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Title : Spanners
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ISBN : 1490350012
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 376

Spanners The average human being lives from 0-80 sequentially. Spanners don't. These rare beings have different lifespans than the rest of us. Some live their lives in reverse, some live only six months, and some are immortal. There are hundreds of classes of spanners that live hundreds of different ways, and each class has a unique lifespan that gives them unique powers. SpannersThe average human being lives from 0-80 sequentially. Spanners don't. These rare beings have different lifespans than the rest of us. Some live their lives in reverse, some live only six months, and some are immortal. There are hundreds of classes of spanners that live hundreds of different ways, and each class has a unique lifespan that gives them unique powers. A few spanners find a way to live in normal human society, but most live in the shadows. There are some spanners that are extremely dangerous, and with the help of a mayfly-class spanner, an 8,000-year-old detective named Adam Parr is doing everythin


Spanners Reviews

  • Miriam Smith

    'Spanners - The Fountain of Youth' by Jon Maas is about a group of human-like beings called 'Spanners' who live on different timescales to us - some can live hundreds of years, others die young or age very quickly. Most live with us but some hide away. They all have their own unique special powers or abilities.Since I enjoyed Jonathan Maas' other novel 'Flare' I knew I'd enjoy this book, it is well written and although probably better suited to adults I do believe a younger generation would enjo [...]

  • G.G.

    Disclaimer: I won this book in a giveaway. Reviews are encouraged but not required. I decided to review this book on my own accord. Spanners: The Fountain of Youth should please any one who is a fan of superhero type stories. We follow the story of two groups of spanners: one who wants to destroy the world, while the other wants to stop them. I won't go into details but I liked that while I was totally against the villain's idea, the author wrote a plausible story. I could still somewhat unders [...]

  • Rasma

    It is like X-Men if X-Men had history and ImortalsIf X-Men had a more evil immortal Ponce dé Leon and a living tree that's what this book is except more awesome than X-Men. You ask how can anything be more awesome than X-Men well read the book and find out!

  • Birgit

    This book was kindly given to me by the author - thanks again.Spanners - humans with super powers of different kinds are everywhere on earth, some living among normal humans, some hiding in remote areas. A handful of them have to work together to save The Fountain of Youth from the clutches of an evil spanner, and thus save mankind.A good plot, likeable characters (even the evil ones), and a good narration style - this had everything to make it a really good book, and I quite liked it, but for s [...]

  • Crystal Gillespie

    This book starts with an interesting premise - that some individuals live different lifespans than the average human. It then goes on to explore the choices made by those who cannot die, both good and evil. While I liked the ideas in the book, I think some of the plot points could have been explained better. Overall, a fun and easy read!

  • Sarai

    Not what I was expecting This wasn't the story I was expecting but I really enjoyed it love to see more from this world good job.

  • Seregil of Rhiminee

    Originally published at Risingshadow.Because I enjoyed reading Jonathan Maas' first novel, Hellenica - City of gods, it was interesting for me to read his second novel, Spanners - The Fountain of Youth. In my opinion Spanners - The Fountain of Youth is a surprisingly original and enjoyable novel, because the author uses the legend of the Fountain of Youth as a basis for his story.It's easy to see that Jonathan Maas likes writing and storytelling, because Spanners - The Fountain of Youth is a fas [...]

  • Syd

    I received a free copy of this book through a first reads giveaway.I really wanted to like this one. Sounds like an AU earth with a hidden section of society that has super powers/abilities? Sign me up! At times this book did give me a slight X-Men/mutants uniting to save the day vibe. And I always love it when a book's plot connects to various points in history. But it wasn't enough to win me over.The storytelling was just too plain, more like a script or a detailed outline than a finished nov [...]

  • Joseph

    This book is yet again another testament of the brilliant artistry of Johnathan Maas. His ability to weave several story lines into 1 book amazes me. Spanners: Fountain of Youth,is a book about a group of individuals who have been granted specific abilities outside of the average human being; some live briefly, 30 days or less, but within that time can learn and achieve more than an entire nation combined. Some Spanners are built with the strengths of 10 men, some control fire and others can tak [...]

  • Joelene

    It takes a chapter or two to fully understand the characters and to get to know them (not a bad thing) but I found once I got into that and knew who was who and figured out what was happening, I loved this book! It was one of those few that could have gone in really any direction and I didn't have the first clue which one it was which made it that much more alluring and made me want to read more and pick it up more often then I was able to. I enjoyed that it was a different take on the world the [...]

  • Sharon

    I read this after Jonathon Maas' new book Flare. I did not enjoy it as much but can see that it is a very original tale, the story about people (Spanners) with strange abilities, some immortal, some not, all have various powers. It is basically a story of one Spanner looking for another and everyone looking for the Fountain of Youth who is another being. It would spoil the story to tell you too much. Anyone who enjoys vampire, myths, angels, mutant type stories would really enjoy this. I have gi [...]

  • Charles Ray

    Adam Parr is a detective, but a detective with a huge difference: he’s 8,000 years old and he specializes in dealing with a special kind of case. Parr’s cases deal with people who do not age like the rest of humanity—called, Spanners, they live on a different time scale than the rest of us.When Parr learns of the presence of the most powerful Spanner of all, and that individual’s search for the Fountain of Youth, he realizes that he must stop her in order to save the world.Spanners – T [...]

  • Patiscynical

    What a long strange trip it's beenSpanners live in vain. Scanners are a group of human-like beings that live on different timescales than us. Some live among us, some hide from us. I had my doubts about this, that the author could pull it off, but it is very well done. He makes the spanners seem real, that they could exist. He makes them believable.Adam is a spanner that has been alive thousands of years. An immortal, who is drawn into a fight for the planet against Ponce de' Leon, an immortal w [...]

  • Debra Jeakins

    Adam Parr is a detective of sorts; an 8000 year old detective and he's hunting for Juan Ponce De Leon who is also up there in years. They are just two of many SPANNERS. Ponce De Leon has been re-animated and is still looking for the Fountain of Youth ( I will NOT tell you any more on that subject)I have nothing but high praise for this book. This is the first and I hope NOT the last in the Spanners series as I am looking forward very much to reading more. Fair warning, it does take a few chapter [...]

  • Kagsy Wagsy

    I really enjoyed reading Spanners and allowed the story to unfold without the complication of having to understand the linear time element. Although a cliche save the world type story there were surprises along the way, enough to keep a relatively non sci-fi fan interested. Well written, with enough good description where needed. I think this book would appeal to readers from all age groups - well done Jonathan I received a copy of this book through a book club I am a member of in exchange for a [...]

  • Fany

    I received a copy of this book through a giveaway.It took me a little while to get into it but once I did it was a really fast read. The plot is good and the characters are likable, even the bad ones. At times it didn't feel like I was reading a book though, it kinda felt like a script sort of, and then I found out there's actually a film based on the book. To me the ending seemed a little rushed and it would've been nice to know a little more about the aftermath of the battle, but maybe there' [...]

  • Nickisha

    A coming of age tale for lovers of sci fiJonathan Maas, manages to capture the human experience even in the unlikely landscape of superhuman immortals. Teenage angst, middle-aged crisis and finding one's purpose is addressed in the race to stopping the end on the world. While fighting spider wolves, berserkers and a mad man in a quest for power.

  • Karen Alvizo

    It's an interesting story. You can see how each person believes is doing the right thing. Both good and bad believed to be heroes in their own world. As some want immortality and others do not mind living too. I would have liked to see a little more of the final battle but, in general, been a good book.

  • Melanie Wilson

    Took me a few chapters but once that far I had a grasp of what was happening. Sure wish I could find "The Fountain of Youth" Thoroughly enjoyed this book and hoping for a second.I received this book through a giveaway.

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  • Elaine Carass

    A very engrossing read, certainly keeps you gripped from start to end.

  • Brenda Schneider

    The characters are inventive, the ideas original, and the story was interesting. I received this book from Good Reads.

  • Amanda Gilliatt

    This book is great, to start it gives details of a few the characters,great adventure book,i love the character mayfly,it will defiantly be a book I will read again.

  • Ian Turkstra

    For most of the book I quite liked it. I feel, however, that it didn't really end. It was suddenly/unexpectedly over but did not feel fully wrapped up. It was like there should be another book - but there's not. This took away a few stars from what would have been a better rating and a better book!

  • dawn rahe

    Spanners: The Fountain of Youth (Paperback) by Jonathan Maas I love this book!!! It has EVERYTHING! Strong characters. A super plot- who would not love to find the Fountain of Youth? I fell in love with Mayfly. I am sure all the girls do I love Adam because he IS history and an Empath as am I. Dark antagonist with one who I had to toss a coin - Balthasar- he is so full of surprises.tyj

  • Julie Dawson

    Spanners: The Fountain of Youth by Jonathan Maas dabbles in theories regarding the nature of time and how humans perceive it. Humans experience time linearly, living our lives from age one through whenever we die and aging as we go. Spanners, however, experience time differently. Some age backwards. Others do not age at all. Some age back and forth. And this non-linear experience with time and age gives Spanners a host of unique abilities.Adam Parr is an 8,000 year old Spanner and detective who [...]

  • Whitney

    2.5 Personal RatingReview written for and published by Portland Book Review on December 29th:Spanners: The Fountain of Youth introduces a world similar to our own, with the addition of a race of beings called Spanners that live their lives with very different rules from our own. Some spanners die after falling in love only to be born again, some live their lives backwards, and others are immortal. One such immortal, Adam Parr, has caught wind that a dangerous and very old foe is back in the game [...]

  • Amie's Book Reviews

    Title: SPANNERS: The Fountain of YouthAuthor: Jon MaasType of Book: Softcover Length: 371 pagesGenre: Science FictionRelease Date: Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ * I received a free softcover copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.This book is simply BRILLIANT! The story is unique and the characters are utterly fascinating. "Spanners: Fountain of Youth" is a MUST READ book for lovers of Science Fiction as well as those who love alternative his [...]

  • Jennifer Tooker

    Full Disclosure – I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest reviewImagine having a lifespan of only six months? What would you do? What about being immortal? Would you use your time on earth for good or for ill?These are the questions that face Spanners – people who do not live their lives sequentially but in differing timelines and with different abilities, strengths and weaknesses. Spanners often look normal and integrate with society but others tend to sta [...]

  • Kay

    If Spanish conquistadors were immortal, there would really be problems. Even a few as in this book make events bad in a struggle between good and evil and what these choices really mean. Spanners are unique individuals with each type possessing both special powers and special weaknesses. Immortality may be a gift or special powers may include a severely shortened life. Personally I'm X-Men'ed out as well as the knockoffs hocking these types of 'young people' with special powers outside of societ [...]