Mechanics of Life
Mechanics of Life

Quillian Watson is approaching the age of freedom and autonomy. But before she can celebrate, she and Dr. M--the human ­mechanist with whom she's apprenticing-­lose a child patient brought in for a mechanical arm. While the aftermath leaves her tools bloody, it tarnishes more than the brass-clad operating room.

One misspoken word corrodes what's left of Quillian's idealistic world, and she begins to doubt who she knows to be good. A visit from a high-ranking Madam--the woman who placed Quillian in her apprenticeship--­introduces her to the curious Grayson Holmes and his multitude of questions.

Missing prostitutes.

Stolen limbs.

And what do all these surgeries have to do with it?

Book Details


  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Steampunk meets Sherlock in this delightful novel set in London. When Quillian Watson, apprentice to Dr. M, nears the achievement of her dreams to be a surgeon, the winds change. When a boy needing a mechanical arm dies on their operating table, it heralds the first of many clues that not everything is as it seems: prostitutes disappearing, shadows from her past, and a dashing Greyson Holmes enter her previously peaceful life.
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