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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

#allthebookreviews: Body Parts by Jessica Kapp @JessKapp @diversionbooks

Body Parts
by Jessica Kapp
Diversion Books

🎂 Happy Publishing Day!! 🎂

A young adult sci-fi novel based on the premise that a foster care isn't what it seems - they're using the children for body parts... 😲

Big thank you to Diversion Books for our copies in return for our honest reviews.

Goodreads Synopsis:

People would kill for her body.

Raised in an elite foster center off the California coast, sixteen-year-old Tabitha’s been sculpted into a world-class athlete. Her trainers have told her she’ll need to be in top physical condition to be matched with a loving family, even though personal health has taken a backseat outside the training facility. While Tabitha swims laps and shaves seconds off her mile time, hoping to find a permanent home, the rest of the community takes pills produced by pharmaceutical giant PharmPerfect to erase their wrinkles, grow hair, and develop superhuman strength.

When Tabitha’s finally paired, instead of being taken to meet her new parents, she wakes up immobile on a hospital bed. Moments before she’s sliced open, a group of renegade teenagers rescues her, and she learns the real reason for her perfect health: PharmPerfect is using her foster program as a replacement factory for their pill-addicted clients’ failing organs. And her friends from the center, the only family she’s ever known, are next in line to be harvested.

Determined to save them, Tabitha joins forces with her rescuers, led by moody and mysterious Gavin Stiles. As they race to infiltrate the hospital and uncover the rest of PharmPerfect’s secrets, though, Tabitha finds herself with more questions than answers. Will trusting the enigmatic group of rebels lead her back to the slaughterhouse?

My Thoughts: 

Tabitha became an orphan at the age of six - taken to an elite foster home where the kids are trained to be healthy and strong to find their permanent homes.  Tabitha is finally paired and scared and excited to meet her new family.  Instead, she wakes up in a hospital bed prepared for surgery and utterly confused.  Rescued, she finds that the foster home is not what it seems and she was about to be cut up for body parts by PharmPerfect.

The world is actually going in this direction, I think.  Maybe not so much in raising kids for body parts, but this world the author created consists of pills that can cure just about anything.  Need a tan?  Take a pill.  Get rid of wrinkles?  Take a pill.  Want to be smarter?  Take a pill.  Want to excel at sports?  Take a pill.  I think you get the drift.  The real world today actually has a tanning pill going through FDA approval and is approved in a couple of countries.  I only know this due to my "allergy" to the sun and was almost part of a test group.  So I can absolutely see this world Jessica created in our future... and it's a scary one.  This YA, sci-fi book has all the parts you would expect - instalove, love triangle, rescue missions and rebellion against the government/pharm company.  Personally, I love these types of stories (well I could do without instalove sometimes but that's all mood based) and Jessica Kapp does it RIGHT.  At under 300 pages, it's a quick and entertaining read and those who love YA books will definitely take a liking to this one as well.


Jessica's Thoughts:

When I read the description for this book it instantly stood out to me. BODY PARTS by Jessica Kapp is a unique thriller with a topic that isn't covered much. I loved how original it was and the suspense kept me flipping pages! 

Tabitha is a 16 year old girl living at the Center for Excellence - previously from the Center for Growth. She's been here since she was 6 years old, after her parents were killed in a car crash. She and the other kids are raised to be in peak physical and mental shape because they are told that potential foster families are looking for the best of the best. One day Tabitha is chosen by a family. The day she leaves to meet her foster family she wakes up in the hospital - drugged and on an operating table. In the confusion a group of teenagers rescue her. 

Her rescuers tell her that there was never a foster family and that the sole purpose for the Center is to raise the children to be in peak physical shape so that their organs can be harvested when a match is found. With Tabitha being a redhead, she is sought after and unique. Can she and her new found friends save the other kids from the Center and bring down PharmPerfect to stop these practices?

This story had so many great elements to it. Suspense, enough confusion, and great character relationships. Who can Tabitha really trust? I loved the characters and the reader could really connect with them. There is a bit of a romance thrown into the mix, but nothing to make you roll your eyes at (for people that don't like that element in a suspense novel). Also, with it being completely from Tabitha's point of view, the book doesn't read too much like a YA novel. 

The first thing my boyfriend said when I told him the synopsis is that this needs to be a movie. I completely agree, this would translate very well on the big screen! I will definitely be looking for more from Jessica Kapp in the future. 

If you want a unique premise for a lighter suspense novel, with well-developed and relateable characters, then this is the novel for you!

I give this 5/5 stars!

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