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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1506188222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1506188225
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,810,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is is an outstanding and highly original book. It starts as a compelling story about a vulnerable man trapped in his paralyzed body. He silently witnesses both compassion and cruelty of his caretakers without an option to either say thanks or complain. He finally finds his way out of his skin cage, and his journey is full of disappointment, hope, love, understanding and many unexpected twists.

Since Danny’s story is told in the first person narrative, and since Nico Leaser is an excellent storyteller, I found it frighteningly easy to imagine what it was like to be trapped in a helpless body incapable of even the most basic communication. For this reason, I found reading the first part of this book very uncomfortable -- which was a good thing. It only made me realize how insignificant my own problems were. Yet as Danny found his way out of his skin cage, the story became more adventurous and full of hope.

One of the themes of this book was becoming someone else. I could see this idea on many levels. Not only did I as a reader have a chance to become Danny for a brief moment, but Danny also became someone else more than once. Sometimes it was quite literal and involuntary, but at other times he just tried to empathize with someone who was even less fortunate than he was. The story made me realize that we’ re all trapped in our skin cages to an extent, though most of us are lucky to be able to communicate. Sometimes the only way out may be to enter another skin cage. To me personally, this message has a deep symbolic meaning of connection and empathy as the way of our own liberation.

The book has a powerful ending that provokes many deep questions.
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Another reviewer got it correct when he said this is an emotional roller coaster and a thought provoking work. Imagine waking up and not remembering your past. Knowing you did something, but not knowing why. Looking in mirrors and seeing a reflection of a foreign body that does not match your sharp mind. Imagine a world in which Friday mornings are your favorite, not because it is the end of your work week, but because it is a day which provides an open door to another world, a place to which you can escape.

The story is intriguing, and I read more quickly as I delved deeper into it. Normally I detest first person/present tense work, I usually find it distracting. In this book, the first person sucked me in like a vacuum. Some scenes are heart breaking, others sad. Much of it will leave you intrigued and hoping. None of it will leave you wanting.
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This was a breath of fresh air; I had just finished reading the critically acclaimed ‘All the Light we cannot see’ - a book I personally thought was overblown and trying too hard – and I really needed the concisely written and interesting story which I got with Skin Cage.

I love when I find gems in the Indie writer sector, and this writer is truly in a class of his own – beautifully written prose and a highly original story.

Skin Cage is the masterfully crafted perspective of someone who has locked in syndrome; and considering this is quite a daring subject to attempt, the writer manages to hold the reader’s attention throughout, and I can honestly say I was riveted to the last page, which as it happens leads to an intriguing and satisfying conclusion – highly recommend this book!
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I will try not to give any spoilers because this was a terrific text, and I highly recommend anyone looking for a quick read to pick it up. For one, the chapters are very short, which caused me to stay up late two straight nights repeating to myself "just one more chapter then I'll go to sleep."

For a short text, Nico really managed to create a dynamic environment. Within the first chapter we are introduced to four very different characters (two of whom are very deep and one is intriguing for being a complete jerk). The protagonist, Daniel, fights for a sense of identity throughout the text. Nico did a great job differentiating how the world sees him, and how he sees himself. Even with the small details like the name (what he calls himself and what the characters around the protagonist call him). It created a unique conflict because the entire time Daniel was so close to saying the things he wanted to say, and being the person he wanted to be, but just physically could not do it.

I really do not want to give anything away because it is definitely a must read. All I will say is that you will feel every emotion imaginable while reading this text, and I really really hate a certain male caretaker.
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I'll start by using the F-word. Flippin' great read. What a clever and original story. I can't possibly refer to the plot without completely giving it away. This is an original piece of writing that held more than one surprise for me. It is not the usual type of book I would read but it caught me right from page one and never let go. The book for me comes in three parts and is well written. Nico Laeser tells the story of Daniel, (that's all I can say) in the first person and initially I had no idea where it was going. That is the beauty of the book. The transitions within the story are handled with aplomb and it is truly well crafted. I have to say it is one of the best books I have read in some time. I am officially a Nico Laeser fan now and I will be looking for more from this stylish writer.
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