Monday, June 21, 2010

Review: Skinned by Robin Wasserman

Title: Skinned
Series: Skinned
Book #: One
Author: Robin Wasserman
Source: Library 
Published: 2008

Lia Kahn was perfect: rich, beautiful, popular -- until the accident that nearly killed her. Now she has been downloaded into a new body that only looks human. Lia will never feel pain again, she will never age, and she can't ever truly die. But she is also rejected by her friends, betrayed by her boyfriend, and alienated from her old life.

Forced to the fringes of society, Lia joins others like her. But they are looked at as freaks. They are hated...and feared. They are everything but human, and according to most people, this is the ultimate crime -- for which they must pay the ultimate price.

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Amber's thoughts:
If you're in the mood for a heart-wrenching read, then this is your book. I wouldn't say that I didn't like it, but I kind of felt that it was a little too depressing for me. Lia was sort of wallowing in self-pity throughout the entire book. Not that I don't feel for her- because I do- but it makes for a slightly boring read when the main character is miserable all of the time. 

The concept of "skinners" fascinated me. While it wasn't completely original, Wasserman portrayed the idea of mechanical people in a new and exciting way. The author never goes into detail about some of the mechanics, but I was able to piece together the information on my own. The futuristic world that Lia calls home is also filled with techno-gadgets and funky language. I've always enjoyed reading about futuristic technology, and I had fun with Lia's gadgets.

This book puts some tough moral dilemmas to the test. Is Lia truly human? Or is she just a machine with no heart and no true feelings? Thought-provoking issues are around every corner in this novel; do souls exist? If so, where do they live? I was a little disappointed about not receiving a definite answer about Lia's humanity. Still, there are two more books in the series. Maybe I'll find what I'm looking for there.

Skinned definitely showed potential. I have high expectations for the rest of the series, which I hope to read as soon as I can. If you have an urge to dwell over the meaning of life and mortality,  then by all means, pick this read up. 


1 comment:

Cindy said...

Hehe, the cover sort of creeps me out. It sounds like an interesting read, too bad you didn't like it too much. Great review :)