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[COVER ART] Wired – Robin Wasserman

US cover for Robin Wasserman’s Wired. Am still waiting for Crashed to be released here in Oz. Really enjoyed the first novel, Skinned. Fiction needs more mechs, y’all.

P.S. Maybe this isn’t the final cover, but I found it on Amazon nonetheless. Check out the tagline right above the title 😉

[REVIEW] Skinned – Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman
Skinned (Skinned, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster Pulse (US & CA: 9th September 2008 [Hardcover]/4th August 2009 [Trade Paperback]; AU: 1st June 2009; UK: 3rd August 2009)
US & CA Cover by Michael Frost
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In a highly technological world, humans still shy away from mechs in Robin Wasserman’s Skinned, the first part of a new trilogy.

The car crash was deadly. But Lia Kahn’s parents downloaded her brain and gave it a new body, and though she mostly looks quite human, others view her as a “skinner”, a mech. Or, as her new acquaintances call her, a machine.

Lia is frustrating, and there are moments when she needs to be slapped. She’s superficial, and considers herself above…well, everyone. Thus being shunned is a total shock to her, and she gets her comeuppance. But otherwise Lia thinks and reacts realistically. She does a lot of stupid things, but so do others. Heck, other people need to be slapped, too, and these characteristics stop this novel from being a 5-star read. But the content and plot are so fascinating that Skinned is well worth reading through all the way.

The world-building is richly enhanced, turning even clothing into a thing of technological wonder. Humanity, machinery, and how far each can go is put to the test and explored. For your bitchy teen fix, the supposedly secret relationship is blindingly obvious. Written in first-person from Lia’s point of view, she should realise it, too, but denial makes a fool…

Admittedly read during an hormonal time, I very nearly cried, and that rarely happens when books are involved. If you’ve read this, email me with your guess of when I was teary. (Please don’t do it in the comments here at the blog – let’s protect readers from spoilers.)

Theology, philosophy, science, technology, medicine, relationships and self-discovery combine to create this engaging and thought-provoking futuristic story. But be warned that one’s eyes may leak…

September’s release of Book 2, Crashed, can’t come soon enough.

[COVER ART] Skinned (UK) – Robin Wasserman

UK (and Australian) cover art for Robin Wasserman’s Skinned. Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

6 New-to-Me Futuristic YA Novels

You know that “Amazon Recommends” thing, where it recommends you books based on your Wishlist and what you’ve previously marked as “Read” and rated? Usually it’s clear that the function doesn’t understand me, but it’s finally come through with the goods – six futuristic YA novels that I’d love to read, particularly the mech ones. And now I’m spreading the word. I’ve updated Most Wanted and Reading Wishlist with the relevant info.

Gemma Malley
The Declaration (Surplus, Book 1)
Bloomsbury (US & UK: August 2008); Allen & Unwin (AU: October 2008)
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Anna Covey is a ‘Surplus’. She should not have been born. In a society in which ageing is no longer feared, and death is no longer an inevitability, children are an abomination. Like all Surpluses, Anna is living in a Surplus Hall and learning how to make amends for the selfish act her parents committed in having her. She is quietly accepting of her fate until, one day, a new inmate arrives. Anna’s life is thrown into chaos. But is she brave enough to believe this mysterious boy? A tense and utterly compelling story about a society behind a wall, and the way in which two young people seize the chance to break free.

Gemma Malley
The Resistance (Surplus, Book 2)
Bloomsbury (US: Sep 2008; UK: 4 May 2009); Allen & Unwin (AU: October 2008)
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The year is 2140. Peter and Anna are now living on the Outside as Legals. Impatient to see action as an agent in the Underground, Peter is tasked by Pip, its charismatic leader, to infiltrate Pincent Pharma Corporation and find out what’s going on in the secret Longevity programme. Peter must feign a reconciliation with his grandfather, Richard Pincent, one of the most powerful men on the planet, whose company is chasing the holy grail of modern science – a drug which will reverse ageing and make people look young again. But his grandfather has his own plans for Peter – plans which threaten the young couple’s dreams for the future.

Susan Beth Pfeffer
Life As We Knew It
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US: 1 May 2008)
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Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Dead and the Gone
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US: 2008)
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An asteroid hits the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. In New York City, seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales’s parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, and he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.

Robin Wasserman
Skinned (Lia’s Story, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 4th August 2009; UK: 3rd August 2009; AU: 1st June 2009)
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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.

Robin Wasserman
Crashed (Lia’s Story, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 8th September 2009)
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Months have passed, and in that time, Lia has joined Jude and his roving gang of mechs, an eclectic collection of bored teenagers looking for trouble, and uniquely capable of finding it. It’s a carefree life at first, but as the download process becomes more common, the opposition to the process becomes more vocal – and more hostile. Lia gets swept up in the idea of being a revolutionary and fighting for a cause, but as the plans escalate, she starts having second thoughts – especially when she figures out Jude’s real agenda. Yes, he’s loyal to his cause – fiercely, desperately, blindly loyal. But only to his cause. Not necessarily to his people. In the end, Lia must make a choice. How many people – mechanical and organic – is she willing to hurt to protect her freedom? How far is she willing to go to protect the people she loves? And, when she betrays Jude – as she eventually realises she must – how will he take his revenge?