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  Booklist Review

The sequel to Skinners (2008) relies heavily on the character development, premise, and action of the earlier story. Now that Lia, in her state as a mech (a synthetic human), has found a community of similarly abled and yet vitally lacking teens and young adults, the action becomes political, while Wasserman continues the lines of philosophical and ethical debate. It seems that there is not only the capacity for romance between mechs but also the ability to betray, repartner, and rescue each other. Fans of the first episode will want to continue to explore the brave new world of the Grippers series.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2009 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Before Lia Kahn became a "mech," with a teenage body made of synflesh (Skinned, 2008), she loved chocolate and stroking her cat's silky fur, but now, six months after a deadly car crash, these sensations are only memories that her mechanical sensors can't replicate. In this fast-paced futuristic sequel readers are quickly caught up with Lia's history, which includes the downloading of her brain into a mechanical body and her rocky departure from life with "orgs," which includes her still very-alive family. Trapped in this synthetic body, Lia now lives on a protected compound with fellow mechs all searching for something to make them feel. When a series of unexpected events snaps Lia from the comfort of the compound she is forced to reconnect with her past in a deadly endgame that challenges her assumptions about the humanity of mechs and orgs. A thought-provoking bioethical conundrum that raises difficult questions about the definition of life, this text will intrigue and entertain readers. (Science fiction. YA) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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