I received this book for free from ARC Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Greenwillow Books on October 4th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: ARC Tour
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Nell Crane has always been an outsider. In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts—an arm, a leg, an eye—her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs everyone now uses. But Nell is the only one whose mechanical piece is on the inside: her heart. Since the childhood operation, she has ticked. Like a clock, like a bomb. 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 idea when she has none of her own?
Then she finds a mannequin hand while salvaging on the beach—the first boy’s hand she’s ever held—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.
The premise for Spare and Found Parts immediately stood out me. Here you have a post-apocalyptic world recovering after toxic electro-magnetic pulses of an event called the Turn destroyed so much and caused an epidemic among the people. Nell has never felt connected to anyone. Her father is too busy in his lab creating biomechanical limbs, her best friend often feels far away from her as well, and of course there is the boy that has been romantically pursuing her for years yet she has no interest. And then there is the pressure for her to become a great scientific contributor to society, like her parents, and time is ticking (much like her mechanical heart) down. After finding an old mannequin hand Nell is inspired, but just how far will she go to build a boy?
“Could you make a soul out of spare and found parts?”
The thought of the world being destroyed because of our constant advancements in technology feels scaringly plausible. I love the undertone of that message we find here. I must admit I had a hard time understanding this world as I was reading it, though. At least for a good long while. I think I needed a little more explanation for certain things. It’s like pieces were given at random times throughout but I needed them connected better.
What I did love was Nell’s determination and how she went about developing her plans to build a companion who may understand her. Her whole journey through that was amazing as well as her reactions to the discoveries along the way. The complexity of her relationships with a few characters also made this read quite enjoyable as well.
I think this novel will resonate with a lot of readers. You may need to be patient with the story to pick up, but it is definitely worth the read!