Body Parts by Jessica Hoefer
People would kill for her body. At least that’s what her trainers told her. But what 16-year-old Tabitha doesn’t realize is that’s exactly what they plan to do.
For the last decade, Tabitha has been part of an elite foster program molding kids into the epitome of health. She doesn’t know the island community outside her training facility is full of scientists who create drugs that can grow hair, erase wrinkles and give people superhuman strength. While citizens line up for pills, Tabitha waits for the day when she’ll be matched with a family longing for a disciplined, healthy teenage girl. But when she’s finally paired, instead of being taken to a loving home, she wakes up immobile on a hospital bed.
Moments before she’s sliced open for body parts, Tabitha’s rescued by a group of renegade teenagers and learns the real reason she’s been kept in perfect health. PharmWorld, the drug company that owns the foster home, is using her as a replacement factory for clients with failing organs. What’s worse, the only true family she’s ever known, her friends from the foster program, are also in danger.
Determined to save them, she joins the rescue team led by moody and mysterious Gavin Stiles. But when she finds out his dad is a scientist, she wonders what other secrets Gavin might be keeping—and if trusting him will put the entire team in jeopardy.
Complete at 93,000 words, Body Parts would appeal to readers of Neal Shusterman’s Unwind series.
The Book Doctors:
This is a very cool story. It is familiar, yet it’s unique, and again, this is what publishers, agents and readers are looking for. The double meaning in the first sentence is terrific. It gives us great confidence that you know how to turn a phrase. Again, rather than just telling us she has a body people would kill for, We’d like some description as well. We would also like to know if there’s any romance between the heroine and this moody and mysterious young man. If there is, it sure would help. The end is almost there, but instead of her team being put in jeopardy, we’d like you to tell us what the worst-case scenario might be. In graphic and visual terms. I don’t get enough sense of the environment, the place, the setting of your book. But overall a very nice pitch.