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Shattered (Cold Awakening #2)

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Before the accident, Lia Kahn was happy.

Before the accident, Lia Kahn was loved.

Before, Lia was a lot of things: Normal. Alive.

Human.

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, carefree life, wi
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Published September 8th 2009 by Simon Pulse (first published August 27th 2009)
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Hannah
Jun 27, 2013 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book a while ago and was less than thrilled. I couldn't get interested in the characters. I didn't care about them and I found the main character (Lia) to be irritating. I don't like starting a series and not finishing it so I decided to give Crashed a try.
The concept of the series is interesting. The philosophical argument of what makes a person a person: brain, body, soul? I wanted to like this series. I just can't get into it. The author also sometimes doesn't clarify who
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Paula Griffith
Mar 03, 2011 Paula Griffith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is official. I am hooked on this trilogy. Lia Khan has left her family and moved in with the "mechs" who are living on Quinn's estate. She's integrated into Jude's group that is carefully watching The Brotherhood of Man's rise to power complete with a temple, an old advisary, Savona, leader of the "Faithers" who has recruited a new poster boy, Auden. Jude sends Riley and Lia to a corp town to pick up some tech gadgets, and they are caught up in a bio-hazard situation that killed many in the c ...more
Svenja
Mar 18, 2016 Svenja rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Schade, den ersten Teil fand ich so toll, weil es mal so eine ganz andere Geschichte war.
Die Fortsetzung ist aber total langweilig und ich konnte mit Lia nichts mehr anfangen...
Amelie
Sep 14, 2015 Amelie marked it as abgebrochen  ·  review of another edition
Ich habe wirklich versucht, wieder in das Buch zu finden. Bis zur Hälfte habe ich es geschafft, aber dann war leider vorbei. Vom ersten Band war ich nicht so begeistert, weil ich die Protagonistin an vielen Stellen unsympathisch fand. Das war hier nicht mehr der Fall. Dafür fehlen mir aber sympathische Nebencharaktere. Die meisten waren nämlich miese, kleine Egoisten, denen man am liebsten was vor den Kopf gedonnert hätte. Das hat auch die Liebesgeschichte zum Problem gemacht. Übrigens auch wied ...more
Tanya
Ok, this book was irritating. I found myself wanting to punch the majority of the characters. They're all selfish, self-sabotaging, whiny & liars. In the first book, I was a little annoyed with Lia's self-absorbed rich girl attitude, but thought maybe as the series went along her character would develop a little more maturely. And no, she's not obsessed with her social status or being the hottest girl anymore, but only because she has no social status as a mech & can't revel in her beaut ...more
Tamora Pierce
Nov 22, 2009 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-ya-yr
It took me a little longer to get into this one than I expected, and for all I know that was on me--maybe I was tired from traveling. The second time I picked the book up it sucked me right in, and I put it down only reluctantly after that. I liked it as much as SKINNED, and given how much I liked SKINNED, that's saying a great deal.

Lia is trying still to adjust to life as a "mech," a human consciousness downloaded into an android body. Now she is beginning to see how manipulated people, those w
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Rachael
Jan 05, 2010 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lia Kahn has given up on her old life. She’s accepted what she is, a mech and not a human. She’s left her family and their home to live with others like her. They live a crazy life without rules or boundaries, searching for ways to defy their programming so that they can feel and dream. But though Lia tells herself that she’s gotten used to it all, that she doesn’t care about her past anymore, she’s lying because there are people from her background she’s not willing to give up on. When Lia’s pa ...more
Jake Rideout
Jul 13, 2009 Jake Rideout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Crashed, sequel to Skinned, the stakes have gone up. Lia has been in her mech body for long enough to know that some things will never change, and others will never be the same. She is trying new things and attempting to get used to the fact that many people don't think she is a human being. She is also experiencing firsthand the politics of a biomedical ethics uproar. Where Skinned is mostly introspective, Crashed is full of action. There's also a VERY satisfying romance, and we get to know ...more
Stephanie
Sep 18, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"But without hope, there's no point in fear." - Crashed by Robin Wasserman is a fresh, exhilarating and not to mention, a creative read. The gripping sequel following "Skinned" takes place in the future, with advanced bio technology. It centers around a teenage girl, Lia Kahn, and her friends the other "mechs." What are mechs? Mechs are, essentially, life-like machines. Lia Kahn died six months ago. Lia Kahn came BACK, six months ago. But this time, she came back as something not human, a Mech. ...more
Carrie Slager
Feb 17, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robin Wasserman is an amazing writer, yet I did not like Crashed as much as I liked Skinned. I’m not entirely sure why, though. The characters develop more, the plot is a bit more interesting and we learn a lot more about Lia’s world. Yet it somehow fell flat for me, which is probably my own fault for having unrealistic expectations after reading Skinned.

Lia has changed a lot since the first book, no doubt about that. She and the other mechs live on the fringes of society, far away from the priv
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Annwynbeneaththewaves
Alright, I don't know what the fuck happened to Lia in this book but dayum! bitch did a 180!
She is still kinda bratty and spoiled but she was badass! no more complaining or wanting to be normal. She left that shit behind and just became this character like is this the same one I was reading about last book? I don't know why my 13 year old self gave up on this book because I will sleep myself.
There were some flaws though, like the book kinda dragged on but then after all the action happened it l
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Donna (Jaevenstar)
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Katieb (MundieMoms)
I just received a copy of the ARC to read and wow, it's sucked me right in. It's really good so far.

**I loved this book. This was way better than Skinned. I wasn't a fan of Skinned, but man did I enjoy this book. I can't say much, but I will say there are lots of twists and turns and I can't wait for the next book.
Francy Cabrera-Paz
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Lena
Oct 05, 2014 Lena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*sigh*....this book was just....yea.
Granted it was the second book in the series (which I didn't realize) but still. This girl was so contradictory. Perhaps if I'd read the first book it would make more sense. As a stand alone book though...I just really didn't like it. I did like the characters Riley and Jude, however the secrets these boys hold are just... it doesn't equate to her build up of it... like. And then Jude...well I actually really do like Jude's character. He's about the only one
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Deana
Dec 30, 2014 Deana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, sci-fi
Shattered continues where Frozen left off. Lia, struggling to deal with life in a synthetic, mechanical body, leaves her organic family to live with other "mechs" on a compound where they get to live out their greatest fantasies. After all, if one of their new bodies is destroyed, their consciousness is simply downloaded into a new body, allowing yet another fresh start as well as the potential to live forever.

But Jude, the quasi leader of the mechs, doesn't feel right to Lia. He is obsessed wi
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Susan
Jan 17, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Lia Kahn and friends continues. Conflicts arise between the mechs and the orgs and just what is happening at BioMax? The reader learns more of this future world where the minds of people are preserved to live forever or do they?
Melissa
Jul 04, 2014 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, it managed to get worse than the first.

I didn't hold high expectations for this sequel and yet I was still disappointed - Lia was still irritatingly self absorbent. The concepts within the book became too ridiculous for me to simply let go of.

It was... okay. I just don't believe a book that has been written with such sensitive issues in mind should be written for young readers. I was childish at the same time as it mentioned sex.

I hated just about every character in this novel. Not helpf
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Inspired Kathy
Jul 30, 2014 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
I received the ARC of this book and really enjoyed it. It is better than Skinned. Totally unpredictable and sucked me into the story.

Content: teenage sex, language & lesbian relationships
Sarah
Lia the teenaged robot keeps telling herself that she has come to terms with her new existence, but all she ever does is argue with Jude, the charismatic leader of her mech-head community. Then, on a mission into a human town, she witnesses a terrible attack that changes everything between mechs and orgs. Shattered by shocking revelations about her family, friends, and society, Lia realizes she will have to develop an emotional strength to match her physical indestructibility in order to overcom ...more
Cassandra
The story is definitely better than in the first book but all the people still suck. I would have probably given it 4 stars if there was a character you could root for, or at least one that isn't an annoying ass. But nope. And there's still no background information on like what happened to the world, BioMax, corp-towns, etc. At this point, I've stopped waiting for it.

For the record, I would have quit about 100 pages into the first book if I wasn't doing that reading challenge thing (and I wasn'
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Niki Hawkes
Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.nikihawkes.com

Because I've owned the beautiful little hardcovers of this series for several years now, I decided it was finally time to read them. Well, I guess you can say it was finally time to read them again, as this was my second time through the first novel, Skinned. While I enjoyed Skinned immensely more this time around, it still left me feeling depressed. I decided that if I was going to tackle the series again, Crashed better offer some sort of silve
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Jen
The sequel to Skinned, Crashed takes the action to a whole new level. The whole theme of this book reels you in and makes you think and question which is always fun. What does it really mean to be human? Are we really making our own choices or only what we've been programmed to think and feel?

The characters in this series are really well written and even though you may not like all of them, it's clear what motivates each to the decisions they make throughout this book. Lia's reactions are wonder
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Jill
*Review is kind of spoiler-ish*

I forgot how much I disliked the first book in this series until I read my review of that one tonight. I liked this one better, but it's nothing I would recommend. The characters are better developed and the story seemed to roll better. I appreciated that the language wasn't quite as harsh but it was definitely still there. Why did I pick up this book? I guess I'm still fascinated by the premise that you could pack up someone's brain and stick it in a life-like rob
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Meagan
I read the original book in this series over a year ago and saw that this author had continued the series. It reminds me of one of my favorite spec. fiction authors, Nancy Kress, and her "Beggars" series. Those were excellent books about the future.
This series was okay, neither bad nor great. It has an interesting take what would happened had we figured out how to transfer our minds into a mechanical body and therefore live on forever. It is not such a bright future in Robin's world. Even the fa
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Stephanie
Feb 12, 2010 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
All I can really say for Crashed was that it took me forever to read because I was so easily distracted with other things that made this book seem not so important. I'm not sure if it was because of the dramas I was watching during the time I read this book or what but Crashed, for me, wasn't as exciting nor as intense as the first book, Skinned.

I felt the characters were lacking as well as the plot. The only good thing about the plot was some of the mysterious aspects that came up throughout th
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Issam
An improvement over the first book. Where 'Skinned' is really just an origin story, 'Crashed' is a better representation of this futuristic society, showcasing the many layers of lifestyle, structure, technology, and politics in Lia's world, both as an 'org' or a 'skinner'. The corporate/political conflicts involved here were also much more dramatic and larger in scale this time around, and the implications and growing tensions of those displayed by the public were interesting to read.

I also wan
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Becky
Jul 06, 2010 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After I finished Skinned, the first book in the series, I was looking forward to the second book but wasn't really sure what to expect. Now, having read Crashed, I can say that I am seriously excited about the upcoming release of book three (Wired, due out in September). The characters are wonderful, the plot just keeps getting more intense, and the themes just sort of worm their way into your head and refuse to let go.

Lia's interactions with Jude, Riley, Ani, Auden, and her family are all very
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Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
Crashed is the second book in Robin's Skinned series. I really loved the first book Skinned and I had high expectations for the sequel. However, I have mixed feelings about it. The first 100 pages started out a little slow for me, their were times where I struggled to get into the story. But, eventually I started remembering how much I enjoyed Lia as a character. In the first book she had a tough time getting used to the fact that she no longer was human. In Crashed, Lia has grown to accept that ...more
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