Engines of the Broken World

Jason Vanhee

Henry Holt and Co.

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Merciful Truth and her brother, Gospel, have just pulled their dead mother into the kitchen and stowed her under the table. It was a long illness, and they wanted to bury her—they did—but it’s far too cold outside, and they know they won’t be able to dig into the frozen ground. The Minister who lives with them, who preaches through his animal form, doesn’t make them feel any better about what they’ve done. Merciful calms her guilty feelings but only until, from the other room, she hears a voice she thought she’d never hear again. It’s her mother’s voice, and it’s singing a lullaby. . . .

Engines of the Broken World is a chilling young adult novel from Jason Vanhee.

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It snowed the day our mother died, snow so hard and so soft at the same time that we could neither bury her nor take her out to the barn. So we set her, my brother and me, under the table in the kitchen, and we left her there because we didn’t know what else to do. There wasn’t anyone else to ask, our father dead for years and the village nearly empty and no one to help out two kids left alone in the winter.
Except it wasn’t winter, not really. It was October. Storm like that, with snow like that, we shouldn’t have had till much later, till

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Praise for Engines of the Broken World

*"Faith and hopelessness swirl like snow in a winter storm in this scary but terrific debut novel with a fresh, engaging voice." - Kirkus, starred review

 
 

"In dense, lyrical language, the novel raises questions of religion, morality, and free will as it builds toward a dark and ambiguous ending." - The Horn Book


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Jason Vanhee

Jason Vanhee lives in Seattle, Washington. Engines of the Broken World is his first novel.

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Engines of the Broken World
Jason Vanhee

e-Book Agency

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
November 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466848467
ISBN10: 1466848464
Young Adult Fiction272 pages
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$9.99

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Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
November 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805096293
ISBN10: 0805096299
Young Adult Fiction
5 x 7 1/2 inches, 272 pages
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$16.99
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