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 ...more
I have read Partials and I really really loved it so when I saw that there was a novella to this series too I was very eager to read it.
THE WORLD: This novella is actually a prequel so it is still based in the normal world before the Partial War. In other words, America is at war with China and therefore created partials to win the war. Mainly here we get to follow our main character in China as well as in her partial training facility.
CHARACTERS: Heron is the ...more
+ Heron knows what she is, the second strongest ...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
8 out of 10
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This book gave me the answers to all my whats and whys I had after reading "Partials".
And now I know for what were women among the bio-soldiers, why robots are so conscious and human-like. Now is clear why people and not-people had started to fight, what the Isolation War is, and what happened with world we used to live in.
Do you know who helped me with that? Heron. I never thought I would love to spend around 70 pages with her only, but here I ...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 ...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 ...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
I admit I might be a bit biased since this novella is set in ...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 ...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 ...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' ...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...more
It really looks at where technological innovations, experiments and biological engineering can lead us. That's something I really enjoyed about this series and that theme is explored here.
It looks at the beginning and training of one of the created soldiers (called Partials ) and how she became the soldier we meet later on on the series.
I liked this character and it was interesting to ...more
Isolation lets us she another side to her, and gives some background information into why Heron acts like she does, being more human than other partials. I think if I had read this before I started this series, I may have liked Heron more than I did. This isn't really an essential read for the ...more
Kira Walker, you'll ...more
I wouldn't recommend reading this first... I don't think it would have the same effect.
Great story though!!
If you like The Partials Sequence then you should read this. It was way cool to learn a little of the back story. This is about The Isolation War. The war that started it all or ended it, whichever you prefer. This is told from Partial Mei's pov. There is alternating chapters between the war and Mei's inception, plus training.
Getting to understand Heron and knowing the events that made her the person she is is really interesting.
I read Isolation after having finished Ruins and I recommend to do it that way. But I guess you can read it after Fragments too.
Isolation is a short story about the Isolation War the Partials fought in. It is about Heron and alternates between the war and her birth and training. It's a wonderful look at what the Partials experienced from the time they were born.