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My rating: 3.5 stars
"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."
Just because of Samm. I remember when I read Partials - I was speechless and completely amazed. Dan Wells gave me exactly what I love in my post-apocalyptic novels - well thought fictional world, strong characters and captivating plot twists. I loved every second of it. Now, I finally made myself to read the sequel - and it was all because of Samm. Fragments has 576 pages!
It was kind of a... boring. One of my status updates while I had been reading was this: "And that's why I avoid male authors - you like to talk to much about completely unimportant stuff." I know it was a mean thing to say and Dan Wells doesn't deserve it, but I was frustrated with how long this book is and how little happens until the last 30%. (But also I totally blame it on Russian Realism - it made me hate reading for a while.) Now, what is common thing for Russian Realism and Fragments? Too many too long descriptions. They did help me to imagine how does post-apocalyptic world looks like in author's head, but I had a feeling like a lot of them were there just to fill space between the actual plot twists.
Then there is Kira... I loved her in the first novel, but here she was just boring. She, Heron and Samm are traveling across the destroyed countries looking for an answers - mostly traveling and talking in circles and not finding anything important. Samm wasn't that much important part of the story - main focus was on Kira's inner discussions.
What was different is that in the sequel we have two narrators - Kira and Marcus. He is our connection with East Meadow and what happens there. That part was far more interesting and I loved that Dan Wells decided to give us more detailed view in the lives of the secondary characters.
That ending killed me. Of course author decided to finish it at the most interesting part. Why did I think something else would be the case? Final instalment of Partials series - Ruins - should be published on March 11th next year. I have no idea what to expect or how it might end. I can't wait to read it.