Ella is a doll. A long time ago she was a human being, but she does not remember anything from that time. She lives in the attic of the professor who created her and she loves to dance.
Ella lives in something like a perfect world: she spends her time keeping company to her creator and dancing and imagining every sorts of adventures.
This perfection starts to crumble when Lisa appears, another doll – a goth one – who oddly remembers something about her past as human girl and who has no desire to spend her life as a sentient object. Lisa ends up being quite unstable in her relation with Ella, but is able to instill some doubts about their creator activities.
In the meanwhile Ella meets also Gabby, the professor granddaughter, who has a viral illness that will soon kill her.
In Broken Dolls the author creates an atmosphere that from strange becomes soon creepy: what is the real purpose of the professor? What makes him changing some people in dolls? Will this be the fate of Gabby?
During the novel Ella begins to doubt her reality and becomes aware of some limitation that are imposed on her: she can’t go out of the attic and she only can aim to be a dancer; and at the same time the reader begins doubting everything about the professor and the dolls.
Despite some imperfections the novel develops some interesting ideas and the story is quite engaging and some turn of events can unsettle the reader. This book is the first of a series, and maybe in the following ones – as one can suppose reading the preview – the context the story takes place in will be described with more details.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.
* Broken Dolls by Tyrolin Puxty ★★★★☆
*I read this book in english