Not even bones [electronic resource]. Rebecca Schaeffer.
- ISBN: 9781328863591 (electronic bk)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she's betrayed. Nita doesn't murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they've been "acquired." Until her mom brings home a live specimen and Nita decides she wants out; dissecting a scared teenage boy is a step too far. But when she decides to save her mother's victim, she ends up sold in his place—because Nita herself isn't exactly "human." She has the ability to alter her biology, a talent that is priceless on the black market. Now on the other side of the bars, if she wants to escape, Nita must ask herself if she's willing to become the worst kind of monster.
|Target Audience Note:||
Text Difficulty 3 - Text Difficulty 4
UG/Upper grades (9th-12)
5 ATOS Level
Electronic reproduction. Boston : HMH Books for Young Readers, 2018. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 3886 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 July #1
*Starred Review* In Schaeffer's morally complex, edgy debut, supernatural beings are protected by the International Non-Human Police (INHUP), unless they're on the dangerous list, in which case killing is "pre-emptive self-defense." Those unnaturalsâlike zannies, who torture others to consume their painâare considered monsters that can't survive without killing. For Nita, whose parents sell unnatural body parts on the black market, this belief is important, because it means she's not a sociopath. She enjoys dissecting their bodies, but they're not people. Nita's clean, orderly world is shattered when her mother brings home a live, harmless unnatural for dismemberment. That's too messy for Nita, but when she helps him escape, she's captured herself. Nita is an unnatural, too, suddenly about to experience her victims' lives from the other side of the cage. This riveting thriller is not a reassuring read, but it is a provocative one for those who can handle violence when wielded with intentionality. Schaeffer's antiheroes (Nita and Kovit, her zannie-captor-turned-ally) show empathy and insight as they struggle to define the line between human and monster. It's a testament to Schaeffer's excellent writing that these themes never overtake the characters' stories. A killer ending will guarantee that readers return to see what's next in this planned trilogy. Grades 10-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
Rebecca Schaeffer was born and raised in the Canadian prairies, but her itchy feet have taken her far from home. You can find her sitting in a café on the other side of the world, writing about villains, antiheroes, and morally ambiguous characters. Not Even Bones is her debut novel. Twitter: @rrschaeffer
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