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Wired [Paperback]

Robin Wasserman

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4 Aug 2011
One year ago Lia Kahn died. A few days later she woke up...She had a new body which was mechanical, unfeeling and inhuman. She had a new family ~ other 'mechs' like her, who didn't judge her for what she could no longer be. She had a new life, one that would last forever. At least it was supposed to...But now everything Lia thought she knew has turned out to be a lie; everyone she thought she loved has been stolen away. And someone is trying to get rid of the mechs, once and for all. Lia will risk everything to save herself and the people she can't live without. But not before facing one final truth: she can't save everyone. In the tradition of Scott Westerfeld comes the third and final book in this riveting and edgy science fiction novel which raises questions of mortality, technology and morality.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (4 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857072315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857072313
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,168,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wasserman creates a convincing and imaginative dystopia that her characters fill with action and a wide range of human emotion." --"Kirkus Reviews"

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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A flat ending to a great sci-fi series 29 Sep 2010
By J. Prather - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I really liked Skinned and loved Crashed even more! With those two books, the author did a fantastic job of combining unique characters with ethical dilemmas that made you think, and especially in Crashed, lots of pulse pounding action. When I read Crashed, I simply could not put it down. The collection of characters, the confrontations with the Faithers/Brotherhood and Lia's relationship with Riley all made for compelling reading. Having said all that, I was very disappointed with Wired. Gone was the compelling action, and in its place we have lots of angst and dialogue about lying or not lying, guilt, and lots of other things that I thought my tough girl Lia had risen above. I don't want to spoil the plot, but I felt that some of the key revelations and intrigue were just handled so clumsily that they were not dramatic at all. The author seemed to have a good story here, but I was just so dragged down by all the incessant inner dialogues about things that ultimately didn't matter that I never felt the drama or tension.

The characters didn't seem familiar to me at all in this one. Gone was Jude's acerbic wit and Riley's quiet strength. Lia often came across as weak and muddled, something not seen before. This story needed a bigger cast. It seemed to distance itself from the intrigue of what was going on with the Brotherhood, and I wanted more mech's in the mix. I was just left wanting more from this story, and feeling frustrated. Best to end with Crashed. The great science is still here, just not the great storytelling. Not a recommend.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, poor ending. 10 Nov 2010
By Sean L. Gilley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In the first book of Robin Wasserman's trilogy, we are presented the question of what it means to be alive. Lia has been injured so badly in an accident, she won't survive, so her parents make the decision to place her into a mechanical body. Is she actually still alive, or not? In the second book in the series, more and more people are beginning to believe that these people in mechanical bodies are not really alive, and there is a group called "The Brotherhood" which is trying to prevent further mechs from being created.

In this, the third book, the stakes are still higher. Mechs have been declared property, with no real penalty for their destruction. And The Brotherhood is doing worse things.

As a whole, I'd have to say I found Wired much more interesting than Crashed. The book seems to have a clearer purpose, and while we lose much of the questioning about what being alive means, it's overshadowed by the basic need to stay alive and to continue to stay alive, something in question throughout much of the book.

There are a couple of major revelations, one which finally explains the fathers words near the end of the first book, and one that, at the time, while perhaps horrible, seems otherwise unimportant for much of the book. Zo finally becomes a fully drawn character in this volume. We never really knew her before, and what we did know of her, we rarely liked. But here we finally get to meet her and judge her on more reasonable terms.

The book moves very quickly and is a quick read, and I very much enjoyed it.

Until the last few pages.

The ending of the book is abrupt, and barely foreshadowed. (If foreshadowed at all.) All of the sudden, the story becomes something entirely different than what we've been reading. It would be correct to say that it is a happy ending, but it is so unexpected that it doesn't fit any of what came before. It also seems to be an easy way out of the dilemmas which the characters are in -- everyone will be safe and happy due to this ending, but it's an entirely unsatisfying end to the series.

If you enjoyed the first two, then go ahead and read the third. But be aware that the ending doesn't really fit the rest of the series. (And, by the way, doesn't leave much room for another book to be written, either.)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 6 July 2013
By Carrie Tait - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Read all of them! I teach and love reading and recommending to students. Books like this are great for getting discussions going about the future, technology, and what government should and should not get into.
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful, thought-provoking conclusion to this series 21 Jun 2013
By Karen A. Wyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The suspense has been building throughout this series, and the apparently-final book rarely lets up for a moment. New and startling light is shed on some of the revelations in the previous books. The resolution will leave many a reader wondering how to feel, as well as what might happen next, after the cover closes.
2.0 out of 5 stars Wired- R. Wasserman 30 July 2012
By It'sLiz! (and family...) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
MY REVIEW:
Not again. Not another trilogy, series, sequel, whatever gone wrong. Out of all three Cold Awakening books, this has to be the worst. It's a sad shame too, because in the beginning, I was tres' eager to start Wired after reading Crashed, eager to see what happened in the end. To be honest, Ms. Wasserman should have kept it at Skinned and moved on, because the rest of the trilogy was just blah. So-so, okay, safe, boring, fill in the blank here with your word of choice____.
Lia has finally grown up, which I thought would never happen. Immediately, I began comparing Lia's feelings now to her previous ones, and in Wired she has finally come to terms that she is a mech, and she wants, and will, save all mechs and help them all peacefully co-exist with orgs. Lia could often go on, pages after pages, ranting about whether life is really life, just like she'd done in Skinned. Only this time, I didn't have much patience for it, having read two previous ones just like them.
Jude never really grew out of his distaste for orgs, his pact with Riley & Ani, though never revealed, is said to be extremely important to him. In Wired, he appears very determined, very hopeful. Though by the middle of the book most of his plans become irrelevant, no longer useful, and ultimately, abandoned.
Riley comes off as very vulnerable and unstable. He relies solely on Lia to inform him of the ending events in Crashed, and often becomes very distant with Lia. I find their relationship a little complicated, considering that Lia never fully explains anything really, about how they'd "made it work" considering Riley's replacement. They have a very interesting relationship, laid-back, but certainly not carefree. Sometimes it looks as if Ms. Wasserman wanted to start something with Lia and Jude, but left it unfinished, left it hanging.

Zoie seems different here. Strong, definitely, but more of a "I'm trying to prove you wrong" strong. She is constantly trying to prove to Lia that's she's something more than just her little sister.

In the end, I feel like the author killed or immobilized character after character until it became easy and obvious to guess who did this, who committed that, making it somewhat predictable. Killing off characters little by little did nothing for this novel; it just took away from the "shocking" bits.
Let's talk about the ending. Two words. HATED IT. Something about the way Ms. Wasserman worded it, about the way she wrote the whole entire ending that made no sense whatsoever. It was like she had a draft for it, an opening idea, but never wrote the details, never took the time to write a full, mind-boggling ending. It was like a sketch of a painting with no paint, whatsoever! Unfinished, not fully thought done. I questioned Kiri's role in the ending, no questions were really fully answered as to why she was on the ship in the first place, why she deceived everyone...WHY. Maybe I'm stupid. Maybe the ending was actually fully written and made perfect sense. Maybe I just didn't comprehend it the way it was supposed to have been read. I can't tell you if that's true, because I have no idea, but I re-read the ending a few times, and I came to the conclusion that Lia is gone, leaving Zoie and Jude. Riley's coming back, and there will never be another Lia. But her brain is still alive, looking, waiting, watching.
MEMORABLE QUOTES:
"I was watching, and I would get them home."
"I was Lia Khan, once. I was a girl, an org. And then I was a machine, a copy.
I was confused.
Before."
"I remember who I was; I remember everything. I remember what Lia Khan used to want, what she used to need. I remember who she used to love. But remembering is not experiencing."
"I can save them all. And I will. Whether they want me or not."
"Just make them love you."
"It was proof that we still made sense." [Speaking of Riley and Lia's relationship.]
"Maybe real was a matter of perspective."
"If we were memories...this Riley was different."
RATING: NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL.

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