Friday, 11 December 2015

Audiobook Review: Fragments [Partials Sequence #2] by Dan Wells

Title: Fragments
Author: Dan Wells
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Narrator: Julia Whelan
Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult
Series: Partials Sequence #2
Source: Purchased by myself
Publisher: HarperAudio
Running Time: 16 hours, 20 minutes
Publication Date: 26th February 2013
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
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.

My Thoughts
I've had Fragments waiting to be read for a while, and it just continuously got pushed back to the end of the reading queue. I eventually gave up trying to read it and chose to pick up the audiobook with my credits, which would mean I wouldn't have to sacrifice a book to read this, and I can listen to this one the go.

The Plot
Fragments picks up a few months after Partials. Kira is off by herself, trying to find the cure to save humans and Partials, but also trying to find out more about herself and where she comes from. The group has been divided, with Marcus at home trying to continue his life on Long Island, but thier so called peace is quickly shattered with a Partial invasion, with one intention only, they want Kira. Samm also has his own path to walk before being reunited with Kira, and bringing Heron for company. Together, with the human, Afa, this odd travelling group must travel across the wastelands in order to find the answers they seek.

Fragments was just a good as Partials, but this time we are given even more questions and mysteries. I really love how the author kept me guessing over what was going to happen, and would they ever find what they needed. There were a lot of shock revelations that I really did not see coming, and I was left quite speechless when they were made. Heron may not be my favourite person in this world, but I do like her spunkyness and attitude towards Kira, I feel like it's what keeps Kira going sometimes, reigniting the spark of anger giving her that little push she needs to get her head sorted. Samm was someone who is slowly learning what it means to be human, but he has a few awkward moments along the way which were embarrassing for him, but hilarious for me. There was one moment towards the middle of the book that shocked me, I think in the back of my mind I knew it was going to happen eventually, I just didn't expect it there and then. The way this event was written in to the book also made the event even more shocking, just a normal sentence and then, bamm!!!, you are hit with the news. I had to rewind to make sure I heard it correctly, and once the shock wore off the tears came.

Fragments may have taken me a while to get around to reading, but once I started I found it hard to put it down. It also made me happy that I didn't have to wait for ages for the next book as it's already out.

The Narrator
Julia Whelan is the narrator for this audiobook, and I do like how she portrays the characters. I think some had voices that were too similar in tone, but as they were with different groups it wasn't too hard to figure out who was who. Julia does a great job of adding to the tension, but also making other moments funny, or more real

Final Verdict
Fragments is my favourite book so far out of the series and I am really looking forward to seeing how it all ends.

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