In the year 2163 a corrupt World Government controls everything on our planet and beyond.
Sixteen year-old Sierra has been so caught up in her own world of saving animal test subjects and her father’s disappearance, she hasn’t paid much attention. When she finally finds his location, she and her friend set off on a covert interplanetary mission to rescue him, she begins to see the corruption first hand.
Discovering that her father has been on the front lines secretly trying to save human test subjects inspires her to join a revolution. But she is afraid of the collateral damage of hurting the people she loves. Will she find the strength to make a deal with the mad scientist Cromwell to save not just her friends and family but everyone?
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As Eucarpo peeks her head around my body, Milcah reaches for her sidearm. Eucarpo jumps to the cage holding her brothers and releases them. They all run for cover. Eucarpo then hops to the table beside Milcah and Danver. Milcah raises her gun. She pulls the trigger, and a tranquilizer shot hits Eucarpo in the abdomen.
“Why did you shoot her?” I ask, outraged, and take a step toward the pair, glad the beaker’s still in my hands.
“She was flying at me!”
Eucarpo stirs on the ground and pulls out the tranquilizing dart.
“What have you done?” Danver asks.
“She done what’s right,” Eucarpo defends me.
“Sound the alarm,” Milcah yells.
Her eyes blaze in anger like a mad shooting star.
Danver pulls the alarm lever in the wall. I come to my senses and go to the window next to where Eucarpo’s brothers have taken cover.
“Move behind that table.”
I usher the koalas away from the window as I set down the beaker to grab a stool. Once they’re under the table, I hurl the stool as hard as I can. Glass shatters over me when the window breaks. Eucarpo runs to her brothers.
“Follow me,” she says to them as she goes to the window and clears the sill of shards.
I watch her paws break open and bleed. I gently grab one, move the two thumbs aside, and turn it over to apply pressure and stop the bleeding. Before I can grab clotting material, the skin sutures itself.
“Guess the healing adaptation really did work.”
“Knew ya could do it.”
Eucarpo looks me in the eyes, and I’m gratified with my work’s results. She healed fast enough not to experience any pain. The koalas all jump out of the window, finally free.
Excerpted from Replaced Parts by Stephanie Hansen, Copyright © 2021 by Stephanie Hansen. Published by Fire and Ice Young Adult Books.
Stephanie Hansen is a PenCraft Award Winning Author. Her short story, Break Time, and poetry has been featured in Mind’s Eye literary magazine. The Kansas Writers Association published her short story, Existing Forces, appointing her as a noted author. She has held a deep passion for writing since early childhood, but a brush with death caused her to allow it to grow. She’s part of an SCBWI critique group in Lawrence, KS and two local book clubs. She attends many writers’ conferences including the Writing Day Workshops, New York Pitch, Penned Con, New Letters, All Write Now, Show Me Writers Master Class, BEA, and Nebraska Writers Guild conference as well as Book Fairs and Comic-Cons. She is a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community.
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