oriented book like Partialscome along. Airborne viruses + survivalist action drama + human interest story is a great combination, and one I think most fans of post-apocalyptic thrillers will enjoy. In the year 2076, 11 years after an airborne viral outbreak, the average newborn lives just 56 hours. 16-year-old Kira Walker, a young medic interning at a hospital, thinks that the key to human survival lies in studying Partials, a group of rogue cyborgs described as “unthinking, unfeeling human killers.” Since Partials released the virus to begin with, surely they have the answers to a cure–whether it’s through their genetic makeup or through their knowledge. When her friend Madison gets pregnant, Kira… Read more »

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