I’m tending to do a lot of my reading on weekends nowadays, when I have time to really sit down with a book for a 3-4 hour stretch.  There’s nothing better than finding a quality book and sitting for a few hours with a hot cup of tea (yes, even in the summer) and plowing through 200+ pages of a good book.

Anyway, I recently picked up Fragments, the second book in Dan Wells’ Partials trilogy.  I really enjoyed the first book, and I had high hopes for this one, so on with the review.

Book StatsFragments

564 pages

Science Fiction

Sequel to Partials


The primary characters from the first book are all back, although they’re separated for larger parts of this book when compared to the first book.  It’s been a while since I read the first book, but I thought that the characters behaved similarly to how they did in the first book.  There’s a little growth from the characters, but this book focuses more on the overall story than on character growth.


Still in the post-apocalyptic world of the same book, but while the first book is primarily in New York, this book involves some travel out towards Chicago and Denver.


Fragments picks up where Partials left off, with Kira trying to find a cure for RM while also trying to find a way to figure out the problem of the Partial’s expiration date.  This leads her to explore some older buildings outside of the settlement of survivors in New York.  While there, she comes across Afa Demoux, a former IT manager who worked for Paragen – the company that created the Partials.  This leads her on a quest to Chicago to try and find the computers which originally held the data files for Paragen.


The biggest part of what I enjoyed about the first book is how the plot played out.  Basically it came across as a futuristic SciFi episode of House.  There is a little bit of that in this book, but it doesn’t show up until the last 120 or so pages of the book.  The first 3/4 of the book is largely a travelogue, and it doesn’t work as well as the medical mystery.  Even though the travelogue takes up most of the book, it’s still a quick read.  This book kind of suffers from second-book-syndrome.  It’s not as good as the first book, but it’s necessary to set up the third book and promises a big conclusion to the story.

Overall Grade

The last quarter of the book was by far the strongest part, and I’m looking forward to picking up the third book when it comes out.


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