Author Dan Wells is back with the sequel to the sci-fi blockbuster Partials, which Pittacus Lore called a “thrilling sci-fi adrenaline rush, with one of the most compelling and frightening visions of Earth’s future I’ve seen yet.”
After discovering the cure for RM, Kira Walker sets off on a terrifying journey into the ruins of postapocalyptic America and the darkest desires of her heart in order to uncover the means—and a reason—for humanity’s survival.
Dan Wells extends his richly imagined, gritty world and introduces new memorable characters in this second installment in the Partials Sequence.
At the conclusion of Partials, Kira Walker had just discovered that she is not, in fact, human. (Haven’t read Partials yet? Read my review here!) Unfortunately, she doesn’t have time to dwell on this, as the Partials and surviving humans are in the middle of a war—and a race for survival.
In Fragments, everyone has learned that the Partials were built with an expiration date, after which they will all die. This would result in the humans winning the war if it wasn’t for the fact that the Partials also carry the cure for RM—the deadly disease that kills all human babies born after the break.
Kira has left East Meadow for Manhattan, searching for clues to her origins in old ParaGen records. With Kira gone, the humans in East Meadow make plans to capture another Partial in order to synthesize another cure for RM. In the meantime, the Partial leader Dr. Morgan is searching desperately for Kira, believing her to be the key to the partials survival.
The beginning of this book really speaks to just how fragmented Kira’s world is. Neither side can find common ground, but Kira identifies with both sides and wants to save the humans and the Partials.
One of my favorite things about Partials was the characterization of Kira. She’s tough and strong, but totally willing to admit that she doesn’t always know everything. In Fragments, one of my favorite things about Kira is that even when she knows she’s a Partial—a partial human designed to be better than perfect—she still doesn’t think she knows everything. She really struggles to come to terms with her new identity because as far as she’s concerned, she’s human.
Another factor in this book is the romance between Kira and the Samm—the Partial she kidnapped/rescued in the first book. It takes a while for them both to figure out their feelings, and it takes even longer for Samm to act on anything, but I felt like they were a great match because no matter what, Kira and Samm are in each other’s corner.
While I was totally blown away by Partials, I went into Fragments expecting to love it—and I wasn’t disappointed. Wells continues to write in plot twists that I couldn’t possibly predict. Dan Wells and Fragments have definitely earned another five out of five stars in my book, and I recommend The Partials Sequence to anyone who loves dystopian, science fiction, and YA post-apocalyptic fiction.