SNAKE SKINS, by Tim Major, Titan Books


An SF thriller examining the repercussions of rejuvenation and cloning on individuals’ sense of identity and on wider society.

Caitlin Hext’s first shedding ceremony is imminent, but she’s far from prepared to produce a Snakeskin clone. When her Skin fails to turn to dust as expected, she must decide whether she wishes the newcomer alive or dead.

Worse still, it transpires that the Hext family may be of central importance to the survival of Charmers, a group of people with the inexplicable power to produce duplicates every seven years and, in the process, rejuvenate. In parallel with reporter Gerry Chafik and government aide Russell Handler, Caitlin must prevent the Great British Prosperity Party from establishing a corrupt new world order.

Snakeskins is an SF thriller examining the repercussions of rejuvenation and cloning on individuals’ sense of identity and on wider society, with the tone of classic John Wyndham stories and the multi-strand storytelling style of modern TV series such as Channel 4’s Humans.

Out May 2019

416 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book is laced with sci fi and fantasy cross-over genre elements. Laced with politics and social aspects and filled with tension that grips the pages as your turn them. Very thought provoking. I found myself reading and pausing to think about what I’ve just read. Then I’d shake my head about Major’s insightful ability to provoke the deepest of thoughts from the reader. All your thoughts about cloning in the future will need to be reflected upon once you’ve read this book.

Soul shaking and at times surprising in its direction, Snake Skin, is a long read but one worthy of the time. Lots of action to keep you enthralled, and plenty of questions will surface about identity and what it truly means to be human.

If you liked the television series, Humans, then you’ll like this book.

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