Just when readers think they’ve recovered from one adrenaline rush, another hits as they devour this YA thriller laced with science fiction. Kapp skillfully places heart-pumping sequences in the midst of passages where readers can catch their breath and relish the well-developed characters — like Tabitha, who is hastily rediscovering her reality. Though Body Parts has some already-been-done ingredients of dystopian YA mega-hits, it nevertheless feels as new and indulgent as its outstanding forerunners.
Tabitha, a teenager at an elite foster center, has always been focused on one goal: impress a foster family enough for them to choose her. That means running, swimming, weight training and more until she’s in top physical condition. Suddenly, Tabitha’s name is the one being called — she’s been paired with a family. But while Tabitha thinks she’s on her way to meet her foster parents, she’s suddenly being sedated in the back of a speeding van. It turns out Tabitha was about to be harvested for her perfect organs by pharmaceutical company PharmPerfect, and a group of renegade kids just saved her. As Tabitha learns about PharmPerfect's barbaric practices, all she wants to do is save her friends. (DIVERSION, Aug., 294 pp., $14.99, 12 & Up)