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The Pet Thief

Kassten Alonso

Publication Year: 2013

The Pet Thief is a dystopian fable of science, rebellion, humankind’s inhumanity, and the struggle for identity and survival in a post-human world.
 
When scientists, the government, and venture capitalists conspire to hybridize humans with animals—cats, specifically—for organ harvesting, drug testing, and military applications, the experiment is an irredeemable failure, producing human-like beings with uncanny abilities who are nonetheless fundamentally defective.

Oboy and his mentor/tormentor Freda are two wayward hybrids, “cat people,” who have escaped with others to the depths of a rundown European city being leveled for reconstruction. They are members of a street gang led by an ominous leader called Swan.

Oboy is unable to think or speak except in mimicry, but he is a physical savant, which serves Freda’s mission. Enraged at what has been done to her, Freda wants to “rescue” every pet she can. When Oboy returns with a human baby after his first solo outing, their world and the truths of their existence come unraveled.

Published by: The University of Alabama Press

Cover

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p. C-C

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotes

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pp. i-x

Tsokka.

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pp. 1-3

Peanut

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pp. 7-9

My arms

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pp. 15-19

When

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pp. 20-22

Raggedy

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pp. 23-25

The magic

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pp. 26-34

Raggedy Ann

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pp. 35-46

Loneliness

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pp. 47-48

Like

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pp. 49-58

Broke

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pp. 59-66

Stolen

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pp. 67-69

Red coat

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pp. 70-73

Raggedy Ann

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pp. 74-79

Merqurius.

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pp. 80-88

Survival

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pp. 89-96

White

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pp. 97-107

Dim

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pp. 108-112

Police

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pp. 113-119

Belt

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pp. 120-123

I

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pp. 124-128

Metal

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pp. 129-138

Rusty

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pp. 139-144

When

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pp. 145-151

My rope

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pp. 152-154

Raggedy Andy

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pp. 155-161

My eye

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pp. 162-166

Bunny

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pp. 167-173

On wood

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pp. 174-178

Psst.

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pp. 179-184

Wood

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pp. 185-191

Ceiling

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pp. 192-199

Little

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pp. 200-206

Little

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pp. 207-211

To my eyes,

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pp. 212-217

Dirty

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pp. 218-224

O

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pp. 225-232

On redbluegreen

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pp. 233-235

Oua

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pp. 236-238

Little

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pp. 239-248

Black

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pp. 249-259

The Raggedys

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pp. 260-264

Flies

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pp. 265-270

On

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pp. 271-274

Dollhouse

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pp. 275-280

Mouth

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pp. 281-283

On

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pp. 284-287

Once

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pp. 288-290

Fog

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pp. 291-294

Crying

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pp. 295-306

Ach

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pp. 307-312

Raggedy Andy

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pp. 313-314

Hes waking up

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pp. 315-320

Pinponpinponpin.

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pp. 321-324

There.

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pp. 325-334

A bibliography

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pp. 335-338

In gratitude

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pp. 339-341


E-ISBN-13: 9781573668392
E-ISBN-10: 1573668397
Print-ISBN-13: 9781573661713
Print-ISBN-10: 1573661716

Page Count: 351
Illustrations: 0 illustrations
Publication Year: 2013

Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth

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  • Human experimentation in medicine -- Fiction.
  • Science fiction. -- gsafd.
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