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Monday, October 12, 2009

Book Review: Crashed by Robin Wasserman

Crashed by Robin Wasserman
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Simon Pulse
Pages: 448
From: Store Bought
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Summary: 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, without rules and without fear. Because there’s nothing to fear when you have nothing left to lose. But when a voice from her past cries out for revenge, everything changes. Lia is forced to choose between her old life and her new one. Between humans and mechs. Between sacrificing the girl she used to be and saving the boy she used to love. Even if it means he’ll hate her forever.

My Review: 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 she is a skinner a.k.a. a copy of herself with a robot body. She became a strong, confident skinner who understood that her brain is the same, but her body is not. I also, enjoyed the blossoming relationship between her and Riley. I didn't really expect that so it was nice to see Lia open up romantically with someone in her new form. I enjoyed the sequel but, I wasn't blown away. It had great action especially towards the last 100 pages and Robin's writing is beautiful. I truly hope the third book surpasses my expectations. Overall, I recommend the Skinned series if you want to read YA science fiction.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Author's Info:
Robin Wasserman is an American young adult novelist. In addition to other books, she is the author of the Seven Deadly Sins series from Simon & Schuster, featuring seven morally bankrupt teenagers in a small California town. Each novel revolves around one of the sins and each character's transgressions specific to that sin. Wasserman grew up outside of Philadelphia and graduated from Harvard University and UCLA. Before she was an author she was an associate editor at a children's book publisher. She is currently living in Brooklyn, New York.


Faye said...

I guess i should pick skinned back up! I love the cover. Great review!!

Rhiannon Hart said...

Glad you liked it, I'm fond of Skinned, though the tone is rather bleak all the way through. I'll be picking this one up.

iluvhersheys_andbooks said...

I was unsure on whether or not to read the sequal since the first book wasnt all there for me, but I think I might give it a try.

celi.a said...

I'm going to read Skinned some day's sitting in my to-read pile. :) And THEN I'll think about getting to Crashed! Good review!

Lilibeth Ramos said...

Need Skinned! *computer screen going green*

Kate said...

Maybe I should read Skinned first :)

Great review!

Kelsey said...

Great review! I definitely need to read the first book, too(:

Bookgeek said...

I really enjoyed Skinned so have this high up on my wish list

Kim said...

I actually hadn't heard of this one either. Very interesting! Thanks for the great post!

dentistry in Sydney said...

I guess i should pick skinned back up! I love the cover. Great review!!

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Haven't read this series but need to start!

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