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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“This was why she had to build a companion, build a boy with an electric voice, so she’d have someone to confide in when the people around her were too much for her to handle. Too flawed. Too human.”
This was a YA dystopian story, about a girl who built a robotic man.
Nell was an okay character, but she did come across as a little crazy at times; not least of all when she was trying to build this robotic man with artificial intelligence.
The storyline in this was about Nell building the robotic man, but the pace was way too slow for me. It took ages for Nell to even have the idea, never mind put it into action, and it felt like most of the story was wasted just waiting for her to do something.
The ending to this was also a bit of a disappointment, but I had really lost interest in the story by that point.
6 out of 10