Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin is a YA Science-Fiction stand-alone.
“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.“
This book was all-around a heartwarming story of a girl who decides to build herself a mechanical companion in such a harsh world.
I will say that I wanted a little more from the story. For most of the book, I was completely confused on what this world was all about. I did end up getting that the society was very divided on where certain people should live: AKA the sick in one area and the “healed” in another.
But it was hard for me to concentrate on the story when I felt mixed up in how everything was connecting. I did fly through the entire book in a few sittings which I guess didn’t really help me to actually slow down and pick apart the book.
I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. I wasn’t too impressed in the world building, but the story’s idea of going against societal views and ultimately building-your-own-companion was a fun aspect to explore.
I did enjoy the whole mechanical-feel and how all the characters were built from different parts that her father created for them. It was a fun story to explore, but I just felt the execution was a little bland for my taste.
Published: 4 October 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
How I Read It: ARC copy from BEA 2016
**Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.**
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