Author: Dan Wells
Series: Partials #2
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
If possible, Partials literally blew my mind. In a somewhat stagnant genre, Dan Wells set the new bar for young adult fiction with his introduction into the Partials world.
Partials ends with Kira finding the cure to RM and shockingly discovering that she may, in fact, be a partial herself. Now questioning her entire life, Kira sets off across the continent to search for answers not just about the war and RM, but about herself as well - who she really is, what she really is.
Fragments splits the narration into groups as Kira leaves East Meadow and all but Samm and Heron goodbye, which allows Wells to dive deeper into the characters who held perhaps less significant roles in Partials, mainly Marcus.
Fragments is more of a slow burn compared to Partials flash bang; while some action takes place in the novel for sure, the bulk of the story is set as Kira ventures across the country in search of answers. This trek allows Dan Wells the opportunity to show the true destruction and devastation that has taken hold of the world, not just in the localized area of the New York City area where Partials took place. Indeed, when Kira encounters Afa, he is under the impression that he was the last human alive, alone in a desolate, deteriorating city.
It's hard to really dive into Fragments without spoiling many of the revelations its pages reveal, and I'd hate to ruin anything for anyone. The breadth that Wells spans his novels across is almost staggering, and its such a well developed and detailed world that you just have to go in blind to truly enjoy it. Since Fragments does not have the fast paced rhythm that Partials carried, I will say that it isn't quite as good the second read through as the first, especially as you start to remember the revelations that Kira finds as she goes since they have already been spoiled on the first read through. But Fragments still stands as a marvelous addition to the series, even if it falls just a tad bit short of its predecessor.