Saturday, 31 March 2012

Skinned/Frozen by Robin Wasserman

(Renamed by the Author)

Before the accident, Lia Kahn was happy. Before the accident, Lia Kahn was loved. Lia was a lot of things before… She was normal, alive… and human. 
But Lia no longer believes in before. Six months after the crash that killed her, six months after being reborn, Lia has finally accepted her new reality. She is a machine, a mech, and she belongs with her own kind. It's a wild and carefree life, without rules and without fear. Because there's nothing to fear when you have nothing left to lose. 
But when a voice from her past cries out for revenge, everything changes and Lia is forced to choose between her old life and her new one. How many people - mechs and human - is Lia willing to hurt to protect her freedom? And how far is she willing to go to protect the people she loves?
In the tradition of Scott Westerfeld comes the second book in this riveting and edgy science fiction novel which raises questions of mortality, technology and morality

Its hard to be trapped in Lia Kahn's mind but it is harder to be trapped inside a mechanical body.

My first thoughts when I saw the old cover, which is the one I own by the way, is that its beautiful.  The girl on the cover is beautiful and those lines on her face thus make her look mechanical. The new cover with the new name on it on the other hand is more beautiful! But it thus make you wonder what is the connection of those watery legs to the story? Is that supposed to be machine? Or a deeper meaning that represents the story?  What about the title? Why change it? The old title, Skinned, represents the opposite of what Lia had thought of those people who were downloaded unto a machine, they called them Skinners, machines who are posing as humans. But as Lia experienced the downloading process, she knew that she was "skinned" out, from her old body.  I do agree thou that the title Skinned, makes the book sounds like a horror story. The knew title Frozen has a deeper meaning, but it is easy to understand on why the title has been chosen for this book. Simple, being downloaded unto a machine and to never age and die, makes you "frozen".

The characters, Lia Kahn, a very strong heroine, who was thought well by her father. She is well aware about the changes around her since the accident. She accepted those changes, from her sister, to her friends, to her boyfriend and to the new life that awaits for her. Auden, Lia's only "org" friend and her hero. A very sweet boy, who cherishes his mother's memory. He is the only reason why Lia is still connected to her humanity. Jude, the leader of skinners/ machines / mech-heads. Afraid of the past, and afraid to get close to people. Zo - Zo, Lia's little sister. She changed herself after her sister's death, she treats the current Lia, as an outsider.  

What I love about this book is the moral values with in its pages. Who are we to say, that things that surrounds us doesn't have a soul? What does it mean to be human? This book made me question a lot of things. 

The pacing, slow but full of raw emotions! I can't help but to feel sorry for Lia.

The writing, love it! While reading her writings, you can truly feel the emotions and scenes and especially the pain.

5/5 stars! A truly wonderful read! Gives great emotions, you'll truly laugh and cry.


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