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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harper Collins USA (26 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006226091X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062260918
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,330,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for PARTIALS:
“A thrilling sci-fi adrenaline rush, with one of the most compelling and frightening visions of Earth’s future I’ve seen yet. I couldn’t put it down” PITTACUS LORE, New York Times bestselling author of I AM NUMBER FOUR

“Mr. Wells has recombined familiar dystopian elements, added original ones and thrown in dashes of dry wit to create a sprawling, action-packed medical thriller full of big ideas and exciting reversal.” The Wall Street Journal

“Kira is a bold heroine with lofty goals, and readers will willingly follow her to the sequel, where things are sure to tilt again.” ALA Booklist

“A dark, wild ride.” Kirkus Review

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Dan Wells is the author of the john Cleaver series: I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr Monster, and I Don’t Want to Kill You. He has been nominated for both the Hugo and Campbell award and has won two Parsec Awards for his podcast, Writing Excuses. He plays a lot of games, reads a lot of books and eats a lot of food, which is pretty much the ideal life he imagined for himself as a child. You can find out more online at www.fearfulsymmetry.net.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Danielle @ What Danielle Did Next on 8 May 2013
Format: Paperback
Just when I thought that YA dystopian fiction with decent world building was a myth akin to a Unicorn, Dan Wells' Partials rekindled my faith and happily Fragments confirmed it. Wells' carefully crafted a world that was both visually and descriptively solid and realistic in the first of his series and Fragments picks up where it left off never once letting go of the reins with another stunning and compelling instalment that left me breathless by the end.

Partials ends on a hopeful note as our protagonist Kira has returned to East Meadow, triumphant with the cure for RM, saving the life of her beloved adopted sister's baby. However when Fragments begins, all is not well in her world. It is as brutal and harsh as ever as the last humans' left deal with betrayal from those elected to protect and defend them. With power still up for grabs and riots breaking out as fear of extinction still pervades the air; peace is still a ways off.

The story is told from two perspectives, Kira whom we know well from Partials and her on-again, off-again boyfriend Marcus. This was a great move by Wells' as it allowed the reader to always have a keen perspective and knowledge of what was happening first hand, both in the human world and the partial world. Kira, who was devastated to learn that her origins may not be as simple and clear-cut as she has always believed, leaves East Meadow looking for answers, both for RM as her "cure" is unable to be synthesised and also as to who she really is, where are her parents and how did she really come to be a part of the East Meadow community. Her journey takes her to New York where she meets up with computer genius and ParaGen tech, Afa Demoux, who has believed for 12 years that he is the last human on earth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Big Book Little Book on 15 Mar. 2013
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Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Please note, this book is second in the series, if you haven't read the first there may be spoilers.

Picking up a couple of weeks after the events of `Partials' `Fragments' is a very strong second book in a series. It holds a hint of nostalgia for me as `Partials' was the first book I was given to review by the Big Book Little Book team, as soon as the galley for `Fragments' appeared I was very eager to get my hands on it, the book didn't disappoint.

Partials was very heavy on the sci fi, Fragments has moved away a bit from this. It's still an incredibly strong theme in the book, it always going to be when you are writing about biologically engineered robots, but much of the science has already been established so I suppose it doesn't need explaining in quite the same way. There is also a move away from the dystopian topics of control, this book looks at individuals and their relationships to a much greater extent. It's almost as Dan Wells felt as though he needed a book to establish his world and then he could concentrate on his characters. That's not to say that the characters aren't well drawn or one dimensional in Partials, but in Fragments we did see a greater depth to them and some relationships were explored in more detail. This was fantastic, as for me it's the characters that really make a book. Fragments also had more of a sense of adventure to it with some incredible action packed scenes. This isn't just a book for the girls, even with a female central character this is a book that I should be able to sell to the boys too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amethyst Bookwyrm on 7 April 2013
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Kira has found a cure for RM but it is not easily accessible as it means using the partials, now she is on a search across the country with Samm, Heron and an unhinged computer expert called Afa for a cure for both the humans and partials as well as answers to who she is and who know about her. Meanwhile back on Long Island, Marcus and the rest of humanity are on the edge of war with the partials, a war which they know they cannot win, will Kira and Samm find the answers before it is too late for both races.

Fragments is the second instalment in the Partials series, which is a different but ok YA dystopia. This story does drag a bit as it focuses too much on the journey to find answers and less on the actual action.

More so in this book than the last I could not connect to any of the characters and did not really care about what happened to them. Also I did not like the love triangle developing between Kira, Samm and Marcus as I am so bored of them in YA books.

Fragments is an ok book and I hope it gets better in the next one. I would recommend this book to people who enjoyed the first book Partials.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kate Phillips TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 April 2013
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Last year I read Partials, the first book in the Partials Sequence series and I was pretty impressed. I liked it a lot; I thought it was smart, exciting and well written. I also thought it was very wordy and I gave it 4 stars because it was a little too long.

When I received Fragments for review I was a little put off by the length. This is a lot of book and I was intimidated, if I struggled with the length of the first book how would I cope with the second? I find the middle book of a series to almost always be worse than the first. But Fragments really surprised me, the length was not an issue and I thought it was better than Partials in every way.

I actually am finding this review a fairly awkward thing to write because I honestly cannot think of one negative thing to say about this book. I thought it was amazing, it improved on the first book in every area and I can do nothing but gush at its brilliance and pure audacity.

The world building was impeccable and I lived every second of this novel. I think Dan Wells is probably the best dystopian writer out there at the moment. The devastation and bleakness of this world was on par with McCarthy's The Road.

I liked the characters so much more in Fragments. I connected with the confused and desperate Kira in a way I hadn't before. I liked that other people in other parts of this torn apart and devastated world got their say. This is not just Kira's story but its Marcus's, Ariel's and others story as well.

We got to see a lot more of the Partials in this, from the sweet and loyal Samm to the temperamental and self-assured Heron. I really liked them and it was interesting to see life through their eyes.
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