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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  973 ratings  ·  101 reviews
A strange virus is sweeping the globe. Humans have become allergic to one another. Simply standing next to somebody could be a death sentence. A kiss could be fatal.

Angela is a woman trying to get by in this bewildering new world. Though she still lives with her husband and children, they lead separate lives. Confined to their rooms, they communicate via their computers a
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by Legend Press
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I want to thank NetGalley for sending me and advanced digital copy of this book.

"People shopping. People looking. People moving. People stopping.
All races, shapes and sizes.
Pressed together. Mushed together. Mixed together.
Merged and funneled and sheltering from the rain.
And the sweet awful stink of it all. Expensive perfume mingling with cheap aftershave. Fresh coffee and stale cigarettes. Minty breath and morning breath and garlic breath and dog breath.
All of us breathing each other's air. St
Gumble's Yard
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-ntb, 2019
I read this book in 2019 - 18 months later it looks ridiculously prescient which has lead me to move it up a ranking as it now (despite its cliffhanger ending style) makes a fascinating comparison to our own world - as unlike most pandemic style dystopias this is a book which is almost entirely around lockdown and not around the pandemic.

Something I deliberately did not bring out in my original review (largely to avoid spoilers) is the rather strong hint that the government also rather likes the
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m delighted to be the first person to review this book. I’ve read and liked all of Brown’s books. So much so that when this one showed up on Netgalley I requested it without reading the plot summary and read it (gasp) without checking the page count first. Which is essentially something you can do when you’ve come to rely on the author to tell a good story in a reasonably economical way. And sure enough, Brown delivered once again. This time a dystopia. Oddly enough thematically linked to the ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an awesome book. Pacey, unique and imaginative, I was sucked in just from reading the blurb! What more can I say? Brown delivers a fantastic dystopian read and I hope that there is going to be a sequel.

The idea of not being able to touch anyone for fear of death is an unusual idea for a post-apocalyptic, dystopian read. It creates a powerful read as we are introduced to a family living together but in complete isolation. Trapped within their bedroom walls, this new way of living is only
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really enjoyable book, a dystopian future of a world and its people almost destroyed by a virus. It is like they are allergic to each other and so have to isolate from every other living soul in the world including their families. Scary stuff eh!?

It was well written and the world itself was described well, in some ways an easy read, it was a bit bleak but the protagonist, Angela had a nice way of speaking to us and it was kind of chatty and informal which I liked. I liked her, she see
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The most accurate way to describe Skin is a dystopian nightmare that is a dream to read. Once again Brown has produced an interesting, poignant and timely story with an all too real scenario and a questioning of those with all the power e.g. the government. Here, people must live isolated, compartmentalised lives with the only connections allowed to be made being via technology. Given that face-to-face human contact has dropped significantly in recent years it's not difficult to see this as a pl ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok, I have to say that I am not usually someone who reads dystopian stories, but this one captured my attention when I read the blurb. I do like to read about viruses and strange diseases. So it was up my alley. I was caught between a rock and a hard place, but my curiousity won.

From the first page I was sold. I really was into the book straight away and I loved it.

I can't imagine how it would feel to have to live like those people had to, but on the other hand, if you want to survive, sacrifice
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Skin is set in a dystopian future where physical contact can be fatal. Everyone lives in isolation, even families within the same house. On the very rare occasions anyone ventures from the safety of their homes it's via a decontamination airlock and in full hazmat gear.
The story follows Angela and her family through two time strands. The first sets the scene for this nightmare world, following them as they flee the city when the virus that caused this takes hold. The second picks up after they h
Facing a much more deadly virus than we do at the moment, in 'Skin' all people have to live in total isolation from each other, because human skin has become the host of the contagion. This is the story of Angela and her family - each living isolated in a separate room of the house, only allowed to go outside in complete protective gear, and even then only to fetch the new food delivery from the tent attached to their front door. They only communicate with and see each other via computer, mostly ...more
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm very pleased to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it would easily have gained 5 stars except for the fact that the ending felt a little rushed and too many loose ends/issues left dangling in ‘mid-air’. Obviously, this is a good trick when a story culminates to an "open to interpretation' end for the reader to decide for themselves, but this book felt that it just left just too many issues unresolved and hence, slightly unsatisfying - maybe in preparation for a planned 'Skin 2" sequ ...more
Alayne Emmett
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book, it was different to others of a similar vein but, my complaint that it was too short. Whether there will be others to follow on I would be very interested to read more.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one, it started out with real promise and I was intrigued by the unusual take on a virus that makes people allergic to each other.

I felt like the ending was rushed and although I'm happy with books that leave you wondering about certain things and not having every loose end tied up it seemed like there were too many things that were left unknown and unexplained. It felt like the author had started certain ideas in the storyline with no idea of where to go with them so kind of lef
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
three and a half dragons
Published May 1st 2019

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I used to be the weird kid that wanted to be stranded on an island with maybe one or two people. I adored and consistently reread The Island of the Blue Dolphins as a kid because the idea was so enticing to me. Then I discovered the zombie apocalypse. I was hooked immediately. I grew up poor so the idea of being able to just take food and necessities and okay, occasional luxuries wit
Heddwen Creaney
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fast paced thriller unfortunately a little too close to home right now! Liam Brown creates a world where a mysterious virus has bannished the world into their own homes. Predicting the mood of a pandemic pretty well (back in 2019), this book is not only interesting to read considering our own experiences of an outbreak, but it is well written and sharp, with a tight and controlled plot. Loved it. I never knew what the next chapter had in store for me - very entertaining.
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
brilliant. god I was just captivated. and very true to time at the moment. loved
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

The concept was really good, and is eerily similar to today’s events, especially whenever you look at how the virus started and how everyone ignored it to begin with.

I feel that the ending was wrapped up too quickly, and that’s the main reason for 3.5 and not 4 stars.

However, there’s scope for a sequel here and it would be nice to see that; especially one that reveals this is all a conspiracy.
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it

This was a book I didn't know if I should've read at the time -- it was right at the start of lockdown, and the book is quite literally about the effects of a virus that could wipe out humanity. Perhaps it was the fact that it was rooted in reality that made it so interesting, almost as if we could relate to the characters in a way. Hopefully, our situation doesn't escalate to this level, though! The ending was left wide open, I don't know if there's going to be a sequel. If not, the ending
Ross Cumming
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve had this book in my library for a few months now and with the way the current situation is with the Coronavirus I thought this might be the perfect time to read this novel as it’s central premise is very prophetic.
The novel is set in the not too distant future where a global pandemic has swept across the globe and rendered the world we used to know redundant. Angela and her husband Colin & their two teenage children are living in isolation, separately in their own apartment. Where each of t
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
This book was going so well right up until it didn't quite end. I felt I needed more to complete the story. Maybe it's setting up for a sequel where I will get some of my many questions answered? Maybe I am missing something and I am supposed to ponder the outcome myself? Either way, the book left me feeling a bit confused and unsatisfied which is a shame as, up to a point, I was really enjoying what I was reading.
The crux of the story is that there has been a virus unleashed on the wo
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 review part of publishers blog tour
My Thoughts:
Brown’s imagined world where humans have become toxic to each other is a very dark and foreboding place. Through flashbacks we get to find out how such a place has come to exist and how as a family Angela, Colin and their two children, Amber and Charlie have changed over the duration from the past into the present paranoid, government oppressed, state controlled world.

There are some interesting dynamics at play from within the family environment
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Skin is a post apocalyptic novel from Liam Brown, which follows a family after a virus not only kills most of the world population but results in the survivors being segregated for their own protection. The lead character is Angela, she is the mother of two teenage children Charlie and Amber and wife to Colin, it's her point of view we follow. Living in separate rooms of their house, food deliveries are automated, everyone works via the internet but the neighbourhood watch has a scheme that allo ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 Stars

Here we have a dystopian post-apocalyptic story set in England which manages to stand out from the crowd despite the over saturated market at the moment for these books.

The human race has been decimated by a deadly virus causing people to be deathly allergic to each other. For such a social species, this is less than ideal! The virus quickly wipes out the majority of the population but the story has a central focus of a single family and it written from the mother's point of view. The
Cen-sational Reads
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Today it is my opportunity to tell you all about this book ‘Skin by Liam Brown’ published by @legendpress .
This is the first time that I have ever read anything written by Liam Brown and it will not be the last. I was not disappointed.
It is a dystopian read and for me the way it has been left gives me the impression that there is a plan for a sequel or I could be wrong.
It is very well written and there is depth within the written,story and characters. It makes you think of was is the exact me
Susan Visser
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
The premise of the book is very relatable during our covid quarantine. In Skin, the government uses the virus to permanently shut people in doors. I can’t understand the rationale for something like that to happen.

The fear tactics worked extremely well. The residents figured out ways to quarantine every member of the family separately in a single apartment. Food, vitamins and antidepressants are delivered weekly.

As part of a neighborhood watch program, Angela goes for a short walk wearing a haz
Andy Parkes
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reading
Set in a near future where the world has become overrun by a killer virus so everyone has to stay at home....with the way of the world at the moment this obviously caught my eye.

It starts really well and sets up the characters and the world they live in so that you really want to know what's going to happen. Periodically jumping to the past to fill in some back story worked well too.

Then it became obvious where it was going which was a touch disappointing, especially when it didn't have a hugel
Pamela Scott
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

(ARC from @Legend_Press)

Skin is one of the best books I’ve read all year. I cannot recommend this book enough. I read it in two sittings because I loved it so much. This is one of those books you don’t want to stop reading once you start and you never want the book to end. I loved the premise and had high hopes for the book. I was not disappointed as Skin exceeded every expectation. Angela is the narrator and I loved her voice, she sucked me right into th
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I put this on my to-read list last year after its Not The Booker shortlisting. Had I read it last year I think I’d have enjoyed it but put it firmly in the the slightly lightweight, dystopian sci fi bucket. A killer virus rips through the world destroying swathes of society and those that survive live in isolated lockdown connected only by screens. It’s fast paced and stylistically simple which would have made for an entertaining, mass market piece of work.

Would have indeed, instead I read it t
Diana Harrison
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was published July 2019 and it reads as if its charting the course of the coronavirus in 2020. The thing I find amazing and fearful is the way it’s so easy to control and manipulate people by government and scientists and eventually instil self compliance by the population. No one questions or rebellion is so singular and sporadic that it can be controlled and squashed. A good book. A depressing future that is no longer futuristic.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I was looking forward to this. I read it as part of the Guardian ‘not the booker’ shortlist - I’m working my way through them all and this was the one I fancied the most from the list. The idea is great and I generally like post apocalyptic novels. I also find pandemics interesting in fiction (yeh, I know strange tastes!). I also think this is generally fairly well written and some of the elements which were developed in this infected world to create atmosphere did tickle my interest.

So overall
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Brown’s debut novel, Real Monsters, was published in 2015 by Legend Press. Wild Life, which the Guardian called "a compelling, chilling investigation into the dark instincts of masculinity", followed in 2016, while his third novel, Broadcast, was published internationally in 2017. Described by the Daily Mail as "a short, sharp and shocking update of the Faustus myth", the book was also optioned by ...more

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