Sunday, January 22, 2012
Skinned (Frozen) Book Review
Today I'm reviewing Skinned by Robin Wasserman. The reason I have Frozen in parenthesis in the title of this post, is because recently the book series' name and look was changed. I don't know why, but it was, I have the original copies (and personally I like them better than the newer ones... don't get me wrong, I like the new ones as well). Skinned is based in a futuristic world, where everything is basically virtual. For humans life is great, but for "skinners" (robotic forms of someone who has passed) life is full of ridicule, and hate. Lia Khan becomes a "skinner" after dying in a car crash. This book is the story of how she deals with her new life. Here is the synopsis from the back of the book:
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.
My first impression of this book was good, I liked the cover, it looked very futuristic and robotic to me (two things I'm very interested in). When I started reading the book, I was drawn in, the description of what it felt like to die, was amazing, and the description of what the Download was and what it took to accomplish it was very informative, and easy to follow. But then the book hit a wall. It happened when she was trying to rehabilitate... I know rehabilitation takes time, but it was very boring to me for about 50 pages. Then when she got out it got a little better, although I didn't like her attitude for most of the book. But it's understandable because she goes from being a popular girl to a "skinner". I didn't really like all the cussing either, I thought using so much of it was obsessive and unnecessary. I think the book would have been better without it, but that's my personal opinion. The ending of the book left me wanting more, I love the "skinners" and I can't wait to learn more about them in the next book. I give this book 3/5 stars because of the reason lifted above. I would definitely recommend this book to people who love futuristic novels. It's different than most futuristic novels, normally I would call them dystopians but this one is different somehow, so I'll leave it at futuristic. I liked it a lot, and I look forward to the next two books (Crashed and Wired).
Additional Announcement: Here is the cover of the newer edition of this book: