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366 pages, Paperback
First published February 3, 2016
"Sometimes, my dear girl, life is easier if you slice it up into smaller pieces, like bite-size bread crumbs. Think about a single year or a single month or a single week. Get through that first, then think about the future. Or if even that is too much, focus on just one day. Survive for tomorrow. Fight for a better day. Hope for a better life. And then go get it."
"As humans we want things to be easy but we make them as hard as possible. Sometimes it's because subconsciously we want the challenge, the thrill of fighting, of conquering, of winning against all odds. And other times, it's because we have no other choice."
"I do not fear death," I say. "I fear not living."
Sometimes the strings that tie us down are the same strings that set us free. Sixteen year old Pia has always lived in a mysterious facility where mechanical strings control her existence. She plays apprentice to her father, Gio, in performing nanotech designs for the Company, and she soon suspects there are diabolical human forces behind the manufactured reality of her world.
Though her childhood memories and the origins of the strings remain strangely elusive, she begins to find solace with the introduction of two unlikely friends: daring, irrational Sofia, and calm, tender Marco. As the truths of the past and present unravel together, Pia must find a way to free herself from her strings and escape the facility before facing the wrath of the unstable head of security, Mr. Davis. But to gain her freedom, she must navigate the dangers posed by Davis and by her suspicious new friends to find the real identity of the puppeteer.
If Pia can succeed in revealing the secrets of the Company, she may very well find the independence she so desperately seeks. But in her controlled world nothing is as it seems, and the closer she gets to the truth, the graver the consequences.
“A wonderful retelling of the Pinocchio story...I simply couldn’t put this book down.”- Rysa Walker, bestselling author of TIMEBOUND