Isolation (Partials)

Synopsis:

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 battle that the seeds of humanity’s eventual destruction were sown.

Isolation takes us back to the front lines of this war, a time when mankind’s ambition far outstripped its foresight. Heron, a newly trained Partial soldier who specializes in infiltration, is sent on a mission deep behind enemy lines. What she discovers there has far-reaching implications—not only for the Isolation War, but for Partials and humans alike long after this war is over.

A powerful take of our world on the brink, Isolation gives readers a glimpse into the history from which Partials was born—as well as clues to where the Partials Sequence is heading next.


The Phoenix’s Perspective

The purpose of a novella is to provide a different perspective – new insights – on a book series.  Usually, I am sorely disappointed. The last few that I have read did not add anything —- in fact, I found myself upset at wasting the 20 minutes.

After reading Isolation, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.  It truly gave some background insights into the Partial series without making me feel like someone was saying – “hey lady, here’s how it all started!”

In 50 pages, Isolation gives us a glimpse of the Partial process. We follow Heron as she is grown, trained and released on a mission.  Heron is taught that she must obey her human “superiors” no matter what. Once she finds that humans are willing to sacrifice her life (and that of any other Partial), we see the first spark of resistance.  We see the first moment of the technology getting ready to make the “master” bow to it.

Let the rebellion begin!


Would I add it to the library?

I am glad to say this is one novella I would add.

 

Genre: Fiction – sci-fi, future, robots, artificial intelligence
ISBN: 9780062208187
Rating:  good

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