Hannah graduates from middle school on Friday. That’s the day she transforms into a living puppet, like her parents and teachers before her. No longer a human girl made of flesh and feelings, but a perfect wooden new self, whose strings lead up from her limbs into an endless black void above. With no pain. No sorrow. No sickness. No fear.
But Hannah has begun to suspect that something is very, very wrong. And in a world where emotion is treated like a disease, and unknown terrors lurk inside everyone, just keeping your soul alive past childhood might be the greatest challenge of all.-from back cover
Puppet Skin Review
Puppet Skin was an odd book to read. Good, but odd. It was my first foray into “bizzaro horror” so I really had no clue what to expect. Right away the basic premise makes you raise an eyebrow, but that’s not even the best/weirdest part. Danger Slater treats it as a fact of life that it is perfectly normal that when kids reach a certain age, they’ll be injected with puppet feed and turned into living puppets. The only thing that’s normal about it is that the main character, Hannah, is rebelling against what the adults expect of her.
So, when that’s your normal, and it’s a horror story, you know things are going to get weird – fast. And they do. Boy, do they. Puppet Skin has some excellent gross images written into it. I didn’t just curl my lip in disgust while reading this book. I outright said “Ewww, grossss!” on more than one occasion. There’s this scene in a playground that is the definition of weird, gross, and disturbing. It’s not the kick-off to things getting strange, but it’s at that point that you realize the author’s just ratcheted it up another notch or ten.
Bizarre and disgusting, Puppet Skin will definitely please those who enjoy the literary intersection of creepy and weird. Everyone else? Well, get yourself some Irish courage, and sit back to get introduced to a world that will either fascinate you or …. put you in therapy for night terrors. Get it now on Amazon.