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Publisher Description

Hailed as "original and unsettling, an Animal Farm for the new century" (The Wall Street Journal), this first novel lingers long after the last page has been turned.

Described as a "fascinating psychological thriller" (The Baltimore Sun), this entrancing novel introduces Isserley, a female driver who picks up hitchhikers with big muscles. She, herself, is tiny--like a kid peering up over the steering wheel. Scarred and awkward, yet strangely erotic and threatening, she listens to her hitchhikers as they open up to her, revealing clues about who might miss them if they should disappear. At once humane and horrifying, Under the Skin takes us on a heart-thumping ride through dangerous territory--our own moral instincts and the boundaries of compassion. A grotesque and comical allegory, a surreal representation of contemporary society run amok, Under the Skin has been internationally received as the arrival of an exciting talent, rich and assured.

Mysteries & Thrillers
July 16
HMH Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Customer Reviews

Ssedpi ,

Under the skin

Very good read and concept. I'm going to get the movie. I've. Never seen a better " humanization "of an a alien. Interesting society. Third world except for space travel. Possibly a stand in for u.s.

Peter Onigan ,

Enjoyable but not focused

The story is intriguing and engaging, as is the central character. There are a huge range of ideas touched on without really committing to any of them. The central characters path doesn't quite gel at the point she finally decides to make a change.

Antwon Rappaport ,

Captivating, Unique

I began reading this as soon as I'd gotten home from seeing UNDER THE SKIN in theaters. Let me say at the outset, if you haven't yet seen the movie go see that before reading the book. It's such a head trip, and so fundamentally different, it's best to approach it without preconceived notions.

So anyhow, I really enjoyed this. Whereas the film is quite cutting edge, similar to UPSTREAM COLOR and Nolan's INTERSTELLAR, the book is very much your typical sci-fi yarn...and this isn't a bad thing. The first third mirrors in some ways the narrative we see in the film version but as the story presses on we descend further into the protagonist's perspective, get more of the behind the scenes, what she's up to, etc etc. Here things get a little pulpy and UNDER THE SKIN becomes a true genre piece rather than the work of literature it may have been. But it all works out in the end for better or worse. If you're a scifi fan by all means read this book. It's something different and you'll like it. But for those who've seen the movie and expect the novel to mirror the tone and etc...you'll be disappointed. The movie bears only perfunctory similarities to the book. It's almost a stretch and an injustice to say they both came from the same well of inspiration, but if you approach them as two separate worlds orbiting the same star then they're easy to appreciate on their own merits.

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