In the year 2163 a corrupt World Government controls everything on our planet and beyond.
Sixteen year-old Sierra has been so caught up in her own world of saving animal test subjects and her father’s disappearance, she hasn’t paid much attention. When she finally finds his location, she and her friend set off on a covert interplanetary mission to rescue him, she begins to see the corruption first hand.
Discovering that her father has been on the front lines secretly trying to save human test subjects inspires her to join a revolution. But she is afraid of the collateral damage of hurting the people she loves. Will she find the strength to make a deal with the mad scientist Cromwell to save not just her friends and family but everyone?
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When a couple hours have passed, I set the bread roll on the hill outside my quarters. Then I whistle just as Colsam did to tell Aviator when it was time to bring me back. I sit down and wait. The longer I wait, the more nervous I become. Finally, I decide to risk another whistle. At last, I hear the flapping of vulture wings when Aviator lands next to me. She eats the roll as I pet her. Adrenaline pumps through me as I hop on her back. We fly again. I’m becoming more comfortable with this form of transportation. I even hold my hands up in the air, trusting the bird completely as endorphins spread throughout my body. When we’re above the medical facility and close to the other side, I ask the vulture a question as I did before.
My plan hinges on her reaction. If this doesn’t work, my trip’s going to be much longer, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to return to my quarters in time.
“Can you land me on the roof, dear friend?”
I hold my breath, fearing she will shake her head side to side, but gulp air when she lowers toward the roof. She has to circle around to find a location free of solar panels. Once she does, we land, and I step off. I pet her to show my thanks. Without this vulture, I would be displaced on many levels far beyond my current physical one. This vulture has given me the freedom my spirit needed in order to not be crushed by the facility. I hug Aviator as I say goodbye. When the vulture flies off, I find myself missing her.
Excerpted from Replaced Parts by Stephanie Hansen, Copyright © 2021 by Stephanie Hansen. Published by Fire and Ice Young Adult Books.