Isolation (Partials Sequence Series)

Isolation (Partials Sequence Series)

by Dan Wells

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Isolation (Partials Sequence Series) by Dan Wells

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062208187
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Series: Partials Sequence Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 75
Sales rank: 143,187
File size: 908 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Dan Wells is the author of the Mirador series (Bluescreen, Ones and Zeroes, and Active Memory), as well as the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series—the first book of which, I Am Not a Serial Killer, has been made into a major motion picture. He has been nominated for the Campbell Award and has won a Hugo Award and three Parsec Awards for his podcast Writing Excuses. He plays a lot of games, reads a lot of books, and eats a lot of food, which is pretty much the ideal life he imagined for himself as a child. You can find out more online at

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Isolation 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
SteenieN More than 1 year ago
Dan Wells writes fabulously interesting mentally abnormal characters. Heron, the protagonist of Isolation, is no exception. She's built to have no empathy, making her the perfect assassin/spy. What her creators apparently didn't expect was a sense of self-preservation as well. In this vignette from the Isolation war we get a glimpse of the reasons behind the Partial war, and an inside view of the incredible abilities of partials.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was "different" at first, as I didn't know where Mr Wells was going; but once he "got there", it was quite interesting. I don't remember much about Heron from the first bookm as I don't recall her being a central figure. It was FABULOUS to finally figure out how they manufactured Partials and see how they were engineered. This is a must buy, as it gets you pumped for what's to follow. Thanks Mr. Wells for some fabulous reading; looking forward to Fragments!
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
I bought this because I totally loved Partials and think Dan Wells rocks! Isolation by Dan Wells offers us a unique look back at the Isolation Wars that created the dystopian world we learned about in Partials. This was truly fascinating and explains why the Partials rebelled. 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 events came to be and I quickly became swept up in the tale. The tale begins in Zuoquan City, Shanxi Province China in the year 2060. Heron known as Mei Hao has established herself at the right hand side of General Wu. The Partials and US government have successfully cornered them. They are planning where in the city to make their last stand. In the next chapter we find ourselves at the Paragen Biosynth Growth and Training Facility at an undisclosed location in the year 2058. Her Heron is unborn in her incubator and we are taken through her birth and training. It was amazingly detailed and I found myself soaking up every tid-bit of information. From their we go back and forth and I was completely immersed in the tale. Heron is classified as “espionage” for “Group Theata”. They are developed without empathy. I adored Heron and immediately connected with her. She is smart, excels at all tests, and her intellectual skills astounded me. The humans at the faculty and what the government was doing, sent shivers down my spine. Anyone who cried they wanted more world-building and history after reading Partials will find the answers they desire within the pages of Isolation. While only a mere 62 pages in length it was tightly written and filled with history. As a reader, I was swept up in Heron’s tale and experienced an array of emotions. I want to gush and spill information, but I promise spoiler free reviews on my site and you will need to read this for yourself! This has given me a better sense of where this series is headed..and I cannot wait! Isolation is a must read for fans of Partials and the fact that it contains the first chapter of Fragments should be enough reason to grab this gripping tale. Sadly this is only available as an eBook, but worth the read , even if its from your computer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great insight on heron's and a partial's life and training.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am quite dissapointed that this novel only 71 pages. I will have to look closer at the description before i buy in the future. I bought this as a preorder after finishig the first book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. It feels like you hate the person you were reffering to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set 20 years prior to the events of Partials, Isolation is a novella told from Heron's point of view. Heron is a Theta who provides insight into the Isolation War which led to the creation of the partials and the beginnings of the Partials' revolt against their creators.
phoenixslibrary More than 1 year ago
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!
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
This is a short story that is a prequel to the Partials Sequence, but is set during the Isolation war, nearly twenty years before. I loved it! 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. Men and women are sent into battle because of greed or tyranny in one form or another, with no guarantee of coming out of it alive. In the case of the Isolation war, this was because of greed. Partials were created in the hopes of reducing the death toll and, because of their superior genes, were the ultimate weapon. This story follows Heron as she is "born", trained and, ultimately, sent into battle. She begins to question her existence and her role in the war. it was an interesting experience to see the world through her eyes. I can now better understand why she did what she did near the end of Ruins; she is even more heroic in my eyes.The characters in this book are all well described, and were very lifelike. I could picture them, and the scenes, with clarity in my head. I was a little disappointed that the story was so short, but I am glad that this was written, as it explained even Samm's role in the Partials Sequence trilogy somewhat, and it did answer a few unanswered questions I had from the end of Ruins. I would love to see this series made into a movie, as I think it could give The Hunger Games and Insurgent a run for their money. If not, then a TV series. Dan Wells has written a fantastic YA dystopian series. I love his writing style, which is fast paced and exciting, and the story flowed wonderfully. This author is already on my Favourite Author's list, and I am looking forward to reading more books by him in the future. I highly recommend this book, and the entire Partials Sequence trilogy, if you love YA, Dystopian or Science Fiction genres. - Lynn Worton
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent series. Worth$
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This tale is better than the story it leads to. There is some excitement and it isn't slowed down by relationships and romance as Partials unfortunately is.
Scudfergy More than 1 year ago
I rather enjoyed this small installment of the 'Partials' series. It affords us a small glimpse into the life of Heron both during her early stages of development, as well as the last mission she was sent on before she fully rebelled from her human creators. This is a short story, and one should bear that in mind when going into the story; this is not part of the main trilogy. Nevertheless, as added filler, the story was very enjoyable, and entertaining. I would love to have a collection of 'Partials' short stories to add to my shelf of 'real' books, and that was my only complaint about this, is that it was only an ebook. Otherwise, however, I found it to be a worthy addition to the overall series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a prequel-sort of. A prequel from Heron's point of view.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is partials first then this then fagment ois isolation not even a part of the real series. Please respond to.... #ppl??????CHRONILOGICALORDER
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smackedup88 More than 1 year ago
If you like Patials, then I think that you will enjoy this book. Some questions are answered however more would be nice but I am sure that too many answers will ruin future books. I wish the next book was already out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish there was more. Better than Partials.