I was reading on my delightful free Simon & Schuster account (which I recommend if you can read a book in a months’ time as they are only there for the month. But you also get snippets of other books, and when sign up a free book of choice. I did (surprise) the young adult root but picked an adult book to read), and I came across These Precious Scars which I did not realize was not a “normal” book situation. First, it is part of a series called This Mortal Coil. Okay, that is normal enough, but second, it was an online only title that needs you to know the first book. But also, you do not really need to know it at the same time (more later).
This “half book” by Emily Suvada follows several 11-year-old children, (they all have the same birthday) who are being experimented on by one of the characters of the main series (which you do not exactly know unless you have read the first book and/or researched afterwards like I did). The children have tech/programing given to them after experiments and surgeries that wipe most of their memories, but some still trickle through. Such as the memory of the pain they go through each time. But what it cannot wipe out are the physical scars or the desire to be free. And the question is, how far will these children go to obtain it?
A must read for those who enjoy the first book. As a solo read is confusing. At first. Once I got to the end, things made sense. You start to see that there is a world outside of this lab. And that the outside world is not a good place, but neither is the lab. Because when the lead scientist tells his favorite child there are worst things “than this lab” you know something is not right.
As it seems difficult to get this book, I am writing this to say that if you can get it, read it. But this is a review really to tell you there is this (so far) trilogy called This Mortal Coil that sounds like it will be totally bada$$ and that if you like young adult realistic science fiction/thriller/adventure and friendship/romance this is probably something you should check out. I know I want to!
https://rivetedlit.com/book/these-precious-scars/ (you do need to sign up for an account, but perhaps you can kindle it)