*I DNFed this in July 2017 after trying to read it for 20 days. I made it to page 151/40%. I read it as part of my arc catch up challenge. I read it as an arc. As always, this is my honest opinion.
School and finals have been kicking my butt so I haven’t had much reading time. However, I’ve been wanting to continue other books I was reading, and almost completely forgot I was reading this one, which is what inspired me to DNF.
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.
The concept of this story sounded pretty amazing. And there’s nothing wrong with this book per se. It was interesting, and although I wasn’t too into the story, I enjoyed reading.
Nell struggles with rising up to the occasion of her calling. There’s a lot of pressure on her and she can’t seem to handle that. I liked her well enough. The concept that her heart was manmade was really interesting and I’m sure that comes into play later on in the story.
By the time I stopped reading, she still hasn’t made her companion. It was in her head, but not formed yet, so not into the second part of the book. It was interesting, to be sure, and maybe the second half would have kept my attention more, but… I haven’t touched Spare and Found Parts in two weeks and at some point last week I vaguely remembered that I was reading it. So, maybe someday I’ll pick it back up and continue, but for now it’s a DNF for me.