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Spare and Found Parts

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,813 ratings  ·  359 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Greenwillow Books
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Maya 20/21, I think. Since 21 is the age you must contribute by and it seemed like she had run out of time.

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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“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 w
i thought this sounded really interesting - i mean, who wouldnt want to build themselves the perfect boyfriend!? but i found the story struggled to keep my attention in some parts and the plot didnt really strike me as memorable. also, the random switching of tenses throughout the book didnt really help. pretty average book, overall.

2.5 stars
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, fantasy
“Secrets, Nell, are the most important thing when it comes to changing the world. Not always the keeping of them but the timing of their release.”


Nell always thinks that she’s like a clock – or perhaps a time bomb. She’s ticking from the inside because of her mechanical heart. Every second of the day, she ticks. She feels like she’s a time bomb ticking, waiting for the right time to explode. She likes learning, likes building yet she is struggli
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
The blurb made me so sad.

You go, girl! Build yourself a companion!

In the aftermath of playing God by giving machines conciseness, humanity destroyed much of their technology and returned to nature for comfort. Nell is a talented mechanic who's suppose to find a partner, settle down and produce little, screaming, red faced creatures. Only she's not down with that so she decides to build a Windows powered companion.

It was a sweet story. Predictable but still sweet. I really felt bad for Nell.

Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A copy of this novel was provided by HarperCollins for review via Edelweiss.

There were four pleasantly surprising things about Spare and Found Parts:

1) The main character, Nell, is bi.

The word isn’t used on the page, but Nell talks about guys and girls in terms of romance (and her best friend does, too, when asking Nell about it), and she also has a super crush on a girl that runs a bar. It was SUCH AN AWESOME SURPRISE to find this out because lo and behold, the blurb and the book community in g

This story was about a girl who wants to build herself a robot companion. In the far off future computers and technology are all gone. After some sort of virus/sickness, all of the computers were destroyed or disconnected. Nell is being raised by her crazy father, the inventor of so many artificial parts for humans. In this place almost everyone has a replacement part, even Nell who has a ticking heart. People either love or hate her father and she barely even knows him. Nell is awkward and a bi
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3 Stars

I have very mixed feelings about this book. It's something I might recommend to others if they were interested, but, at the same time, I couldn't really get into it.

Plot: The plot was kind of unpredictable, which I like. I didn't know what was going to happen, and I didn't know what I wanted to happen. That was cool. But in the end, it kind of disappointed me. There was some growth, it seemed like things were teased at, then it seemed like there was kind of backwards growth, then I
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, coming-of-age
Spare and Found Parts is about a girl with a clockwork heart in a post-technological Ireland feeling lonely and building herself a boy with, well, spare and found parts. Imaginative, intelligent and utterly captivating, this book swept me away and I was in love!

But not at first sight. Because love takes time and effort… You see, starting this book, I admit, it was a bit hard for me to get on board with the style of prose. There was one sentence in particular that I read about 5 times before I wr
Spare and Found Parts is a futuristic story set in a world that was nearly destroyed by some kind of epidemic that left the majority of the population with missing body parts. Nell's father is a respected scientist who created the biomechanics that are used by those who can afford to have their missing limbs, be they arms, legs, hands or even eyes, replaced. Nell is a bit of an outsider, she struggles to connect with people and she's different because her machinery is on the inside and her mecha ...more
'Her blade was in his body, but he wouldn't fall; he wanted so desperately for this to live. She'd never stopped to think maybe he was hurting. But Nell wasn't anyone's happy ending. She was always a more likely executioner.'

Spare and Found Parts is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi with a touch of mystery and steampunk set on an unknown island starring a bi main character who hates being touched and loves tinkering with salvaged materials. Sounds a bit of a mouthful but it takes the concept of AI takin
rachel ☾
This is the type of book that I had to sit back and think about for awhile after reading it. It was peculiar and different but it was also a little… too different? I think the premise was there - and it was a strong, unique storyline - but somewhere in the writing style and disjointed plot it got lost.

The writing style was little hard for me to swallow. It changed between first, second and third POV randomly and it got awfully confusing trying to figure out what was happening. I thought the sec
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
A warm, hard, sharp, cold, beautifully written account of life after the digital apocalypse. When information became too hard to control, people too free to access it, the government unleashed hell. The Turn delivered death to the island, millions dying horribly of a disease that couldn't be contained.

100 years later, the healthy live in the Pastures and the healing live in the Pale. Everyone has lost something: a limb, a family member. But they refuse to lose hope. Those who live on the outskir
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
In a post-apocalyptic world, many people live with artificial body parts. Nell has a mechanical heart thanks to her dad's inventions. When Nell is asked to contribute something to society, she decides to make a sentient being using banned IT. This was a little bit Frankenstein-like with the whole looking at who is the real monster. I found this charming in some parts and wholly absorbing. A surprisingly great read. ...more
I didn’t really know what to expect when I first picked up this book to start reading. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and those red sprayed edges were already winning me over. I had read the blurb and was initially quite intrigued but it didn’t take long before Spare and Found Parts had my full attention!

Spare and Found Parts is set in a post-technology world and this concept really interested me from the get go. As we live in a world so embedded with and around technology, it seems impossible
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-con-2016
This was just painfully slow. It was almost two-thirds of the way in when we finally get to meet our Frankenstein's monster, and maybe halfway through the book before Nell even has the idea of creating him. I think the emphasis is supposed to be on Nell and her father, especially with what's revealed in the end. But by that point I was so beyond caring--I just wanted anything to happen. ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really impressed how this novels subverts the standard world destroyed by technology and gives us a refreshing heroine who is doing things for the greater good of her world. Full review at
Kim B.
May 01, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is so much my kind of book, you have no idea.
Kali Cole
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book. Review soon.
DNF at 50%
A whole person. Hang limbs on a spine and find a way to give him a brain, a heart - a soul. Could you make a soul out of spare and found parts? Why not?

Nell Crane has a lot to live up to: her father is the creator of the biochemical appendages that make the physically-disabled whole again, and her late mother left a reminder of what humanity is. Then there is Nell, who needs to contribute something to society, only she's completely out of ideas. That's when she's struck with a tabo
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A modern day Frankenstein - perfection! Set in a post apocalyptic Dublin after an event caused by mankind's greed for technology. All computers are forbidden in this world and thirst for this knowledge frowned upon.The survivors all have missing body parts. The main character is Nell, a girl with a clockwork heart who feels alone and apart from her family and friends. She must make a Contribution to prove her worth and after finding a mannequin's hand on the beach she decides to make a friend, a ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There was so much depth to this novel.

This was a fantastic read, I enjoyed every moment of it.

The book was so well written, I loved the authors writing style and how she developed the plot and characters. I loved the world this was set in and how it was built upon.

Nell was a really strong main character who could be a bit cooky at times but I loved her eccentric side. She was very head strong and when she had her idea she went with
Dee Clarke
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea what to expect, opening this book. I'm a fan of Sarah Maria Griffin's poetry and nonfiction (and tweets!), but fiction is an entirely different beast, and sci-fi settings can be so difficult to bring to life convincingly.

But if this story is nothing else, it is alive. It breathes. It's brimming with feeling.

A lot of people are uncertain about how loosely the scene is filled in - we're told that some sort of virus involving technology (I'm thinking something to do with the technol
Sara (sarabara081)
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars!

The premise for Spare and Found Parts immediately stood out me. Here you have a post-apocalyptic world recovering after toxic electro-magnetic pulses of an event called the Turn destroyed so much and caused an epidemic among the people. Nell has never felt connected to anyone. Her father is too busy in his lab creating biomechanical limbs, her best friend often feels far away from her as well, and of course there is the boy that has b
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This is a glorious, strange, beautiful, complicated book. It's ironic the inside cover quote makes reference to being unfinished when Nell is one of the most complete protagonists I've read in a novel. She's her own person from the first page - an independent, driven, standoffish girl who barely fits inside her own skin, let alone into the complicated world of post-apocalyptic Dublin. You might not always agree with her actions, but they always feel reasoned and real - from the pressure she feel ...more
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm still a little baffled. What did I just read?

On one hand, it's a story about a girl who struggles to fit in. She's different, more than just the scar down her chest, more than her "tick tock" of a robotic heart, more than her dad tinkering in his basement dungeon making new limbs and mechanics. She struggles to fit in and struggles with the affection of a boy, Oliver, who has been around since forever and (no matter how mean she is) just seems to want to marry her.

It felt very "Beauty and th
I enjoyed the overall concept of this story but I do think it was a little lacking in the application. I really wanted a lot more world building, many things were hinted at but left unexplored and other things simply not explained at all.

The thing I struggled with most was the changing from second to third person. This happened a lot and wasn't limited to specific characters. Sometimes it was really confusing as to who it was until a few lines into the page.

I liked Nell as a character though a
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
took awhile to get going, but pretty average overall. I did like Nell as she was very believable
Claire Huston
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
An ingenious modern/futuristic take on the Frankenstein story with a young, capable female protagonist. I particularly enjoyed the setting and the secondary characters.
This was an interesting dystopian retelling of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein. I did read the classic novel many years ago and it was not at all what I expected from the general popular culture image. Frakenstein's monster was incredibly lonely, which is the defining characteristic that this main character, Nell Crane, shares.

Nell is the only child of Dr. Crane, the famous inventor of the seamless prosthetics that have saved the world after a terrible virus that resulted in missing l
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Sarah Maria Griffin lives in Dublin, Ireland, in a small red brick house by the sea, with her husband and cat. She writes about monsters, growing up, and everything those two things have in common. Her first book, SPARE AND FOUND PARTS, is out now.

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