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Missing Pieces

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  310 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Your family is the most important part of your life. Your families are the people you love, and love is what separates us from scoundrels and criminals. It maintains order. Your parents, your sibling, and your Partner, are the ones you love. There should never, ever, be anyone else who comes close to that bond. You have only one best friend, and that is the person you’ll ...more
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Published March 3rd 2015 by Omnific Publishing
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Laura Salters
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think it's pretty telling that I'm currently sitting in an airport sobbing my heart out. Oh Tracy and Piren <3

Okay so this book is officially categorised as an NA dystopian, but I think it's so much more than that, and because it's set over twenty years of the main characters' lives, for a while it feels quite YA. It could definitely be seen as a YA/NA crossover, because there's not much sex or foul language like your typical NA contemporary romance.

And also, even though it's technically
Annika Sharma
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book and I am still reeling from all of it.

Meredith Tate knows how to tell a story. The build-up between the two characters, Tracy and Piren, is believable, funny and best of all, totally natural. It brings back memories of falling for your best friend and captures every tiny thing about figuring out you like someone. Yet the complications and the problems with the society where your Partner is Assigned is also believable, making the panic that much more real when
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“Many years ago broken families overwhelmed us. Kids like you didn’t have stable homes, because without a married mother and father, kids can’t thrive—it’s impossible. Between soaring high school dropout rates, teen pregnancy, homosexuality, and rising juvenile crimes, the government had to act. Something had to be done to ensure kids grew up in healthy homes to prevent these travesties. Thus, mandated Partners were created. With a perfect Partner already decided, things
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tracy Bailey has never been shy about speaking her mind and in the world that she lives in that can be dangerous. Everyone is paired off at the tender age of six. Partners are chosen by an all-knowing computer for the betterment of society – no disease, no divorce and no way out. For Trace, it’s all just a cruel joke because her heart has always belonged to her best friend, Piren.

Piren has always been her shelter in the storm. Their childhood adventures have now taken an unexpected turn and she
Amanda Heger
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Think Ally Condie's MATCHED meets Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT with a pinch of something totally unique and compelling. The plot had me turning pages all weekend--especially that ending which was NOT what I expected. I liked that the world Tate built was accessible and close to our current society, but the things she twisted and changed made it so very interesting.

This book has been labeled New Adult, but in my opinion it's more of a Young Adult/New Adult crossover. It will really appeal to YA
Kate Mary
“Love is not a light switch you can flip on and off as you please. It’s not something you can manufacture or create. It’s not a decision you can make. You can’t destroy it with a law, or beat it out with fists. It swarms you when you least expect it, and grabs hold of you.”

Tracy Bailey and Piren Allston live in world where they are told who to love. At the age of six, children are assigned a Partner based on genetic codes, ensuring that they will produce the strongest offspring possible. Best
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Meredith Tate is a masterful storyteller. In her character driven New Adult Dystopian , MISSING PIECES spans ten years in the lives of two best friends, Tracy Bailey and Piren Allston, whose friendship pushes society's boundaries of what it means to love. Think Ally Condie's MATCHED and Lauren Oliver's DELIRIUM. But, where Condie's and Oliver's worlds focus on exposing the government's short-comings and bringing them to heal, Tate's world is character-centric. Each character is bound by the laws ...more
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immoveable object? I'll tell you what happened my heart crumbled under the sheer magnitude of the unstoppable force that is Missing Pieces.

This is my first time writing a review on goodreads but I just couldn't help myself. I love, love, loved this book. It was everything that I hope for in a book and I can easily say it is now one of my favourite books.

This book made me laugh out loud, cry with outrage and Love characters wholeheartedly. I was
Sophia Henry
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya, new-adult, 2015
*** I received an ARC in return for an honest review ***

I loved this book. So intense. So emotional. The characters stayed with me for days - weeks (seriously, I still think about them). I love YA/NA dystopian fiction. MISSING PIECES simultaneously fits into the dystopian mold, but also breaks it! It doesn't follow the traditional "rules" I've seen in other dystopians I've read. MISSING PIECES focuses on the people--the products of the environment they were born into and how they deal, as humans
Riley Conradt
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I started this book it seem a lot like the book Matched by Ally Condie. I was really hoping it wasn't because I have read that book so many times it's super boring now. When I actually got into it I realized this book was everything that Matched was not. It fixed everything I didn't like about Matched and made basically wrapped up that whole trilogy into one amazing book.

The book starts off with Piren and Tracy at age 14. This was really big for me because I'm currently that age and it
Ara Grigorian
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*** I received an ARC in return for an honest review ***

If more dystopians were like MISSING PIECES, the genre would still thrive and no one would complain about too much dystopian. Because there’s no such thing as too much great storytelling. And Meredith Tate delivers a page turner of a story.

Let me be clear: debut author, Meredith Tate, remains true to fans of the genre while keeping it fresh and not relying on overused approaches. She has breathed life into a genre that has suffered in the
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I can honestly say, I have never read a book in this genre before. In fact I didn’t even know what dystopian meant, I had to ask!!

Anyhoo, it was a bit futuristic. It reminded me of the film Minority Report. This book was where people’s lives are mapped out before they are even born, matching genetically similar people together to ensure the strongest offspring. They lived almost by a timetable where they would be introduced to their match at a certain age and married at a certain age etc. That’s
Molly Dean
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MISSING PIECES is a heartfelt dystopian romance that takes place over the course of ten years.
Tracy and Piren have been best friends since childhood, and have the stories, inside jokes, and secret hideout to prove it. As they get older, their relationship deepens, and they begin to have romantic feelings for one another. The problem is that, in their society, people are assigned Partners at a young age. Anyone who dares fall in love with a non-Partner is doomed to Banishment in the sinister
Kay Blake
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have never read a dystopian romance before, but I was very intrigued from the very first page. I was introduced to Trace and Piren. Their relationship is very natural and easygoing and I was drawn to them both. They had a genuine friendship and I felt they were both very relatable. They had qualities of very well rounded characters and though they were in a situation that made their friendship “forbidden” they still made the best out of it.

The place they lived in was very strange to me, but I
Tiffany Lam
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm definitely impressed by this book. It offered a different angle of dystopian society that I think authors like Suzanne Collins and Ally Condie haven't touched upon in their respective books. Rather than a trilogy about overthrowing the system, Tate's book focusses more on two individuals and their physical and emotional journeys. The emotions are real, raw and honest, and the gradual passing of time makes it so that the characters and their relationships develop in a natural and unstrained ...more
5 stars!

Really digging this dystopian novel. And I thought the friendship between the 2 main characters while at times was hard because of the society they were in, was just something else :) trace was hilarious and strong and I'm so happy with how this book ended. I just wish that there was an epilogue to catch up with everything down the road (or another book hehe) great read!
Barbara Hemingway
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book!!!! I was hooked right from the beginning and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. The characters are intriguing and I found myself thinking about them throughout the day. I don't have much time in my day to read, but I started ignoring other things I had to do to find time to read Missing Pieces!!! I highly recommend this book!!!!!
Angela Caldwell
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This one broke my heart into pieces. The ending twisted and turned so much I wanted to scream, but the kids were in the room. LOL
If you like a thoughtful reflective story about relationships, MISSING PIECES is for you.
WOW! 5 AMAZING STARS. It's funny, cute and heartbreaking. This book kept me captivated from the beginning to the end. I want to read more books from Meredith Tate.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Missing Pieces is the story of best friends, Piren Allston and Trace Bailey. The two meet in childhood, and their strong bond to one another forms almost immediately. They spend as much of their free time together as possible and quickly achieve an intimacy that even children recognize as a once in a lifetime kind of event.

“From the moment we happened upon the treehouse, it became our sanctuary, our pirate ship, our castle, our hideaway, our place. We visited it every day after school.

Trace and
Alexis Carr
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A refreshing, quick-paced, witty, and moving work by new author Meredith Tate. With relate-able characters and a plot that draws you in from page one, it's a page-turner that's nearly impossible to put down. Throughout the book I found myself connecting with both main characters and some of the sub-characters on various levels, which made the journey and ending both heartbreaking and heartwarming, bittersweet and contenting. Congrats on a wonderful début!
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Missing Pieces" was an excellent read! My eyes were glued to the page until the very end. It's an emotional roller coaster, but worth every tear and smile. I recommend this book to everyone. I can't wait to see what else Meredith Tate has in store!
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Aside from some language, this was a phenomenal book. I absolutely couldn't put it down! Can't wait to see what else comes from this author.
Paige Donaldson
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The general story of this book would normally be classified as a "classic love story" to me. love stories always seem the same to me. the main characters grow up together and realize they aren't "just best friends". That they can't imagine their lives without each other. blah blah.
but then you add in the fact that these characters have been betrothed to other people since they were toddlers. In this world, a lab "assigns" couples based on the characteristics of their parents. in this world,
Tegan Wren
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm one of those people who doesn't care about a book's genre. I just love great stories. File this book under the "great stories" tab and forget its genre. It beautifully blends dystopian, romance, and coming-of-age elements in a way that makes this book an intense, enjoyable ride.

I loved Trace and Piren. Trace had real moxie, and I appreciated her sense of humor. (She does use strong language from time to time, but for me, it was completely appropriate to her character and didn't bother me in
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Maybe our scars aren’t the kinds that run down your face; maybe our scars are the kinds that form on the inside."

Tracy Bailey and Piren Allston were assigned "Partners" at the age of six, and from there everything went downhill. In a society that dictates who you can love and who you're destined to be with, Tracy and Piren's friendship isn't something anyone approves of. But when following your heart means ridicule for your family and Banishment from everything you know, is falling in love a

Trace was funny, corageous and true to herself ... and in a world where everyone are sheep (they follow the norm), that's not easy... she was awesome, I loved her character.

The story was beautiful, sad, and wonderful... a bit distopian, but not the "let's revolt and get on a war to bring the goverment down and change things" type ... more like "lets fight for our love, for being together" type.

I loved that the story was told in parts, along the years, since they were 6
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely outstanding! Tate pulls you in right away with her vivid, relatable characters and keeps you guessing until the very end. Her work is powerful and emotionally moving - I found myself worrying about Trace and Piren hours after putting the book down each night. By the middle of the book, I had to know how the story ended, and I spent the next 3 hours immersed in Missing Pieces.

To call this book either dystopian or romance is inaccurate and insufficient. It is a poignant mix of the two,
Rumer Haven
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: omnific
Such a well-written dystopian tale and quite original (and refreshing) for the romance genre. It harkens Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, developing the characters' internal and external conflicts with impressive complexity so that it's much more than just two lovers rebelling against society to be together. Tracy and Piren's love for each other may be apparent to the reader from the beginning, yet the author demonstrates great patience and insight in how gradually these characters realize it ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have yet to stop thinking about this book. From start to finish, I was in awe about the storyline. The fact that two people were betrothed at the age of 6 and had to spend their WHOLE lives together made my mind run wild.
I started this book with utter excitement and I was not disappointed in the least. The beginning hooked me, and I was in for the ride. I have read many romantic books and I find that they are all the same, but Missing Pieces is a book of its own. Meredith Tate has stood out
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Meredith Tate grew up in Concord, New Hampshire, where she discovered Harry Potter and subsequently fell in love with the many worlds of science fiction and fantasy. In college, Meredith began writing her first novel, which is now in a drawer somewhere where it belongs. Pursuing her love of travel, Meredith spent a semester in London and then backpacked in Europe for a month before earning her ...more
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