Spare and Found Parts
by Sarah Maria Griffin
“We are all more than the sum of our parts.
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.”
Titan messaged me about Spare and Found Parts, and I thought it sounded amazing, especially when I saw that V.E. Schwab loved it.
Nell is missing her heart, the only person to have something missing internally, and her father is the person who has contributed prosthetics to society. Nell is coming up to her own contribution but cannot decide what to make until one day she has inspiration, but it goes against society’s rules.
I did not know what to expect from Spare and Found Parts, I knew it was a dystopian which I enjoy and this was different from any dystopian that I have read before. I love the theme running throughout about technology (computers) making people not talk to each other and this is what caused the turn, especially as this is starting to happen in the world today.
I loved later in the book when things begin picking up, but the world building was fabulous earlier in the book. I really enjoyed the reveals, one of them I figured out earlier in the book than the character finding out about it and I really wanted to shout at them to let them know about it. I went through a lot of emotions while reading it, I was horrified at one point and had to put the book down to recover, before picking it up again.
My favourite characters are Nell, Ruby, Oliver and Io. I loved how the results of the turn have made people into something different from what they would have been like before. Although some of the decisions that people have made are trades for something else and several of the characters are twisted in a way that you would not expect.
Spare and Found Parts does wrap up, but it also leaves things for your imagination to come up with what happens next.
While reading this book, I described it as a dystopian where everyone has something missing and they have to work out what to contribute to their society. I would recommend it to anyone. 4 out of 5.