“We are all more than the sum of our parts.”
This book was just so wonderful as intricate and magical as the inside of an old clock it had quite a steam punk vibe about it which I loved. And the cover.. those red sprayed edges ugh so stunning, serious cover beauty right there. Set in Dublin but a Dublin 100 years from now that has been changed after a devastating epidemic, it was easy to catch the references to different places, hear the accents in my head as the characters spoke and immerse myself fully in the world.
“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 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. 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?
She then finds a lost 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.”
Nell is a bit awkward and stubborn, she’s very opposed to personal contact and seems quite inside herself.. I like her. You will get behind Nell though and want her to achieve her goal, really she has been through so much with more to come and seems very left on the edge, there but not there. I feel a bit sorry for Oliver but proud of Nell for standing her ground. Seeing the world being opened up to her a bit more and realising how naive she is but pushing past it and doing what they all said she couldn’t.
“Shocked by my voice, you raise your hand to your mouth. Your hand, one of two: flesh. You used them to make me. You have small knuckles and wear bright rings. Your breathing is papery, and now there are tears all down your cheeks. I want to say, “Please do not cry,” but I am not here to tell you what to do.”
I really really didn’t want this story to end and I’m hoping there will be another book to follow. I’m interested to see how Nell’s contribution is received, is the world ready yet? Will her father cause more trouble for her? Sidenote: I was never very keen on her father he seemed very distant and uncaring, he didn’t see her as a daughter just an achievement. Not a very likeable character.
If dystopian sci-fi with a steampunk vibe is your thing then I highly recommend this and if it’s not your thing I STILL recommend you read this beautiful book, then come back here and let me know what you think.
Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin is available now in paperback and e-book published by Titanbooks who kindly sent me a copy to review. Please remember all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.