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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,828 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Wasserman Narrator: Kate Reinders Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cold Awakening Series Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781423374725
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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.

The first book in a gripping series

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendyc78 Cook Boots | 2/14/2014

    " Good characters, plot. etc, unresolved ending. You can't just end a story, mid-story... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Jane | 1/26/2014

    " Listened to this one. Utterly fascinating, and I will definitely read the next one. And I do mean READ . . .the audiobook reader didn't really differentiate the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 1/18/2014

    " Blergh. It took me months to pseudo-finish (skimmed the last few chapters) this YA novel. I just couldn't like or dislike Lia enough to care what happened to her. One of my pet peeves for authors is when they have the character speak to themselves in the third person (i.e. Paint it Black by Fitch)-- many times Lia talked to herself about how she was "Lia Kahn" and that meant she was perfect, hot, tough etc. The problem is we never really knew that Lia Kahn. We only read about the spoiled, whiny, mutant Lia. I bought this and the second book at a yard sale, and they are in the "out" pile to the local used bookstore. I definitely don't want to waste time on a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/3/2014

    " Admittedly, I was already a huge fan of Robin Wasserman so I expected to admire this book and I did. The main character Lia Kahn allowed you to crawl under her skin and unfortunately it wasn't real. The reader questions whether Lia is likable in her old state or her new one and since it's a series I am anxious to move on to Crashed to find out how she begins to fit into her new scary world. Definitely a different look into another post appocyliptic (sp) America with a new twist on what people may be like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin | 12/31/2013

    " Well. I don't quite know what's going on with this series. There's a lot that I found intriguing about identity, embodiment, ability and belonging. There's also some serious ableism in here; a tragic ableist attitude towards actual people with disabilities, who are "saved" from disabled horror by the mechanical bodies. At the same time, there's a sense of body empowerment around accepting the new mechanical differences, some exploration of oppression, and a thread of resilience. It's confusing. But I am intrigued. And so I shall continue the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Echo | 12/25/2013

    " I'm just going to do the whole series with this one. These books were weird. They were about a futuristic society that has learned to put the human conciousness into a machine. They have done it to the teenage heroine of this book (who's name escapes me) against her choice & she has to learn to live with being a "Skinner" or "Mech". In learning to deal with a society that both fears & hates her kind, when she would choose to be anything but what she is, she finds secrets that the society wishes to remain secret. They were written in a Hunger Games type way, but not nearly as satisfying. The ending was a big fat downer. I really must have been bored to read the whole series. Blech! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andi | 12/21/2013

    " This one just couldn't hold my attention, and frankly, I really disliked Lia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashana | 12/12/2013

    " An interesting read. It's not completely original, but it definetely has something that makes it spark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 12/12/2013

    " Good for readers of Westerfeld. (Yes, this is not an innovative connection: he blurbed the front AND the covers look extremely similar.) I thought it was a well-wrought story, she does dialogue and teen emotions well. Overall, well done. I will be recommending it to teens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessi Jetter | 12/9/2013

    " Really awesome book that had me hooked from the first page. Can't wait to get started on the second book in the trilogy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Otzin | 12/3/2013

    " Honestly, I am a little freaked out about this book, the plot is good but the "machines taking over the world" concept is scary despite the fact that the writer made the book interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Dyer | 12/2/2013

    " Imagine Paris Hilton turned into an unloved robot. Cool ideas in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret McGregor | 11/27/2013

    " Another great story by a fantastic writer! Lia is someone I can really identify with. Like her, I do not feel accepted by a major member of my family and would love to do what Lia did - leave and look for a better life. Storytelling at its best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 11/24/2013

    " Totally loved it. Not sure what it was about it that I loved but I closed it at the end and was just thinking I wished it was longer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Desiree | 8/5/2013

    " Very interesting. Not sure if I'll read the rest of the triology. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Camilla Cleghorn | 7/11/2013

    " Didn't even finish it..which is RARE for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aretha | 3/28/2013

    " Written for younger teens (even though there's sex and cursing), but still an interesting concept. Enjoyed the book, but not enough to read the next 2 in the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autumn O'Shea Swan | 3/10/2013

    " Fablous. i think it really makes you think about life and the way things are. Really well done. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jackie(No Bent Spines) | 10/13/2012

    " my friend told me it was an amazing book, a must read, and when i checked it out, i was extremely disapionted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 9/25/2011

    " I was just thinking of how once they are skinners (i forgot what they are called) they can't die. Therefore, do they have a soul? When they are shut down forever, would that resemble them being in a coma, therefore not killing them? Wow, that would suck. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angélica | 7/26/2011

    " Hm...I was originally lured by the cover and the synopsis at the back. I put off reading it last year because I was busy, but when I picked it up again I lost interest. Maybe I'll read it again in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Cassavaugh | 6/22/2011

    " i enjoyed the way the author described everything in such detail.I would definitely recommend this book for anyone that might like sci-fi or from the future books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caligalla | 5/17/2011

    " absolutely LOVED this book!!!1 i cannot wait to read the next one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 5/15/2011

    " I really liked this book--Lea was a fascinating and entertaining character and as she was wondering whether or not she really was herself, so was I. The author pulled me in and did not let me leave until I turned the last page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandi | 5/12/2011

    " The beginning was really hard to get through with her denial and all the description but the end was really good and I cannot wait to see how lia's character grows in the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/10/2011

    " This was a pretty good book. It's about a girl who wakes up from an accident she should have died in only to discover that she is just a copy of herself created with a scan of her brain and a body that is really a machine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 5/9/2011

    " It was pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexei | 5/3/2011

    " An easy sci-fi read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 4/27/2011

    " Absolutely amazing. It's one of those books that causes an urge to continue reading. "

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About the Author
Author Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is an American young adult novelist. She has authored the teen novels in the Seven Deadly Sins series, the Cold Awakening trilogy, as well as Hacking Harvard and The Book of Blood and Shadow. She is also the author of the middle grade series Chasing Yesterday. She 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 lives in Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

Kate Reinders has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards for her audiobook narrations. She is an American musical-theater actress who has performed as lead and understudy in several Broadway shows and is best known for her performance as Glinda in the Broadway production Wicked.