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From the author of The Seven Deadly Sins series and Hacking Harvard comes a riveting reality-based science fiction novel that Scott Westerfeld called "spellbinding."

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.
Edition: PB
ISBN: 9781442420380


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Jul 02, 2016

This book was pretty good, but not the best. Overall Lia is kind of self centered, and that is a trait I HATE in main characters. Surprisingly, I actually like her sister Zo, who comes to realize that Lia isn't the same person she used to be. I think I would have liked this book a bit more if Zo had been the main character and had been telling the story through her eyes. For example, Lia is rudely awakened by finding out that Zo had made friends with her old friends before the accident, and had stole her boyfriend. Understandably, Lia is kind of mad. But what was the girl suppose to do? They were all worried about her, and they became friends over the month she was out. I feel like maybe this would have made a better story. But overall, I'm actually wanting to read the second book in the series.

afzalupal Apr 08, 2014

In my opinion this book was pretty bad. The beginning was okay but after that I had to force myself to keep reading, the other two books I couldn't bring myself to read

bidbid Aug 27, 2012

The first half of the book was a bit agonizing having to read through the main character Lia's shallow and self-centered lens; however, it helps contrast the life she used to lead with her new reality. Lia's inner transformation felt believable. In the middle the story really picked up as we discover more about the dark reality of the world outside her bubble. I found the concept and the storyline intriguing and am looking forward to the second book in the trilogy.

Dec 22, 2011

This series is amazing! Very surprising at times, but all in all, the character interactions are delightfully realistic. The sci fi was a bit creepy, but suspenseful. I definitely recommend this series!!!!


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afzalupal Apr 08, 2014

afzalupal thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

bidbid Aug 27, 2012

bidbid thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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bidbid Aug 27, 2012

Sexual Content: Sex is referred to, and there are some make-out scenes.

bidbid Aug 27, 2012

Coarse Language: The coarse language isn't frequent, but the big 4 letter word is there a few times.


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bidbid Aug 27, 2012

Book 1 of a Trilogy:

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.

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"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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