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I liked Partials enough to download Fragments as soon as I'd finished it. I liked Fragments enough to almost wish I hadn't
, dooming myself to a long wait for the third book.
Any reservations I may have had over Partials's plot were simply swept away by my enjoyment of Fragments. The story pays off the promise of Partials, showing us with greater depth and breadth the world we'd gotten only tiny glimpses of before. We have open warfare, an epic cross-country journey and some really tough choices to be made. All the while, our characters are having to grow up and fill roles they'd never expected to fall to them. And the lengths to which our heroes must go get a little more drawn out the farther they go, particularly when they are confronted with the choices others have made to save their side in the war.
Julia Whelan's performance continues to impress, improving if anything since Partials came out last year. The advent of multiple points of view means we're in other characters' heads, and the narration helps give life to the thoughts of various characters, doing particularly well I thought with Marcus's snarky fatalism.
Whereas Partials introduced the players in broad strokes and showed them making their tentative first moves, Fragments is all about setting up the sides' endgame plays. If we're lucky, the third book will give us something really spectacular.
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The moment I started Fragments, I was immediately immersed back into the world that Dan Wells created. This series is so awesome! I’m dying to get my hands on the last book in the trilogy! A year is just way too far away.
Even though I was happy that we get to follow along in Kira’s POV (so we know what the heck she’s doing after the way Partials ended), I was even more thrilled that we got a lot of the book from the POV of Marcus. Kira’s story is very important to the trilogy because it’s a huge link to everything, but I felt like Marcus’ story moved along a lot faster and kept the story entertaining. Don’t get me wrong, Kira’s story is very entertaining, but there was a lot of traveling, investigating and hiccups along the way in all of her parts, so it didn’t move as fast as what was going on with Marcus. I do have to admit that some of the craziest scenes in the book are still with Kira, but one of the suckiest scenes is with Kira as well. I could hardly believe that Dan Wells would even go there. It was actually quite cruel! So, basically, the whole book was pretty phenomenal.
One of the things I love most about these books are the intense action scenes and discovering how complicated the world has become. But what I love most about this book is that a lot of the loose ends about what truly happened to the world start to tie together, and it’s actually crazily insane. You’re left wondering what the heck the humans were thinking when they made all these crazy decisions.
There is a twist that is revealed pretty close to the end of the book that I actually figured out pretty early on, but it was still a shock to see that it was true. And how it all happened is pretty crazy in itself.
So enough about talking in riddles. The way Fragments ended is set in a way that is blatantly obvious that the last book in the trilogy is going to be awesome! I can hardly wait to experience it too!
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An excellent trilogy which does not stop being exciting and adventurous. Even though it is the second book in the series, it is just as gripping as the first (if not more so).
Would you consider the audio edition of Fragments to be better than the print version?
As I have only listened to these books on Audible I cannot comment.
What did you like best about this story?
After the first book I couldn't see how this book was going to continue the storyline from book 1 Partials ... Oh I didn't need to worry it got better and better with more twists and more turns.
You meet new characters and learn more about the different characters you met in book one.
I love the strong female roles in these books not to mention the determination of Keira Walker.
What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
As in the first book Julia Whelan brings a delightfully clear reading voice with the just the right amount of feelings.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Oh yes I had to set an alarm as I relaxed and became totally immersed in this book.
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I hadn't read or listened to any books quite like this before apart from Partials book one and I'm loving them.
I'm off to get book three!
Captivating sci-fi, action. Really solid characters, a great sequel. Can't say any more. I really recommend this book.
couldn't stop listening and listened at every spare minute I could.. love love love ♡♡♡