Isolation (Partials Sequence 0.5)
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
+ Heron knows what she is, the second strongest typ...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
"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
I admit I might be a bit biased since this novella is set in Chin...more
"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
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
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
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
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
I think this prequel would make little to no sense to anyone who hasn't read the first book of the series. Sure, it's set during a war that takes place years earlier, but the point of view is from a Partial. Heron, to be exact. It goes through her birth, her training, her infiltration of the Chinese war effort and her feelings about her inevitable betrayal.
It was a fascinating read. Short, but engrossing. Dan Well's writing style always suc...more
The story which took place a few decades before the Partials war and the RM virus release in the first story moved every other chapter into flashbacks that followed Heron from her first moments all the way through her first mission that led to being in the thick...more
I would highly recommend reading Partials before this prequel. I can imagine I would not have liked it...more
If you enjoyed Partials, this is an int...more
I read this right before reading Fragments, hoping it would get...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
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.
It is a prequel and can be read alon...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
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
The birth / training scenes provide some fascinating background knowledge and eventually insight into ho...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
And yet it wasn't bad at all. Though revealing nothing special about the plot or the Partials, it did give you a look into their feelings and how they grew up (though they don't technically grow). It allows you to see the way the...more
isolation really takes you back to the time before RM, and really gives a feel for the history of partials. I loved it!
i just wish samm had been in it, haha ;)