25 March 2013

Review: Fragments by Dan Wells

Release Date: February 26th, 2013
Hardcover: 564 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins UK

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.

So many things happening in so little time! That seems to be the main motto of Fragments. Kira is still searching for a way to cure both the Partials and the Humans and this goal leads her to many surprising discoveries. Meanwhile Marcus is trying to replicate the cure without success. The worst thing though is that the Partials are threatening to start a war if they can't get their hands on Kira. Fragments is the living proof that sequels CAN be as good as their prequels, or even better!

The thing that I liked the most about Fragments was the different perspectives. I liked to know about Kira and Samm but Marcus' side of the story was as interesting. And that's saying something, since I didn't like Marcus that much in the first installment. I almost devoured the 564 pages, always wanting to know more about what was going to happen. And the ending left me hungry for more. The romance takes a backseat in this action and informative sequel. While Fragments will answer many of your questions, it will also lead to more. But fear not, the tension between Samm and Kira is still entertaining enough.

Kira is a strong main character and she proves this again and again. The problem is that her persistence that she will find an answer to everything can get on your nerves; it certainly got on mine. Heron was also a bit of a pain because she was always complaining. But while I didn't like these flaws, they are what made these characters so unique in the first place. Samm is still my favorite character in this series and that's because he can be so sweet but still Partial enough at the same time.

Fragments was a fantastic sequel to Partials. It was full of surprises and interesting twists and turns. I was foremost interested in Kira's journey to the West, where she certainly found some answers, but were they the right ones? I can't wait to get my hands on the next installment, since it will certainly entail more action and the long awaited answers to the mystery around Kira and the cure.

Thanks to Harper Collins UK for providing me with a copy for review!

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