Isolation (Partials Sequence 0.5)
Two decades before the events of Partials, the world was locked in a different battle for survival: a global war for the last remaining oil reserves on the planet. It was for the Isolation War that the American government contracted the ParaGen Corporation to manufacture the Partials—our last hope in reclaiming energy independence from China. And it was on these fields of...more
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"What I want you to do," said Heron softly , " is to think long and hard about this. You made us to kill and conquer, and we are doing it better than you ever anticipated. Far better than you could ever do yourselves. You are no match for us. Do not make us your enemy." She stared into the darkness and a wicked smile crept into the corners of her lips , "Confirm?"
Whatta badass babe.
Oh hell . I want Fragments So baaa...more
+ Heron knows what she is, the second strongest typ...more
This short story is set prior to the events in the novels, during the "Isolation War" -- a war between China and the NADI (North American Defense Initiative). It follows Heron, a partial Theta (or sp...more
The tale goes back and forth detailing the life of one partial over a four year period. We meet Heron while she is being created, trained and eventually set up as a spy for the United States Government. Wells explains how...more
This novella (as many end up doing) comes before book 1 even begins. There is no one from book one in this, so it's really its own short story....more
A prequel novella from Heron's POV, set about 20 years before the events of Partials. The story gives a bit of insight into the war that led to the Partials being created, how the Partials were created and used, what their relationship with humans were like and the beginnings of the Partials revolting against their creators.
The few parts I enjoyed were the background information given on the war, the psyche of the Partials and the different roles the Partials played. Unfortuantely I was...more
"Isolation" is a short prequel to "Partials." In "Partials" we vaguely heard about the Isolation War--a war the Partials (essentially genetically manufactured bodies) won for the humans. In "Isolation," we learn the details of that war, how the Partials won it and what consequences the win had that l...more
This takes place 60 years before the events in Partials. It explains how and why they were made. Heron is a Partial specifically engineered to be an assassin. She was made with the perfect body and to look Chinese since that is who she will infiltrate. She was grown in a tank and is 'born' a...more
I admit I might be a bit biased since this novella is set in Chin...more
If you're a Partials fan and haven't read Isolation, I would absolutely recommend it. The back story provided is amazing--what we learned from Kira that she'd been told about the Partials' creation and the hazy references to The Isolation War pales in comparison to watching an actual Partial narrator experience her birth, training, and finally the war itself.
Heron is a fascinating narrator. From her perspective, the folly of humans in considering the Partial race machines is blatant, even when H...more
I wouldn't recommend reading this first... I don't think it would have the same effect.
Great story though!!
If you read and liked Patrials you really should read this
Think this is an excellent addition to the world building, and it gave more insight to the Isolation War and off course more understanding why the Patials are such magnificent warrior and a hint of why they in the end rebelled against their makers, which by the way totally makes sense (the scenes in the shower really made my stomach turn).
I would recommend that you at least read the first book before this, becau...more
Heron is a Partial, a human hybrid super soldier. She is designed for espionage, and is trained to infiltrate and blend in with the humans. I was a bit unsure, when I first met her in Fragments, and then again in Ruins, if I liked her or not. This short story allowed me to get to know and understand her better.
Any war, in my opinion, is a terrible waste. M...more
One of the things I missed in Partial was explanation about the Isolation War and this novella gives that missing piece of information. I love world building and everything that gives me more anshwers and world building is great. This novella focusses not only on the Isolation War, but also on the Partials. It is told from the point of view of a Partial and it was...more
Z prvního dílu série, Partials, jsem byla náramně nadšená. Není to ovšem kniha pro každého. Víc si ji nejspíš užijí kluci, než holky. Přece jenom je autor sám chlap a i samotnou knihu tak pojal. Je v ní geniálně popsáno bojiště, až cítíte, že vám okolo hlavy sviští nějaká ta kulka a vy se spolu s hlavními hrdiny krčíte pod přímou palbou. Při čtení jsem alespoň já měla takový pocit. Stejně tak měl krásně propracovanou biologickou část hledání protiléku na neznámý vir. To jsou věci, které dívky př...more
Heron’s story was super interesting. We get background on why and how the Partials were created. I really enjoyed experiencing a Partial’s “birth” from their perspective, as well as the social, emotional and physical developmental processes. It was pretty fascinating and well-written. Heron had issues with being “different” from her counterparts because she was a special Partial, who would be sent on a special mission. However, she was developed with no empathy and...more
This story makes you realize how heartless humans can be....and how weak they become when they want to conquer something. Human ambition is too complex to describe, even more...more
The birth / training scenes provide some fascinating background knowledge and eventually insight into ho...more
In Isolation we get an insight into the life of one Partial we already met, Heron. She's an espionage Partial, created without an empathy package. It immediately becomes clear though that even though she's bred inside a vat, Heron is more human than her dev...more
By Dan Wells
A Review by Eric Allen
A few months after he released Partials, which I loved, and a few months before he released Fragments which I loved even more, Dan Wells released an E-book novella called Isolation. This is a brief sequence giving the back story for the character Heron, who played a major role in the second book. This book is almost too short to even really call a novella. It's more like a short story, or, more likely, a deleted sequence from Fragments that just didn'...more