Robin Wasserman is the author of Girls on Fire, an NPR and BuzzFeed Best Book of the Year. She is a graduate of Harvard College with a Master's in the history of science. She lives in Los Angeles, where she writes for television.
Gr 9 Up-In Robin Wasserman's sequel (2009) to Skinned (2008, both Simon Pulse; Brilliance, 2008), Lia Kahn has been forced to make the adjustment from a rich, popular, shallow high schooler to life as a "mech" (a mechanical replica of the human body) after a terrible car accident. In the mech world, there is no death, no work, no life, no point. Lia has moved to a mech compound where she will not feel like the outcast she has become in her home and at school. Abandoned by friends and family, her life consists of meaningless days of giving tours to new mechs arriving at the compound and being trapped in the mind of the old Lia. The religious extremists catapult her world into chaos when her face is broadcast on screens everywhere as the person responsible for causing the death of humans. As she begins a search for the truth, friends become enemies and she has to learn to move from her self-imposed isolation to trusting her new mech friends. Reminiscent of Mary Pearson's Adoration of Jenna Fox (Holt, 2008; Macmillan, 2008), this futuristic tale's thought-provoking plot will engage teens trying to make sense of the world around them. Kate Reinders gives Lia an authentic voice, except when she moves from normal dialogue to the "techie" voice is somewhat distracting. While this fast-paced, riveting story can stand on its own, most teens will want to begin with the first title in the trilogy.-Jeana Actkinson, Adjunct, Educational Service Center, Region XI, Ft. Worth, TX Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.