Dan Wells’s interesting take on the apocalyptic genre looks at a lot of the political and social issues that would come up. A different treatment from The Walking Dead (the other dystopia I’m reading), but still valid in its own way.
I’ll share a quote I particularly liked:
“We’re facing the extinction of our species…that comes before everything else—before kindness, before morality, before law. Things you would never have done twelve years ago aren’t just acceptable now, they’re required. They’re a moral imperative. I will kill a hundred [traitors] before I let the Partials win. I’ll kill a thousand.”
Fragments delves deeper into the nature and treatment of the Partials, and the resulting implications. A lot is revealed by the end, but it still has tons of momentum for book 3!
As a small aside, I really like Dan Wells as a teacher of writing. Check out his Writing Excuses podcast, and his presentation on 7 part story structure. He also gave the best workshop at VCON on how to scare readers.
This is a silly little thing (but it affects me more than I like to admit). The type, layout, and binding of this book were perfect. It was the ideal hardcover reading experience.
The only thing that I didn’t like about Fragments was that there was a bit too much telling instead of showing when it came to emotions. It was very YA-like in that regard. There were emotions I was supposed to feel that I just wasn’t emotionally invested enough to feel.