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Skinner Luce ❰BOOKS❯ ⚣ Skinner Luce Author Patricia Ward – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Skinner was what servs called each other It was because they were fake, their skins a disguise All around us, under most of humanity s very noses, lurks a dangerous alien race The Nafikh inhabit human Skinner was what servs called each other It was because they were fake, their skins a disguise All around us, under most of humanity s very noses, lurks a dangerous alien race The Nafikh inhabit human bodies while visiting Earth, and an underground system designed to disguise and protect them from being discovered allows them to indulge their wildest and often violent urges The circumstances of these brutal visits require the sacrifice of servsServs are aliens themselves, created by the Nafikh to attend to their every need Physically indistinguishable from humans, they are destined to live in pain, their very livelihood regulated by the Source, a powerful force of energy inside each of them that burns like a white hot fire under the stress of their servitudeLucy is a serv who arrived a baby, and by chance was adopted by humans She s an outcast among outcasts, dwelling in both worlds but belonging to neither For years she has been walking a tightrope, balancing between the horrors of her serv existence and the ordinary human life she desperately longs to maintain, her family unaware of her darkest secretsBut when the body of a serv child turns up and Lucy is implicated in the gruesome death, the worlds she s tried so hard to keep separate collide Hounded by the police, targeted in the dog eat dog world of servs, she ll find herself fighting to protect her family and the life she s made for herself Skinner Luce is Lucy s story.


10 thoughts on “Skinner Luce

  1. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    Brutal and bleak, Lucy s tale is one that doesn t even really need it s SF elements A lot of people find themselves trapped in a life that they don t deserve, one of few meaningful choices, doing things that they d rather not be doing It s just that in Luce s case she s literally been born to do the job she does as an alien servant of evenalien masters.Luce is a serv, appearing human but with a fiery source in her chest that causes pain when she s around other servs and evenpain wh Brutal and bleak, Lucy s tale is one that doesn t even really need it s SF elements A lot of people find themselves trapped in a life that they don t deserve, one of few meaningful choices, doing things that they d rather not be doing It s just that in Luce s case she s literally been born to do the job she does as an alien servant of evenalien masters.Luce is a serv, appearing human but with a fiery source in her chest that causes pain when she s around other servs and evenpain when she s around her alien masters Lots of servs have drug habits in an effort to deal with this inevitable pain It s not clear why the aliens made the servs that way, but it s typically cruel of them Luce s story is complex unique among servs she was raised by a human family so has a foot in both camps, which gives her expectations of a life that most other servs will never have But she is a serv, and for most servs there s simply no escape.Great writing with an impressive allegory to modern life, but really dark and bleak and horrible Not really what I read fiction for really, but understand that my rating isa reflection of distaste for what I m reading rather than the level of quality of the work


  2. Justine Justine says:

    4.5 stars Lucy is serv, or skinner, part of an underground network of beings who look like humans but are not Their sole purpose is to facilitate visits to this world by the Nafikh, which includes both protecting the Nafikh s true identities as well as preventing human casualties A serv s life is harsh and unforgiving, as the chances for survival for the long term are not high Lucy is different from other servs because she arrived on Earth as an infant and instead of being picked up by an ove 4.5 stars Lucy is serv, or skinner, part of an underground network of beings who look like humans but are not Their sole purpose is to facilitate visits to this world by the Nafikh, which includes both protecting the Nafikh s true identities as well as preventing human casualties A serv s life is harsh and unforgiving, as the chances for survival for the long term are not high Lucy is different from other servs because she arrived on Earth as an infant and instead of being picked up by an overseer right away, she was adopted by a human family She grew up having no idea who she really was, or why she suffered from a constant burning pain in her chest That pain is caused by the Source, the life essence of all servs, and is something that never goes away.Lucy doesn t have an ideal childhood, but she doesn t realize how lucky she is until it s far too late She ultimately ends up as all servs do, working Service jobs keeping the Nafikh happy during their visits by any means necessary, and just trying to live through the experience.Skinner Luce reads essentially like dark contemporary fiction but with an SF slant It s the story of a woman trapped by circumstances in a life she hates, wondering if she will survive long enough to just move beyond her day to day existence and live for herself As much as Lucy may not be human, her feelings of isolation and hoplessness, that desperate desire to feel special, and her vulnerability to the love and affection offered by a man which ultimately leads to self destructive decisions, are painfully recognizable But even as she falls low, Lucy is a strong character who is ultimately determined not to give in and shows remarkable resilience This is a visceral piece of storytelling that kept me riveted from start to finish Although it s difficult to describe it as anything other than dark, Lucy s story is ultimately one of survival, in circumstances where giving up seems completely understandable


  3. Dina Keratsis Dina Keratsis says:

    I loved the Bullet Collection and while this is a very different flavor of literature, the themes are the same and like Ms Ward s first book, this one stays with you days after you read the final word Loved it Lucy, like so many of us who feel like we don t fit in anywhere, most of all our own skins, that feeling of not good enough, is expressed so beautifully that the reader is very much in her shoes Like The Road or Cold Mountain, Lucy s journey is heavy and painful and hope seems very f I loved the Bullet Collection and while this is a very different flavor of literature, the themes are the same and like Ms Ward s first book, this one stays with you days after you read the final word Loved it Lucy, like so many of us who feel like we don t fit in anywhere, most of all our own skins, that feeling of not good enough, is expressed so beautifully that the reader is very much in her shoes Like The Road or Cold Mountain, Lucy s journey is heavy and painful and hope seems very far off But it s there Since I first read those Bordertowm Borderland as a teen, I always look for books that give me that same sense of possibility and although darker than those tales, Skinner Luce brought me back into those worlds I especially loved the setting as I know Boston and the surrounding areas so well that I knew exactly which bar in Porter Square Lucy was sitting in and maybe even the band she was listening to However, even those readers not from the area will appreciate the urban descriptions and lyrical writing.A wonderful book one I hope becomes a series


  4. Gina Gina says:

    Strange, bleak, and excellent Violent, but not in way that ever really felt gratuitous, although getting through the first couple of chapters was rough I didn t love the ending, but oh, well This is probably a strange comparison to draw, but I feel like if Edith Wharton wrote SFF, it might be something like this Maybe I d be remiss if I failed to mention that cover as well It s gorgeous and the reason this book ended up on my radar in the first place I do 99% of my reading on a kindle, so Strange, bleak, and excellent Violent, but not in way that ever really felt gratuitous, although getting through the first couple of chapters was rough I didn t love the ending, but oh, well This is probably a strange comparison to draw, but I feel like if Edith Wharton wrote SFF, it might be something like this Maybe I d be remiss if I failed to mention that cover as well It s gorgeous and the reason this book ended up on my radar in the first place I do 99% of my reading on a kindle, so it s not even like it makes a big difference, but I just love looking at beautiful book covers


  5. Amanda Amanda says:

    3.5 stars


  6. Juliana Juliana says:

    4 1 2 stars I loved this book


  7. Nicole Nicole says:

    I stumbled upon this book before getting on a long flight and absolutely could not put it down The story is horrifying in all the right ways, told with perfect pacing Lucy s predicament feels real and raw The story drops you at the bottom of a well and dares you to climb out This is a sci fi tale of a naive girl getting conned into a life sentence However, that bleak feeling you get from the start never really goes away The ending has our heroine slightly better off, but leaves behind her I stumbled upon this book before getting on a long flight and absolutely could not put it down The story is horrifying in all the right ways, told with perfect pacing Lucy s predicament feels real and raw The story drops you at the bottom of a well and dares you to climb out This is a sci fi tale of a naive girl getting conned into a life sentence However, that bleak feeling you get from the start never really goes away The ending has our heroine slightly better off, but leaves behind her suffering peers There s nothing wrong with that kind of ending, I was just expecting something a littleheroic and a little less doom and gloom.It s worth noting that this brand of sci fi leaves you with as much knowledge as the main character has And she never gets to the bottom of what s going on her own existence Not sure how intentional that was Maybe a sequel is in the works Also, I feel that the title was a bad choice I kept forgetting the title while reading this, as both words don t actually get used often almost all characters refer to her as Serv Lucy It feels disconnected from the story.That being said, I really loved reading this book, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys soft sci fi Just don t expect a YA hero who uses her inner strength to save the world This is a much darker story


  8. Erin Erin says:

    This book did not make a good first impression, but then again that s not due to any fault of its own so much as to the simple fact of being different from what I expected it to be To start off Lucy came off as really abrasive and rubbed me the wrong way, and was stupid enough to quite literally sell herself into slavery even after an accident of fate had given her a free pass and even though everyone and their pet goat was telling her No, what are you doing, you re not missing anything, we ve This book did not make a good first impression, but then again that s not due to any fault of its own so much as to the simple fact of being different from what I expected it to be To start off Lucy came off as really abrasive and rubbed me the wrong way, and was stupid enough to quite literally sell herself into slavery even after an accident of fate had given her a free pass and even though everyone and their pet goat was telling her No, what are you doing, you re not missing anything, we ve told you what it s like, this is incredibly stupid and a terrible idea And not to be incredibly nitpicky or anything, but there was also this She ll be thirty seven if she makes it out, which used to feel like light years away Light years are a unit of DISTANCENot time, distance After a while of reading, though well, of course Lucy is abrasive, and empathically shut down She s incredibly messed up, and considering the kind of life she s been leading, she s just been doing what she has to do in order to survive I don t know what I was thinking when I was expecting for her to be a cringing woobie, but in hindsight, yeah, it actually was a pretty ridiculous expectation While selling herself into slavery was still an incredibly stupid move, it is still clearly consistent with her character.The really good thing about this book, though, was that it made it clear, when one becomes deeply embroiled in a crime ring, just how hard it is to get out For all Bedrosian s lofty declarations of justice and doing the right thing , the reality of the situation is far messier, and just because the good guys tell you they ll bail you out and keep you safe, there s no guarantee they ll actually be able to keep you safe view spoiler In the end, he fails, on both counts not only is Lucy s family attacked by a goon who s out for revenge, Bedrosian s buyout doesn t work out either hide spoiler Overall, it s a really grim outlook on life, but that s also why it s so effective Despite the highly fantastical elements, it feels real, and gritty, and very much relevant to life as we know it


  9. Patrick Tibbits Patrick Tibbits says:

    So much about Skinner Luce said leave it on the shelf It is no space opera with beams glittering in void This book has no hard science, it is written from a very feminine viewpoint, the protagonist s relation with her mother takes up about a quarter of the plot, the sex is terribly off putting, and it evokes dread and hopelessness in the intervals between stark terror But in the first couple pages it grips, and does not let the reader go The plot blasts along, and in the rubble it defines th So much about Skinner Luce said leave it on the shelf It is no space opera with beams glittering in void This book has no hard science, it is written from a very feminine viewpoint, the protagonist s relation with her mother takes up about a quarter of the plot, the sex is terribly off putting, and it evokes dread and hopelessness in the intervals between stark terror But in the first couple pages it grips, and does not let the reader go The plot blasts along, and in the rubble it defines the contrast between love and indifference It is magically well crafted It is high art


  10. Jenn Jenn says:

    The premise is extremely engaging, but reading this book was like building a sand castle during high tide just when you think you re about to add a great part it gets washed away What I mean by that is that the author presented an interesting world but shafted the reader in regards to any meaningful resolution to the character arcs laid out If this is a series I d definitely give the sequel a chance, but as a solo entry Skinner Luce left me unsatisfied.


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