Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fragments by Dan Wells

To read my review of the first book in this series, click here: Partials.


Title: Fragments (Partials Sequence #2)
Author: Dan Wells
Reviewer: Karen
Genre: YA Dystopian
Rating: Fabulous
Alerts/Warnings: Mild language
Premise: "With the Help of Samm and Heron, Kira sets out on a desperate search for clues as to who she is, while Marcus and the remaining human population gear up for war with the Paritals"(King County Library System).
Opinions: Once again Dan Wells sucked me into this world of post-Break Earth and the struggle between humans and partials. His storytelling makes it hard to put this book down. I was fascinated by how he envisions what the world would physically be like after a virus and wars kill off the majority of the population. The downstream effects are fascinating. I still think the overall story provides a fantastic basis for a discussion on ethics, moral choices, and right from wrong based on one's point of view. I can't wait to read Ruins to see how the story resolves itself.  This series is definitely a should read.

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron

To read my review of the first book in this series, click here: The Dark Unwinding.


Title: A Spark Unseen ( The Dark Unwinding #2)
Author: Sharon Cameron
Reviewer: Karen
Genre: YA Historical Mystery/Suspense/Steampunk
Rating: Like
Alerts/Warnings: None
Premise: "When Katharine Tulman foils an attempt to kidnap her Uncle Tully, she finds herself caught up in international intrigue. Aware that there are people who want to turn her uncle's mechanical fish into an explosive device, and unsure of who to trust, she decides to fake her uncle's death and flee to Paris in search of Lane Moreau, her uncle's assistant" (King County Library System).
Opinions: This was an intriguing follow-up to The Dark Unwinding. I love to see the courage and tenacity that Katharine displays. I love the faith that she has in someone everyone else has given up for dead. I admire her for being willing to do whatever it took to get the job done, in spite of social conventions of the time. The story was an interesting twist on espionage, historical propriety, with a touch of steampunk thrown in. I can't give too much away because I don't want to spoil the story. So you'll just have to read it.