I was moved by this book. I did not have the same hang ups as other reagarding the storyline or social consequences... I just felt a deep dispair for the situation of the characters and wanted better for them. This book was read well and I believe it will stay with me for quite some time.
Are we really so far away from this? I wonder if we would ever value our families so much that we would allow this to happen. Often through this book I thought, "This could never be." But I am not sure.
Regardless of the moral questions, this book is wonderful. The writing is spectacular and the narration is flawless. It comes highly recommended.
The premise of this book, which is revealed (perhaps too) slowly through the narration, is really, really disturbing (but I won't give away the plot). The narration is excellent, and the understanding of human relationships very informed and insightful. One can learn simply from the interactive dialogue between characters, let alone from the overall book. The only criticism is that the abridgement might have been good for this book!
I agree with the enthusiasm of the other reviewers. "Dreadful", who thought it was unrealistic, forgets that the principal characters were raised from birth to accept their fates. It's a rare human who would not accept this under these circumstances.
Tedious. Boring. I kept waiting for the pay-off (a meaning, an event, a joke, anything), but there is none. Thought provoking? I guess if you suspend everything you know about human nature you might find the behaviors of these characters plausible, and therefore somehow enlightening.
I didn't. Complete unmoving and unsatisfying.
Spare yourself from these "Spare Parts."
Lover of sci-fi, dystopia, and historical fiction. I travel often and listen to audiobooks while driving long hours
The story was wonderful, and we are fans of the dystopian future genre. The book was well written. The time was definitely well spent!
As is typical with the genre, we were left with an uneasy feeling at the end. These stories often leave us with the feeling of hopelessness.. Things are not going to be okay!
I have not, but she performed well.
There was a love-story element that was quite enjoyable, but this book was definitely not a love-story.
I can't figure out what book reviewers were listening to that they described as "stunning", "brilliant", "compelling" and "haunting" . First off I figured out what was happening very soon into the book. Even then I kept expecting something "brilliant" etc but I found myself not even seeing it as a commentary on humanity because the characters were so trivial, self absorbed, one dimensional, whining and, well, just boring. The best part was when it was finally over. The narrator did a fine job given the material but she was monotone for much of the story. I'm not sure it was her fault because it was a monotone story. If you want brilliant listen to something else.
The Universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
I did not like the story at all. Kind of a sick premise! Uninteresting. No emotion. Fatalistic. Ok, it sucked.
My recommendation is, don't bother. Clone child grows into clone young adult whose place in the world is to provide organs for humans' transplants. That description is FAR more interesting than this book.