Not Even Bones by Rebecca SchaefferNot Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

Not Even Bones

byRebecca Schaeffer

Hardcover | September 4, 2018

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Twisty, grisly, genre-bending and immersive, Not Even Bones will grab you by the throat and drag you along as it gleefully tramples all of your expectations." -Sara Holland, New York Times best-selling author of Everless
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."
Rebecca Schaeffer was born and raised in the Canadian prairies. Her itchy feet took her far from home. You can find her sitting in a cafe on the other side of the world, writing about villains, antiheroes, and morally ambiguous characters. She is the author of Not Even Bones, the first in a dark YA fantasy trilogy. www.rschaefferbooks...
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Title:Not Even BonesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.2 inPublished:September 4, 2018Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1328863549

ISBN - 13:9781328863546

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, dark book; If you can't read violence, torture, etc. This book is not for you. If you're not up for stories that involve heavily questionable morality, blood, violence, torture, et cetera, this book is seriously not for you. The comp for this book is pretty accurate -- Dexter meets This Savage Song and it has really scratched a literary itch that I didn't even know I had. Not Even Bones follows Nita, a teenager hiding out in Peru with her mother. They have an uncommon family business after all -- selling the body parts of Unnaturals on the black market. Her mother acquires the bodies of Unnaturals -- people with powers like devouring pain to something as mundane as glowing -- and Nita dissects them, separating and packing the body parts up for sale. One day her mother brings home a boy who's still alive and she decides to help him escape. As punishment, her mother sells her instead. Nita must come to terms with her own morality and what she's willing to do to survive and escape. One of the main themes of this book is morality. The business that Nita is involved in is unethical and morally questionable and her morals are tested with Fabricio, the boy that her mother brings back alive to sell off piece by piece. Those morals are pushed further as she grapples with her situation and the things she needs to do in order to survive and make it out of the black market she’s found herself in. Kovit is a Zannie — an unnatural that survives on the physical pain of others. They are dangerous and monstrous. However, as we learn more about Kovit through Nita’s eyes, she sees the humanity in him in addition to the monstrous things he must do to survive. He has a conversation with Nita later in the book about how he grapples with his own morality as an Unnatural who must hurt people in order to survive and how he maintains a set of rules to prevent himself from becoming too monstrous. The world built in this book is fascinating and very much an urban fantasy. This is one of those few books that takes place somewhere outside of the United States and takes place in Peru and Argentina for the most part. There’s an international coalition and police force to protect the Unnaturals who are harmless and apprehend the ones that are on the list for being highly dangerous. Unnaturals contain a multitude of creatures like vampires and kappas, etc. The black market exists because of the properties that their body parts can take on. Zannie Blood is an analgesic and helps numb pain. Powdered unicorn bone is a drug. And there are simply others who consume unnatural parts for the sheer thrill of it. This book definitely shows the dark underbelly of the world as black markets do probably exist everywhere and we are simply unaware of them. The characters in this book are not good by a conventional sense, but they are so infinitely interesting and the author details a compelling tale that surrounds Nita. I enjoyed this book so much and I absolutely can't wait for people to read this book and also for the next book!!!!!
Date published: 2018-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique YA fantasy This book is completely unique in the YA fantasy realm. Tightly plotted, full of action, suspenseful, set in the rainforests of S. America, and with a full cast of monsters... And Nita! What can I say about Nita? I love her, but she terrifies me. This book is grim and bloody, so if you're looking for a light, fluffy read, this isn't it. But pick it up if you want something totally fresh (and delightfully gory)!
Date published: 2018-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What Makes a Monster? I have long been a fan of urban fantasy, and I highly anticipated Not Even Bones, a gritty, dark YA debut by Rebecca Schaeffer. The protagonist, Nita, is highly unusual in that she makes a living by dissecting the bodies of monsters. Also, she experiences social anxiety and is frequently verbally and emotionally dominated by her demanding mother, whom Nita shares a secret with- they both can heal their bodies at an accelerated rate, classifying them as amongst the monsters they hunt, dissect, and sell. Schaeffer fills her world with fascinating creatures from folklore, such as vampires, 'unicorns', kappas, and, my favourite, the Zannies. These creatures can feed off physical pain, and my favorite character, Kovit, explains their backstory in one of the best scenes (Also, am I terrible for wanting Nita and Kovit to be a thing?), Evidently, the worldbuilding is incredible (the Death Market is so brilliant) as the history of each species of monster is based on actual folklore, but with twists. The debate on which monsters can be classified as dangerous and thus be killed/hunted down without consequence haunted me. The pitch compared it to This Savage Song, but honestly, TSS wasn't bloody or dark enough for me. Not Even Bones gave me the dark YA I wanted, and by a fellow Canadian too!!! I would honestly love for Rebecca Schaeffer to come to my local bookstore so I could tell her how much I love Nita in person. This book is filled with gore, torture, and body horror, and is not for the squeamish. But if readers let this bloody little monster win their hearts like I did, they will be in for a treat.
Date published: 2018-06-11

Editorial Reviews

Twisty, grisly, genre-bending and immersive, Not Even Bones will grab you by the throat and drag you along as it gleefully tramples all of your expectations." -Sara Holland, New York Times best-selling author of Everless "Gritty, compelling, a tale to feed the monster in all of us. I couldn't put this one down." -Elly Blake, the New York Times best-selling author of Frostblood "Deliciously dark and devious, with morally grey characters that make you question what is good and what is truly evil. Warning: don't read in the dark." -Rebecca Sky, author of Arrowheart "[A] morally complex, edgy debut? Schaeffer's antiheroes 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." - Booklist, STARRED review "A slasher flick spliced with Crime and Punishment, this engrossing debut novel asks complex philosophical questions in a pleasingly hard-to-stomach way." - Kirkus "Readers who are tired of the same recycled story lines will find something original here? The story is so compelling that readers have to keep going to find out how, or if Nita gets out of this mess." - School Library Journal "