Body Parts by Jessica Kapp
Publication Date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Diversion Publishing
Guest post by author Jessica Kapp:
If you read the premise for BODY PARTS and raised an eyebrow, I understand. If you think I’m kind of twisted, I’m not offended.
But I want you to know what inspired me to write BODY PARTS. Several years ago, my husband had sudden liver failure and was rushed to the hospital. After dozens of tests for autoimmune diseases or genetic abnormalities, the doctors considered putting him on a liver transplant list.
It was terrifying. But it also provided the spark for my story.
In BODY PARTS, our teenage hero, Tabitha, believes a loving family has chosen her for adoption. Instead, she’s being taken to a surgical center to have her organs harvested. That revelation turns Tabitha’s world upside down. And now the only family she’s ever known, her friends at the foster home, are next to go under the knife.
In this fictitious world, people are addicted to pills that perfect them—pills that damage their organs—and the pharmaceutical empire that makes these pills is using a foster home as a replacement factory for clients’ failing parts.
I want to tell you this will never happen in real life, that we as humans are not capable of such terrible acts. But I can’t.
What if there were pills that could give you instant gratification? Pills that could make you toned without spending a second at the gym? Pills that could erase years of wrinkles with one swallow? How many of us would take them? Would our egos override our fear of the side effects?
For now, BODY PARTS is fiction, though the theft of organs for transplant IS very real—just not because of pill addiction, yet.
I hope you enjoy the story and the characters as much as I do. Our heroes refuse to give up, and more importantly, they stand up for each other. For what’s right.
You can rest assured this is not a horror story, although the premise might make you squeamish. I hope BODY PARTS doesn’t scare you (okay, maybe I do just a little ☺).
People would kill for her body.
Raised in an elite foster center off the California coast, sixteen-year-old Tabitha’s been sculpted into a world-class athlete. Her trainers have told her she’ll need to be in top physical condition to be matched with a loving family, even though personal health has taken a backseat outside the training facility. While Tabitha swims laps and shaves seconds off her mile time, hoping to find a permanent home, the rest of the community takes pills produced by pharmaceutical giant PharmPerfect to erase their wrinkles, grow hair, and develop superhuman strength.
When Tabitha’s finally paired, instead of being taken to meet her new parents, she wakes up immobile on a hospital bed. Moments before she’s sliced open, a group of renegade teenagers rescues her, and she learns the real reason for her perfect health: PharmPerfect is using her foster program as a replacement factory for their pill-addicted clients’ failing organs. And her friends from the center, the only family she’s ever known, are next in line to be harvested.
Determined to save them, Tabitha joins forces with her rescuers, led by moody and mysterious Gavin Stiles. As they race to infiltrate the hospital and uncover the rest of PharmPerfect’s secrets, though, Tabitha finds herself with more questions than answers. Will trusting the enigmatic group of rebels lead her back to the slaughterhouse?
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Jessica Kapp enjoys writing Young Adult Contemporary and Speculative Fiction. Story ideas often strike at inopportune times, and she’s been known to text herself reminders from under the covers.
She lives on a small farm in Washington with far too many goats and an occasional cow.