The Engineer of Beasts
Published by: Indiana University Press
After decades of abuse transforms the world into a toxic wasteland, people flee into the safety of a global network of domed cities. Within these safe, orderly spaces, the only animals allowed are machines in the new world's mechanized zoos, called disneys. Orlando Spinks prides himself on keeping his father's disney spotless and orderly, until 13-year-old Mooch explodes into his life and down the throat of a mechanized lion.
Mooch quickly wriggles her way into Orlando's heart with her creative mechanical genius, fiery spirit, and passion for real animals. As her rebellious spark spreads to Orlando, they restore the wild spirit to the mechanical beasts, but catch the eye and ire of the Overseers.
Beautifully written, The Engineer of Beasts brings together the best of Scott Russell Sanders's environmental wisdom with skilled world-building and beloved characters.
Sanders takes readers on a whirlwind tour of a future Earth, where cities are domed for protection against the deadly environment and the only animals are machines in the local "disneys," or mechanized zoos. . . . Beautifully written, this book is alternately funny and poignant and filled with memorable characters.~Publishers Weekly
[Engineer of Beasts] has a gritty strength and appeal, with humor that tempers the bleakness of the characters' situations. . . . [Sanders] is a skilled writer well able to challenge and intrigue his readers.~School Library Journal