Lia Kahn was perfect: rich, beautiful, popular--until the accident that nearly killed her. Now she has been downloaded into a new body that only looks human. Lia will never feel pain again, she will never age, and she can't ever truly die. But she is also rejected by her friends, betrayed by her boyfriend, and alienated from her old life.
Forced to the fringes of society, Lia joins others like her. But they are looked at as freaks. They are hated...and feared. They are everything but human, and according to most people, this is the ultimate crime--for which they must pay the ultimate price.
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Lia wakes from a horrible car crash only to find she's not the beautiful perfect Lia she used to be, but a skinner a mech - a machine with her mind. She is forced to become acquainted with her new body that she hates, and tries to live like nothing's changed; but everything's changed. She struggles to come to terms with her new reality and her identity. Lia and the people around her question whether she's even a human, whether she's just a copy, or whether she's a machine programmed with the real (and dead) Lia's memories. In the process, she learns more about the reality of the dark post-apocalyptic world she lives in, which is very different than what she had been brought up to believe.
"What if you could live forever?
The Download was supposed to change the world. It was supposed to mean the end of aging, the end of death, the birth of a new humanity. But it wasn't supposed to happen to someone like Lia Khan. And it wasn't supposed to ruin her life.
Lia knows she should be grateful that she didn't die in the accident. The Download saved her, but it also changed her, forever. She can deal with being a freak. She can deal with the fear in her parents' eyes and the way her boyfriend flinches at her touch. But she can't deal with what she knows, deep down, every time she forces herself to look in the mirror: She's not the same person she used to be. Maybe she's not even a person at all.
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