Ruins by Dan Wells
Series: Partials Sequence #3
Published by Balzer & Bray on March 11th 2014
Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence, a series that combines the thrilling action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Blade Runner and The Stand.
There is no avoiding it—the war to decide the fate of both humans and Partials is at hand. Both sides hold in their possession a weapon that could destroy the other, and Kira Walker has precious little time to prevent that from happening. She has one chance to save both species and the world with them, but it will only come at great personal cost.
Ruins was a great read, no scratch that, it was awesome and I just fell in love with Dan Well’s style all over again. I love the humour laced within the dialogue and the depth within every single part of the story. His books, the Partials Sequence, signify everything I love about reading and about dystopia.
When Fragments ended, I was left with tons of questions, and if I’m honest, I didn’t really have any idea where the story was going. Ruins carried some pretty major twists! Some of which I saw coming, and others I didn’t see coming at all. As my questions got answered one at a time, I was on the edge of my seat down to the very last chapters.
While the focus is still mostly on Kira, the major different with Ruins and the other books in this series is that it is told from lots of perspectives. The perspective is switched a lot, it switches to include all the different groups and physical locations. At some point the narrative is passed on to a different person almost every chapter. This normally doesn’t do much for me, besides confuse me. But it was such a big part of the story because communication was all about impossible, so the shifting perspective was the ultimate way to know what was going on with everybody. It adds to the complete chaos and the suspense of the world Dan Wells created, as well does it give us a better insight to the secondary characters and how much they’ve developed.
The depth I mentioned above is linked to the need to survive. What is justified when you’re trying to stay alive? What is allowed when you’re desperately trying to survive? How does it effect humanity and morality? In Ruins the people have been in survival mode for so long that instinct rules out mostly everything. Shoot first, ask questions later so to speak. When our characters try to change this, and try to make people stop and listen to each other, they are met with resistance all the way. I don’t know if I am explaining this the right way, but the depth is just out of this world, and one of the things that Dan Wells nails every single time!
The romance that presented itself in Fragments is still subtle. Actually, it’s barely there. Which is absolutely perfect for a story like this, it just works. There’s so much adventure, action, and survival that there’s rarely time for romance. But when it makes an appearance, I appreciated every moment of tenderness. Perfect!
Kira is still Kira. Badass, smart, and though she is faced with some doubts about who she is and what her place is supposed to be in this world, she still knows how to kick some serious butt! One of my favourite main characters for sure.
This book, or really this series, is intense. Which is what’s so great about it. It is in my top 10 books of all times, and if you haven’t read it yet, I highly suggest you pick up Partials! I promise you you’re in for a great ride (and you can read all three books in order without any time waiting for it to release a year later!).
Fragments by Dan Wells
Series: Partials Sequence #2
Published by Balzer & Bray on February 26th 2013
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.
I have to tell you that sequels give me somewhat of a mixed feeling. They make me feel both excited and nervous. Very nervous because some don’t live up to your expectations and will leave you really disappointed, wishing you’d never read the book in the first place. Sequels really make or break a book . So lets start with a big round of applause for Dan Wells, because Fragments is EPIC!
The story alternates between different point of views and you get to know a whole new side to the Partials. We even read some chapters in Samm’s perspective, who has quite some trouble expressing his thoughts and emotions, this makes his interactions with Kira so much more interesting. I just fell in love with Samm.
The plotline is just full of surprises. You think you know what is going to happen, and then something happens that leaves you like a gaping fish, staring open-mouthed at the book like a complete idiot wondering what the hell just happened? *points an accusing finger towards the last pages of the book*
The romance that was lacking in the first book makes a subtle appearance in the sequel. The sweet gestures and words are building and totally swoon worthy. They grow together and because it builds slowly it is realistic. No insta-love, no unrealistic magic love thing happening, just understanding and connection that builds until it slowly grows in something beautiful.
The last thing I wish to say about this sequel is something I mentioned before *the accusing finger pointing at the ending* because that ending I loved and hated simultaneously. There was the one moment that I thought “FINALLY! This is what I have been waiting for!!!” and then the next moment I was like “Wait? What just happened! No… You got to be kidding me!!”
At the moment I am seriously considering what bribing I have to do in order to get myself a copy of Ruins. *smiles and waves at Dan Wells* I know some people already received and ARC and I need one badly, because that cliff-hanger that Fragments ended with is just so unfair! (and very bad for my health I might add *winks*)
Partials by Dan Wells
Series: Partials Sequence #1
Published by Balzer & Bray on February 28th 2012
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The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.
Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.
“Happiness is the most natural thing in the world when you have it, and the slowest, strangest, most impossible thing when you don’t. It’s like learning a foreign language: You can think about the words all you want, but you’ll never be able to speak it until you suck up your courage and say them out loud.”
I’ve never been this wet in my life, ” said Kira. “Even immersed in a bathtub I swear I was dryer than I am now. ” “Look on the bright side, ” said Marcus. Kira waited. “This is the point at which you would traditionally suggest a bright side. ” “I’ve never been a real traditional guy,” said Marcus. “Besides, I’m not saying I know a bright side, I just think this would be a great time to look at one.”
I bought this book because I had read something about it on the EpicReads blog. I absolutely love that blog and since they were really exited about the sequel of this book coming out on february 26th I just had to buy it. And I have to say, once I started reading I was absolutely hooked!
I have to start with Kira here, because she is an excellent protagonist. She’s determined and the pure dedication to her cause is all consuming throughout the entire novel. She’s a strong heroine, who is training to be a medic in a world that literally is dying. While reading I wanted her to succeed so badly that it truly became a top priority of mine to finish this book. Kira is passionate, confident, and outspoken. Traits that made it really easy for me to connect with her, also traits that make her such a great and one of my favourite protagonists!
When Samm, the partial Kira manages to capture, makes an appearance: that’s when it gets interesting. I’m so not going to say anything else about that because I’ll spoil the entire book for others that still want to read it.
One thing that stood out to me immediately was the lack of a romantic plot. Sure, the protagonist has a boyfriend, but her dedication to her cause, saving the world, comes first. I also have to be honest here, because I did see something blooming as the story progressed, but still I don’t think I have ever read a dystopian novel that was lacking in the romance department. I do enjoy some romance in the books I read, but surprisingly I didn’t miss it at all.
Before reading, boy did I dread the scientific aspect in this book… On the EpicReads blog it said that it was somewhat of a scientific novel. Well, Let me tell you one thing science and me are not good friends. Its no secret that I dropped the class the moment it was possible. Surprisingly the scientific aspect took this book to a whole new level! It makes the book even more interesting in my opinion. You actually get to know what is happening inside our bodies and how the virus works. It makes the world portrayed more realistic and more terrifying at the same time.
This book was just so damn good! I loved every aspect of it and it jumped right on top of my favourite books list! Great characters, great plot, and frankly great everything!