Spare And Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin

spareandfoundpartsNext month sees the publication of Spare And Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy early! This is a book that I was really interested in reading, so I started to read it as soon as it arrived, and quickly became immersed in the unusual world of an extraordinary girl…

The events in this novel take place in a post-technological world. We learn that an epidemic has left a city in devastation, leaving survivors without their limbs, and with a fear of the technology that caused them harm. And in this city we meet a girl named Nell Crane. Nell’s father is a renowned scientist who is responsible for the production of the mechanical limbs that the survivors use, and Nell herself has benefited from one of her father’s creations. But what makes Nell so special is that her machinery is found on the inside – Nell has a mechanical heart, and from childhood she has ticked like a clock, and hidden away the scar that remains from her pioneering operation. I was immediately drawn into this story and warmed to Nell very quickly. In Nell we see a girl who considers herself an outsider, and is somewhat overshadowed by her famed father’s accomplishments. And to add to this pressure there is an expectation on Nell to contribute. As the city tries to rebuild itself following the epidemic, survivors are expected to prove they can contribute to society. This begins Nell’s journey to find the inspiration she needs, and to make something remarkable. This proves to be something of a challenge, as what Nell really wants is something extraordinary, something which others may fear.

I was intrigued by the premise of this story from the start and thoroughly enjoyed watching it unfold. I think that the concept of a modern world living in fear of technology is an interesting one, and the journey the characters take to rebuild and repair in the aftermath of a significant event is fascinating. It was interesting learning more about this world, but there was still a little mystery to it and the exact circumstances surrounding the epidemic remain vague which I really liked. In terms of the writing style I thought it flowed really well and was wonderfully written, with the change between different points of view adding an interesting perspective. But the thing I loved most was Nell, as I found her to be a fascinating, complex character who I could relate to. A girl who feels like an outsider, a girl who doesn’t fit in well socially and finds some human interaction difficult. To see this character find her inspiration, and to see her begin to create something incredible was wonderful to see. And along the way we discover more about Nell and her family on this creative endeavour, along with the secrets that have been long hidden from view…

I loved Spare And Found Parts, an unusual story about a recovering community in which we meet remarkable characters, and the lengths they will go to find their place. It is a story of love, hope, and ingenuity that had me gripped.

Spare And Found Parts is to be published on 6th February 2018 by Titan Books. Many thanks to Titan Books for providing a copy for review.

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