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Jul 12

Review: The Wonders by Paddy O'Reilly

Posted on July 12, 2017 at 9:50 AM by Elizabeth Land

The Wonders Paddy O’Reilly capitalizes on the popularity of fictional circuses (Water For Elephants and Night Circus, to name two) to bring readers the next evolution of the circus.
Told mainly from the perspective of Leon, a shy introvert who agrees to a radical surgery to replace his busted heart with a metal one, The Wonders is all about how society treats the famous and the famously different.
When the daughter of a famous circus showman hears about Leon, she comes to him with an offer: Put yourself on display for a few years along with two other modified humans, and you will be more rich than you can imagine. That’s how The Wonders are formed. The group goes on tour, showcasing Leon with a visible mechanical heart, Kathryn, who is covered head to toe in wool as a side effect of a cure for a disease that would have killed her, and Christos, an artist who grafted prehensile mechanical wings to his body.
As their adventure progresses, The Wonders must grapple with a world that loves, idolizes, and — in some cases — hates them.
For fans of Sara Gruen's Ape House and Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, you can check out The Wonders by Paddy O'Reilly at the Tabb Library. Request your copy today!