Plot: Scaled is a layered and fiercely intelligent story that focuses on three very different high school students who are united by a common experience that results in a mysterious and isolating affliction.
Prose: Ashmore's prose is smart and smooth, with a convincing blend of authentic teen voices and a poised, mature writing style.
Originality: Ashmore delivers a highly unique YA novel with a deeply compelling premise. While anchored in the lived experiences of contemporary teens, Ashmore's story pivots into an engrossing and thought-provoking work of sci-fi that integrates ideas of self-awareness, otherness, and empathy.
Character/Execution: Each main character is afforded a distinctive voice. The impact of their shared bodily transformation is powerfully felt both individually and collectively.
Date Submitted: August 21, 2020