One hundred years ago, eleven powerful ruling Houses consolidated all of the world’s resources and authority into their own grasping hands. Only one power wasn’t placed under the command of a single House: the control over the immortal galvanized....
Matilda Case isn’t like most folk. In fact, she’s unique in the world, the crowning achievement of her father’s experiments, a girl pieced together from bits. Or so she believes, until Abraham Seventh shows up at her door, stitched with life thread just like her and insisting that enemies are coming to kill them all.
Tilly is one of thirteen incredible creations known as the galvanized, stitched together beings immortal and unfathomably strong. For a century, each House has fought for control over the galvanized. Now the Houses are also tangled in a deadly struggle for dominion over death—and Tilly and her kind hold the key to unlocking eternity
The secrets that Tilly must fight to protect are hidden within the very seams of her being. And to get the secrets, her enemies are willing to tear her apart piece by piece.…
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!
Eleven color-coded Houses control the technology and resources of Earth. The 12th House, House Brown, is democratic but has little real power. Many people find freedom only by living hidden from the Houses' movers and shakers. Matilda Case has spent her life on an isolated farm, carefully avoiding notice, but all that is for naught when a bleeding Abraham Seventh appears at her door. Abraham is one of the galvanized a group of 12 immortals created centuries ago and Matilda appears to also be galvanized, even though she's not one of the 12. The secret of Matilda's origins makes her a treasure beyond compare, and it also makes her the key to megalomaniac Slater Orange's plan to rule the world forever. Monk's corporatist feudal future is painted in broad strokes, and while the technology that drives the plot is uninhibited by any sort of plausibility, the melodramatic story moves with such energy that readers will be inclined to forgive its slip-ups. Like Monk's Allie Beckstrom, Matilda has the misfortune to be sought after by powerful, immoral men; she has been dealt a no-win hand, and the entertainment is in watching how she plays it out.