Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This is a YA novel by Robin Wasserman.
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.
Skinned is a good book - but it made me very angry.
Lia Kahn was in a horrible accident. The doctors could not save her body - but her brain was salvageable. Lia's father makes the decision to have her brain downloaded into a new body - and the results are a disaster.
Skinned is set sometime in the future. Technology has been invented that, with enough money, anything is possible. You can stop the ravages of time and disease, fix almost all imperfections in the womb and even order DNA sequences that guarantee the eye and hair color, sex, IQ and athletic abilities of your unborn children.
With all of this technology - the family dynamic is lost. I felt awful reading Skinned - my heart went out to Lia. Against her will she was altered in a way that made it impossible for her to fit in anywhere....even in her own home.
I am looking forward to finding out what happens to Lia in the next book - Crashed, which is available now.
I give Skinned 4 out of 5 stars. :)