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Composite Creatures

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In a society where self-preservation is as much an art as a science, Norah and Arthur are learning how to co-exist in their new little world. Though they hardly know each other, everything seems to be going perfectly – from the home they’re building together to the ring on Norah’s finger.

But survival in this world is a tricky thing, the air is thicker every day and illness creeps fast through the body. And the earth is becoming increasingly hostile to live in. Fortunately, Easton Grove is here for that in the form of a perfect little bundle to take home and harvest. You can live for as long as you keep it – or her – close.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Teratoma for One | Nine Lives | Cell Patchwork | Till Death ]

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"The writing is wistful and works in such a way you don't realise how wonderfully strange the book is until you are enfolded in it." - RJ Barker

"Explores what constitutes love, how to build a life when a lot we take for granted is missing, and what it takes to ‘glue together a splitting world.’" - Rosie Garland

"Creepy and enthralling, Hardaker’s superbly written debut will drip feed you dread from beginning to end." - Dan Hanks

"A delicate and terrifying prospect of our future, with the most lovable creatures." - Keren Landsman

"An unapologetic, intimate tale of our shared human fragility, and the deceptions we employ to keep from breaking." - Chris Panatier

"With a feline inscrutability, Composite Creatures exerts a compelling hold on the imagination – Ray Bradbury meets Sally Rooney. Deliciously creepy!" - Chris Riddell

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