Thursday, November 24, 2011

Skinned Review

368 pages

The Download was supposed to change the world. It was supposed to mean the end of aging the end of death, the birth of a new humanity. But it wasn't supposed to happen to someone like Lia Kahn. And it wasn't supposed to ruin her life. Lia knows she should be grateful she didn't die in the accident. The Download saved her--but it also changed her, forever. She can deal with being a freak. She can deal with the fear in her parents' eyes and the way her boyfriend flinches at her touch. But she can't deal with what she knows, deep down, every time she forces herself to look in the mirror: She's not the same person she used to be. Maybe she's not even a person at all.

Lia Kahn dies in an accident but isn't allowed to die by her parents. They bring her back to life as a robot not really thinking about what it may mean. Lia has to deal with everyone treating her differently and not seeing her as a person anymore. 
I think that this book was an excellent story. It showed the depth of people's prejudice and strength of beliefs. I felt so bad for Lia having to deal with everyone treating her different even though she didn't ask to be brought back. I wasn't a fan of Auden and I wasn't surprised by how his friendship with Lia turned out. I was glad when Lia finally came into her own and stopped trying to be just accepted by everyone that was normal. The question of humanity is a big one in this book and there's a lot of debate on what makes one human. 
All in all this was a great book. I definitely recommend it to those who like dystopian novels.


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