Publisher: Greenwillow Books
My rating: 2.5 stars
Feeling as if she's always in the shadow of her mother's and father's contributions, Nell isn't sure if she can contribute anything of worth. Then she finds the mannequin hand at the river, she starts imagining making a man who would be exactly what she would need.
My first disappoint was when I realized that it wasn't a Victorian/steampunk novel based on the Tin Man like I thought, but instead a dystopian novel based on Frankenstein. The reasoning behind their society was never really explained, other than that it had something to do with computers. Then there was revelation that it was only their city and the rest of the world had continued on. It was hard to follow and didn't seem to make sense.
The writing was good and descriptive, but there were changes in point of view and verb tense, which seemed to have no real reason behind them. It was especially evident when it changed from third to second person. This was a little jarring.
Nell also seemed moody and anti-social for no reason at all. She shied away from her friends, though she seemed to be popular, and found being touched annoying. There was nothing in her history that seemed to show why she would be that way, making her annoying to read about. It's difficult to read something when you don't like the main character.
There was no language and no sex.
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