Nell Crane has never held a boy’s hand.
In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts—an arm, a leg, an eye—Nell has always been an outsider. Her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs that everyone now uses. But she’s the only one with her machinery on the inside: her heart. Since the childhood operation, she has ticked. Like a clock, like a bomb. And 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 ideas when she has none of her own?
Then she finds a lost mannequin’s hand while salvaging on the beach, 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.
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What a wonderful book. I have been so excited about this book after reading a sampler not too long ago and after reading the rest, it really lived up to my expectations! It was a story like no other and just did things I wasn't expecting. A brilliant story and one I will be talking about for a very long time.
There are 3 rules in Black Water City; 1. The sick in the pale, the healed in the pasture. 2. Contribute, at all cost. 3. All code is blasphemy.
In a far of future, where technology is gone. Nell has a mechanical heart. It feels like a clock when it ticks...or a time bomb. She is trying to figure out the contributions she will make to her broken city. She loves to create she loves to build. She has a mechanical heart but, she wants to strive and create. To build and contribute, to achieve her dreams. She wants to build something. A companion.
The writing in this book is so beautiful. It will hook you with it's whimsical ways and not let you go. Nell is a fantastic character. I really enjoyed reading about her and her life. How strong she is and she isn't afraid to do something for herself and make herself happy. I really enjoyed the building, science part of the book with all the tech terms. I also really enjoyed watching Nell grow as a character.
Such an enjoyable book that, I think everyone would enjoy!
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