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Spare and Found Parts
by Sarah Maria Griffin


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Nell Crane has never held a boy's hand.

In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts--an arm, a leg, an eye--Nell has always been an outsider. Her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs that everyone now uses.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Nell Crane has never held a boy's hand.

In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts--an arm, a leg, an eye--Nell has always been an outsider. Her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs that everyone now uses. But she's the only one with her machinery on the inside: her heart. Since the childhood operation, she has ticked. Like a clock, like a bomb. And as her community rebuilds, everyone is expected to contribute to the society's good . . . but how can Nell live up to her father's revolutionary ideas when she has none of her own?

Then she finds a lost mannequin's hand while salvaging on the beach, and inspiration strikes. Can Nell build her own companion in a world that fears advanced technology? The deeper she sinks into this plan, the more she learns about her city--and her father, who is hiding secret experiments of his own.

Sarah Maria Griffin's haunting literary debut will entrance fans of Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking series, Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker, and Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062408884
  • ISBN-10: 0062408887
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 416
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

Could you make a soul out of spare and found parts? Its been more than 100 years since an event known as the Turn, and people now live without the computers and technology that brought about destruction and sickness. Nell Crane lives with her father, Dr. Julian Crane, in the Pale, home to those born without limbs and other body parts. Julian creates wondrous mechanical limbs for those who need them, and Nell, self-conscious about her mechanical heart, is under pressure to present a creation of her own to the Youth Council. She longs to build something more impressive than the tiny bots she assembles, and out of this longing an idea is born: Nell will build a boy, someone who will see past her scar. Irish author Griffins lovely U.S. debut is a quietly effective cautionary tale about a world still reeling from past mistakes. The steady ticking of Nells heart provides a drumbeat for her aching loneliness, her grief over the death of her mother, and her questdespite catastrophic betrayalto understand what it means to be alive. Ages 14up. Agent: Simon Trewin, William Morris Endeavor. (Oct.)

 
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