“Fragments (Partials #2)” by Dan Wells
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
-It was a very middle of the series book. It was a big book but most of the big developments didn’t happen until the last ~100 pages or so. That’s a LONG 400 pages to read before things get really interesting.
-Despite how slow going the book was, the big developments are really interesting. I didn’t see them coming and I can’t wait to see how things go in the in next installment.
-I loved the moral gray areas in the book. It’s an interesting take on racism (species-ism?) and the decisions that need to be made aren’t easy ones. I know when reading I’d think about I would do in their situations but things would quickly change as we find out more information. You don’t know who the good or bad guys are. You’re not quite sure who you want to win. That always makes for interesting reading.
-I’m not sure if I was a fan of the different perspectives. It did help because there were a lot of storylines going on and it filled in information we needed. On the other hand, it made for some choppy reading and I was constantly getting annoyed about being taken away from a storyline.
The bottom line? Slow going but the last bit of the book makes the book worth reading.