Author: Dan Wells
Series: Partials #2
Expected Publication: February 26, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 564 pp
Source: Around the Arc Tours
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.
The second installment in the pulse-pounding Partials saga is the story of the eleventh hour of humanity's time on Earth, a journey deep into places unknown to discover the means--and even more important, a reason--for our survival.
Thoughts: Kira is searching to find the key to saving both humans and Partials. She also struggles with where she belongs as she still identifies with the human race even though she is a Partial. Kira begins her journey only with a photograph telling her to locate the Trust and she assumes they will have information on a cure for RM and the Partial expiration. As things at home begin to unravel, Kira, and crew happen upon something they thought impossible and a harsh truth she never expected. Marcus finds himself caught in the midst of chaos back home as he tries to replicate a cure for RM. He attempts to make peace with the Partials as another war with them would be detrimental to the human race but what he learns about his girlfriend and her family is more unsettling than he could ever imagine. The Partials aren't looking for peace they want Kira and will stop at nothing until they have her.
The romance does not appear to be the main focus but there is a lot of tension and uncertainty pouring from Kira and Samm. She seems oblivious to how he feels about her and he has hard time expressing himself. I liked this scene where she tries to explain that humans talk with more than words but with their hands, tone of voice or body language which in turn perplexed Samm because Partials communicate through the link. Samm, appears to be this strong capable Partial yet has a vulnerability about him that is engaging in this book and his trust in Kira is touching.
Now, supporting characters, Herron with all of her superiority is the most obtuse and naive to me. She complains so much in this book, which grated on my nerves I wanted to throttle her. She doesn't know how to trust what she can't see; she desires an attainable fix rather than betting on chance. Now, the next character, Afa, the only "human in the world" is an absolute loon and makes for comedy relief and frustration but when his mind is on, he becomes this wealth of information that Kira and crew needs to lead them to the Trust.
Fragments is a long and very detailed installment that answers many questions about the Partials and Kira's origin but leaves room for more speculation. When I envision the landscape for what this world looks like for them, my first thought is of the movie the Book of Eli because everything was so desolate and full of chaos and destruction. In my mind, I see a decaying land destroyed by war yet struggling to live again. Kira made me like her even more as a character in Fragments because she chooses not pick sides over which race to save rather she is adamant about trying to save both. Wells writing is fluid and evenly paced, though some portions are slower but the action packed sequences make up for that. The world building Wells has created makes the story come alive and easy to picture in one's mind. Overall, a great continuation of a thrilling series.