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Skinned (Cold Awakening #1)

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  10,167 ratings  ·  932 reviews
Lia Kahn is beautiful, popular and destined for success. Until the accident that nearly kills her. Since her family is wealthy, they have access to the most cutting-edge technology: the download. Lia is still alive, but in a new body that only looks human. Now Lia need never feel pain again. She will never age, and as long as she backs up her memories, she can't ever truly ...more
348 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Simon Pulse
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Lia shouldn’t have been in the car in the first place. By doing a favor for her sister, she has changed her life forever. A one in a million chance. The navigation system in her car malfunctioned and she crashed head on with another car. Her body broken - her skin burning, Lia waited for help. Unfortunately, her body didn’t survive the trauma of the accident. However, her brain remained in tact.

Lia wakes up several weeks later to find that she is alive. She has been downloaded into a new body.
Wicked Incognito Now
Okay. I'm not going to finish this book, but it isn't because I don't think it's a perfectly acceptable book. It is. The writing is actually very good, and the author presents a lot of interesting questions about what it means to be "human."

This author has a compelling voice and the novel reads a lot like a Scott Westerfeld novel. Even the paperback size and cover look like an Uglies novel. However, Westerfeld draws the reader in much faster with rising action and character development.

I'm just
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Awesomesauce. It was really good. :] It started off a little confusing, but it had a very cool and sort of risky concept to it. By risky I mean that it could have failed epically; I see a lot of authors take on this kind of plot and then just sorta let it die, but Skinned pulled it off. Not only was it addicting and exciting, but it got me thinking too. There was more depth in it than I expected; it had a thought-provoking theme about identity, and what makes someone who they are – and not only ...more
I'm going to present this review in a series of half-explained gifs.

In the beginning, I was just casually reading through it.


And then I started getting into it.

I was enjoying the story and beginning to get irritated with everyone's constant blatant disregard of Lia and the fact that she was still human...inside.


Then the story moved onto Zo - or Zoie the Hoie as I like to refer to her - and of course, I hated her.

But it wasn't just your regular hate.

This was deep, burning hate that even the fier
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for

Lia Kahn was perfect. She had a perfect life, perfect friends, and a perfect boyfriend. She was popular and beautiful and everyone wanted to be with her and know her -- until the accident changed everything.

When Lia is in a fatal car accident, she finds herself awake in the hospital. She should be dead, but she knows she's alive. She can't feel her body, but she knows it's there. Lia has become the latest patient in the "downl
Okay, this book is confusing and boring. So boring that I'm not even going to bother finishing it. The beginning is kinda confusing and for the next couple hundred pages all the main character's doing is whining about her life as a machine.She describes how her life is falling apart and all I want to do is shake her and scream "GET OVER IT! YOU'RE A MACHINE! JUST ACCEPT THAT FACT AND STOP BITCHING AND MOANING ABOUT IT!" The beginning is interesting but it gets boring as the book progresses.

If I could have given this a negative I would. I know it's a bit harsh, and I understand that plenty of people like this book but it held nothing for me. Foremost the book does offer the interesting debate 'what does it mean to be human' but honestly I have a hard time thinking that the same people who predetermine the entire genetic makeup of their children would really be so opposed to a body that you can choose the qaulities you want AND live forever. The only thing that makes me understand w ...more
Dec 08, 2011 sylas added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to sylas by: Shannon
Shelves: ya
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May 21, 2011 oliviasbooks rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Adoration of Jenna Fox and Circuit of Heaven
This was a quite gripping piece of science fiction, right in the line of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series, Mary E. Pearson's The Adoration of Jenna Fox and Circuit of Heaven by Dennis Danvers.

All of these titles tackle the question of what is really needed to make us human, what should be scrapped up and remolded, when large parts of our body or our mind are gone - if we can that is, of if there should be a physical limit to holding up our excitence here on earth, of if we are allowed to tamper
We have two SF books featuring mechanically altered female characters in this year's Peach Consideration list. My problem is that it's been over a year since I read The Adoration of Jenna Fox, a shorter one that involves a new computer generated brain in the same basic body that the character had before an accident killed her mind--I think. In Skinned, Lia Kahn has an all-new, all-mech body that doesn't look all that much like her old self; but she retains her memories, personality, and tries to ...more
Apr 06, 2009 Sandy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
I have a whole bunch of thoughts about this book. This would be a great book for discussion in a book club. It brings up a lot of interesting topics. I won't even try to put all my thoughts into a review.

A lot of the time while reading this, I kept thinking of the movie Imposter.

Lia gets in a horrible car accident leaving her family to choose between life and death. To save her, her brain is downloaded into a synthetic body.

I was so frusterated, throughout most of the book, with Lia's sister, Zo
Alongside recently published novels like Unwind and the Adoration of Jenna Fox, Skinned is about a teen who has lost control of her own body. After a horrific freak car accident, Lia's body is un-salvageable. Her parents give the order to have her brain downloaded into a computer and she's given a newly constructed body, made of artificial materials. Uber-religious folks hate the "skinners," and believe they have no souls once their brains are downloaded. Lia agrees that she doe
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i nearly gave up on this book because of 3 reasons:

1) lia is a thoroughly irritating character. everything she does is so self centered and she can't understand anything. everytime someone tells her something that makes sense or she basically already knew, she denies it. and its not just a stage. it is the whole book.

2) it didtn feel like a story it felt like an introduction or prologue.
the story plots isnt something that should make a book this long.there isnt enough story to it.the whole tim
Yet another book I regret not reading sooner.

I loved this. Set in the future, where the entire world is living on technology we can't even dream about yet, Lia Kahn is in an accident that almost kills her. She is "downloaded" onto an artificial body, and everyone who knew and loved her now want nothing to do with her. To them, she is no longer Lia Kahn. She is now just a robot pretending to be Lia.

What I loved is no matter how advanced this world is, everyone is so quick to disregard the mechh
Oct 13, 2008 Angela rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Feed and Uglies
A very fast and exhilerating read - I couldn't put this book down despite being absolutely exhausted after my first day of work (and was almost late coming back from lunch on my second day because I spent more time reading this than eating...)

At first when I reached the end of the book, I was a little disappointed. I felt that the author had dropped in several interesting ideas and characters that never had their full potential realized - then I flipped to the front jacket flap and saw this is t
Inspired Kathy
What in the world is up with Young Adult literature? The F word was all throughout this book and premarital sex was openly accepted, embraced and expected. I would never recommend this book to a young adult or an adult for that matter - not that I didn't enjoy the book or love the story but simply because of the language and sex in the book.
The story reminds me of the Uglies/Pretties books. It's an interesting story full of interesting subject matter. I actually really enjoyed the story but I ju
Sometimes I'm really glad I read books I'm not sure I'll like. I was predisposed not to like this for two reasons, 1. It reads too similar to The Adoration of Jenna Fox and 2. I thought of the author as a series book writer (the 7 Deadly Sins)

At first, it seemed a rip off of other similar titles, but the more I read, the more I got sucked into Lia's story. I loved the character of Auden, his origin was believable, the ending is so shocking I literally got sick to my stomach. It's so sad!! Pleas
This was the most depressing book I have ever read and I NEVER want to read it again. From start to finish its a gut wrenching read. Nothing good ever happens to this girl. I only recommend this if you aren't looking for something to pick you up. it wont. It will make you cry and it wont make up for it at all. A little itty bitty break from the constant depression in this would've been nice.

I never want to read or think of this again.

Oh, to be clear, the writing and everything is great! Its ju
This was a recommended enjoyable book bordering on high end of YA Sci-Fi with the language, more adult words.

The premise of the story was good, character development was well done even though you wanted to smack Lia occasionally in her self absorbed obstinacy. Toward the end of the book she determined to start new, and leave the past behind, which then made me want to read more in this series.

The abilities in growth makes me want to see how much growth could be obtained in the following books.
Dec 29, 2008 Lilabet rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Lilabet by: scott
This has a good story to it, but is told in a stupid,pointless way. Also,it is depressing.
When I heard about this book from a friend, I knew I would love it. Dystopic society, human consciousness downloaded into a human replicate robot? Heck yeah. I liked Lia's narrative voice, and even though I doubt I would have ever liked her if I met her before her accident, I felt pity and admiration for her in the situation she found herself in. While the general population in the book finds it almost impossible to believe that Lia feels anything, I could feel the sorrow she felt at not being a ...more
There are many things I felt this book did right (the death and rebirth of Lia's life, her inability to reconnect with herself as a person and in society, etc), but I felt that the book failed in providing interesting supporting characters to read about. I love Lia as the main character though. Her no BS attitude on generally everything is a fresh thing to read, and I found that aspect both humorous and easy to connect with.

Zo is probably the most annoying character in the book, and will ultimat
Steffie Buechersammlerin
Meine Meinung:

Lia Kahn ist erst siebzehn Jahre alt, als sie bei einem schweren Autounfall beinahe ums Leben kommt. Doch hat sie wirklich überlebt? Schließlich erwacht sie in einem komplett künstlichen Körper, der wenig mit ihr gemein hat. Ihr Gehirn ist ein Computer, ihre Erinnerungen auf der Festplatte abgespeichert. Lia wird zu einem Skinner, einer Person, die einmal Mensch war und nun eine menschenähnliche Maschine ist. Sie verändert sich nicht, braucht keine Nahrung, altert nicht und kann au
Lia Kahn was perfect. She was popular, a perfect boyfriend, rich, and gorgeous. Then one day, Lia got in a accident that should have killed her. She wakes up to find out that she has been downloaded to a human-like robot. Lia is not pleased with the process and doesn't want to be a "Skinner".
Lia goes back to school and things have changed. Her friends have left her behind, because of what she has become. Her boyfriend is disgusted by her and starts going out with her younger sister, Zoe. Lia is
This review also appears on Gypsy Book Reviews.

OH MY GOD. Skinned was BRILLY. I read the first page quite a few times because the first paragraph is wonderful. I love it so, so much:

Lia Kahn is dead.
I am Lia Kahn.
Therefore—because this a logic problem even a dim-witted child could solve—I am dead.
Except here’s the thing: I’m not.

And the way it ends I freaking LOVE. I love novels that tie back to the beginning. There's no cliffhanger, but there are some loose ends. I need the sequels right now ju
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Lia Kahn is dead.
I am Lia Kahn.
Therefore — because this is a logic problem even a dimwitted child could solve — I am dead.
Except here’s the thing: I’m not.

Lia Kahn had the world. She was beautiful, driven and smart. Born blonde and blue-eyed from a gene depository hand-tailored by her parents, Lia was the kind of girl that the world revolved around – apple of her parents’ eye, darling of her high school, a sister, a friend, and a girlfriend. But then one day when she reluctantly
Lia Kahn died at 17 in a car crash. Her mind, however, was downloaded into a new body and now she's a skinner - a robotic life-form with the memories of formerly living person. Skinners are fairly new and very much feared and hated. The extreme religious right says skinners are an abomination and against god. Normal people are just creeped out by their almost, but not quite, real-feeling flesh, their flat eyes and the complete sense of other that skinners project. Lia is convinced she's still Li ...more
Paula Griffith
I cannot think of any set of sci fi sequels that have hooked me, but I think I am hooked on this one. Skinned so fits that stage of maturation (teens) of the development of a social conscience and personal values. It really hits hard at what society deems important and how superficial some of our values can become, and that is only the tip of the iceberg. Lia Kahn is "Miss Popularity" and a trend setter until she is not. Until the day of the accident. When she is on an errand for her sister, Zo, ...more
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The Outsmilers: Skinned - Robin Wasserman - April 5th (Lya & Tia) 96 24 Apr 11, 2014 05:21PM  
While reading this book did any one feel like an outcast just like Lia? I know I did. 2 11 Jan 20, 2014 01:31PM  
Is this a good series? 2 13 Jun 08, 2013 03:26PM  
Discusted or fascinated by skinners? 7 32 May 31, 2012 03:27PM  
Discusted or fascinated by skinners? 1 2 Apr 02, 2012 01:27AM  
Discusted or fascinated by skinners? 1 2 Apr 02, 2012 01:24AM  
Discusted or fascinated by skinners? 1 2 Apr 02, 2012 01:22AM  
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I'm the author of the Cold Awakening Trilogy (Skinned, Crashed, and Wired), Hacking Harvard, the Seven Deadly Sins series, and the forthcoming Book of Blood and Shadow. I'm also a crazed Stephen King fan and David Foster Wallace evangelist with an embarrassing list of Important Books I've Never Read But Can Bluff About Well Enough to Discuss at Cocktail Parties. I'm working on it.
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