professornana (professornana) wrote,


So, here I am in Iowa looking out at the Mississippi from my hotel window. About an hour ago, a humongous river boat took off from the dock here with the calliope playing a tune I cannot recall right now, something southern for sure. I spent this afternoon nursing an oncoming cold and reading this book:

Once again, I will note that there are a ton of dystopic novels out there right now. SKINNED (Simon Pulse, 2008) is no exception. Lia's life is perfect. She is one of the in crowd at school, the one that sets all the cool trends. Her boyfriend is totally cool, too. Then, in one moment, her life changes. An accident leaves her so severely injured that her parents arrange for her brain to be scanned and inserted into a new body.

In this futuristic world, there are those who have and those who do not. Some live, as Lia, in communities where every need is met. Others live in corp towns where, in exchange for their right to vote and right to adequate health care, their basic needs of food and shelter are met. Still others live in the cities, now ruined as a result of the nuclear war, where there is nothing. This future seems eerily real given all the economic turmoil recently. However, Robin Wasserman has created a future where there is more at stake than wealth and poverty. Religion and faith and what it means to be human: deep philosophical issues arise in this YA novel, too. It is totally absorbing and one that. along with THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, THE HUNGER GAMES, and EVA among others are certain to lead to discussion.
Tags: dystopias, futuristic novels, ya books
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