Publication: 9th September 2008/Simon Pulse.
Rating: ✮✮✩✩✩Buy It: Amazon | Kennys
"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 had it all. She was the perfect, all rounded, achieving daughter. She had a handsome boyfriend and was popular in school until the accident. The accident where she should have died but instead was saved by The Download. The accident she should not have even been in.
Skinned starts off a little confusing as you are thrown into the story without truly understanding what The Download is. The book contains 'technotalk' and lacks description of some of the technologies used. I was reading it and I felt as if I had missed the chapter or two that explained what was going on. Those chapters come eventually, maybe even a little to late.
Skinned lacks a enticing plot. There was only about two pages of action in the whole book. Sure, the story's concept is interesting but nothing exciting really happens. Nothing that truly builds Lia's character. All she does is lightly tread on the line of her old life and the new life she can embrace being 'skinner.' Some believe she has great personal growth in the book, but I did not see it. I guess this has to do with the book being a part of a trilogy. You need something to keep the readers reading. I, for one, will not be continuing the series.
Lia character is one that is more annoying than interesting. She seems to have a lot of repetitive thoughts that I do not want to read about...again. You know I lack sympathy for whiny characters and I get it, Lia deserves to be whiny: she was not meant to be in the car but she was and now it is her who lives with the consequences.
Skinned does not excite or intrigue but what it does do is raise some interesting questions about humanity and can we truly be replaced with machines in the future.
Wasserman re-released Skinned in 2011 under the new title 'Frozen.'