Burn Bright Book Club: Fragment by Dan Wells


Wells_PARTIALSBel:

Cover

In the same vein as Partials, we have teenage backs. This time one female one male looking out over a cityscape and a large body of water in the foreground.

Characters

Dan hasn’t failed to amaze me with the depth of his characters. Their growth and the authenticity of their reactions make this an eerily spot on representation of how I imagine people would be like in this type of situation.

Favourite

Toss up between Kira and Samm. Just awesome.

Least Favourite

Dr. Morgan. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and no truer phrase has ever described a character.

Beginning

We pick up from the end on Partials (duh) Kira is out searching for a way to save both species, human and partial alike.

Storyline

There’s a reunion between Kira and Samm and they have to go to hell and back.

Ending

Not telling.

Thoughts

If I didn’t need to sleep I would have ripped through this one as quickly as I did Partials. I LOVED this one even more so because it forces you to think about why certain decisions may be difficult in the short term, but really, what would you do for the greater good, and can the term ‘at any cost’ really apply in your life? We’re again being asked to analyse our moral compass.

The only poopie thing about this being a brand new book and having read it so quickly, is I now have most likely a year or more to wait to find out what happens next. ARRRGGHH!!

Quote

Sometimes a vote of confidence can be the most nerve-racking thing in the world” Kira

Wells_fragmentsKrista:

Cover

I think the covers represent the stories well in this series. As Samm and Kira and their travels into the cities are the main focus of this story, them looking off into the distance is a perfect representation for this story.

Characters

We mostly follow the story of Kira and Samm, but at times break off to what is happening in other towns and parts of the partial war that has begun on Long Island. The story is told from different perspectives to get both sides of the story, but the majority is still from Kira but the other from Marcus, back home on the Island.

Favourite

Kira is my favorite character. I love how determined and smart she is. She is always putting the lives and betterment of other people above her own needs and questions everything. Deciding answers for herself.

Least Favourite

I have to agree with Belinda on this one, Dr Morgan. Of course the villain of the book, the one we love to hate and hopefully in the end will get what’s coming to her.

Beginning

We find that Kira has left the island in search for information about the Trust, the people who invented, made the partials in her search for the cure. Back on the island, the Partials leader is searching for Kira and the war begins, as the people begin to form groups and get ready for war.

Storyline

Kira and Sam are on the search for the Trust. They must find the inventors or information on how the partials and the company ParaGen so they can find the cure that is causing them to die. Also the cure for reason the humans are not reproducing. Time is running out before both populations will die off.They travel from New York to Denver in search of information and in danger of getting captured any minute. The alert has gone out for Kira and everybody is looking for her.

Ending

Not quite a cliffhanger, but this one leaves us in a pretty intense moment. With so many questions left still to be answered. I’m seeing that the next book is going to be full of action, and answers.

Thoughts

I didn’t end up loving this book as much as I did Partials.. A lot of information is given to us in this one, but it’s spread out and this is a rather large book. So it took some time to get through. Not as many action scenes to break up the traveling and amount of information that we are given. I think that the Partials series is very unique with a blend of science fiction, survival story that really gets you thinking. I can see that the next book in the series will answers a lot of the questions that are still up in the air. As well as a lot of action and hopefully some adventure with the war that has begun.

Quote

“It’s not enough, is it? Just to follow; just to have faith in someone bigger and smarter and better informed. That’s how we’re built, that’s how every Partial is wired – to follow orders and trust in our leaders – but it’s not enough. It never has been. We’ve followed our leaders, and sometimes they win and sometimes they lose; we do what they say and we play our part. But this is our decision. Our mission. And when we’re done, it will be our victory, or our defeat. I don’t want to fail, but if I do, I want to be able to look back and say, ‘I did that. I failed. That was all me.”


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