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Skinned (Skinned Trilogy)

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A book by Robin Wasserman

Grade 9 Up—In a high-tech future, Lia Kahn is a rich, glamorous, "it" girl at a prestigious high school. Then a car accident leaves her body mangled beyond repair. Rather than let her die, her parents take advantage of a new procedure that downloads … see full wiki

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Author: Robin Wasserman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
1 review about Skinned (Skinned Trilogy)

Character Driven Story (Skinned)

  • Jan 22, 2010
Rating:
+3
Fascinating premise that was well thought out, but which, unfortunately, wasn't exactly my cup of tea.

The story in brief: a girl is dying from an accident. Her bereaved parents, not thinking entirely clearly, has her brain sliced-and-diced and analyzed so that it can digitally placed into a mechanical body.

You might be thinking that Lia, our protagonist, would be thankful to be 'alive', but that's not the case. For in fact, being 'skinned' and made one of the possibly-living is a sort of Frankenstein experience.

Talking Points:::
Robin Wasserman does a superb job describing the process by which Lia, our protagonist, wakes up. How she struggles at first to get the interface right so she can once again move and see. And then how she subsequently struggles with the aftermath of looking differently, and being perceived differently. Lia's family dynamics are absolutely painful to observe, and I love that Wasserman doesn't hold back. She simply does a wonderful job of making Lia's reactions to her new self painfully believable.

I also love the scifi aspects of this book, as well as the intelligent way that the personal drama and philosophical arguments were described and explained. It really was possible to see both sides of this argument for and against the use of this technology.

Where the book and I part ways was that, at the moment at least, I was in the mood for a book with more action and perhaps a bit less teen-age angst. All in all though, a well written book that ought to be enjoyed by readers looking for an intelligent vision of an alternative future. The caveat being that they have to be looking for a book that is character driven.

Done in first person.

Pam T~
reviewer, Good Books-Kids to YA
(booksforkids-reviews.)

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