Skinned by Robin Wasserman


Some miracles come with a price . . .

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.

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.

 This is what other authors said about Skinned:

“A spell-binding story about loss, rebirth, and finding out who we really are inside. This intense and moving novel will wind up under your skin.” —Scott Westerfeld, author of the Uglies series

“My favourite YA science fiction novel of the year.” —Justine Larbalestier, author of How to Ditch Your Fairy

Robin Wasserman has an interesting website where you can find out a surprising amount about her, from little details like the fact that she is a

writer, chocoholic, certified procrastinator, TV addict, sometime cupcake baker, and all-time world champion klutz;

but also about how she grew up in Philadelphia, and how much she enjoyed college

I went to college, where I: met a lot of amazing people, majored in the history of science, went to four football games (one each year), roasted mini marshmallows on the tip of a wire hanger, learned to ski (sort of), had a class with Elisabeth Shue, pulled three all-nighters, wrote a thesis about Timothy Leary and LSD, drank a lot of frappes, ate a lot of pizza, and got very little sleep. Sigh. I miss college.

She seems very approachable, and you can even email her at!

Robin is excited that her book has gone out to Australia and the UK. A special cover has been made for this, but for some reason our library has the American cover. I quite like this cover; what do you think?

Robin is one of those interesting authors who let us into more than their books by writing a blog. You can read her chatting away and sharing links here.

 If you want to read a great review, have a look at Karin’s blog here.  Karin says:

If you enjoyed the Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld, you’ll enjoy SKINNED.  The story is powerful and keeps you hooked until the end.

Skinned  is the first book in a planned trilogy. You’ll want to read the sequels to find out what happens next in Lia’s complicated existence.

Skinned  is a spell-binding, futuristic story filled with issues of medical ethics, family dynamics, and loss.

If you like to read predictions of the future and philosophize about the implications of ethics in science and technology, then Skinned is the book for you.


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