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I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself

af Marisa Crane

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1985138,775 (4.13)Ingen
In a United States not so unlike our own, the Department of Balance has adopted a radical new form of law enforcement: rather than incarceration, wrongdoers are given a second (and sometimes, third, fourth, and fifth) shadow as a reminder of their crime and a warning to those they encounter. Within the Department, corruption and prejudice run rampant, giving rise to an underclass of so-called Shadesters who are disenfranchised, publicly shamed, and deprived of civil rights protections. Kris is a Shadester and a new mother to a baby born with a second shadow of her own. Grieving the loss of her wife and thoroughly unprepared for the reality of raising a child alone, Kris teeters on the edge of collapse, fumbling in a daze of alcohol, shame, and self-loathing. Yet as the kid grows, Kris finds her footing, raising a child whose irrepressible spark cannot be dampened by the harsh realities of the world. She cant forget her wife, but with time, she can make a new life for herself and the kid, supported by a community of fellow misfits who defy the Department to lift one another up in solidarity and hope. I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself is a bold debut novel that examines the long shadow of grief, the hard work of parenting, and the power of queer resistance.… (mere)
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This is very well done, though not what I expected going into it. Every review I've heard made it sound like this was about the child growing up with two shadows, but this is about the mother of that child learning to deal with her grief and shame. Excellent. Queer, brash, and only a little dystopian. ( )
  KallieGrace | Jan 18, 2024 |
[1.75] What began as an intriguing dystopian tale with enormous potential quickly devolved into a meandering, plot-challenged mess. Characters that initially piqued my interest became tiresome by the midway point. I called it quits shortly thereafter. I award 4 stars for the creative concept (I typically love dystopian fiction) and 1 star for execution. ( )
  brianinbuffalo | Jun 18, 2023 |
I loved this book. The prose was beautiful and poetic, and it was an emotional gut punch, in the best way possible. My one quibble, is I felt some of the timeskips in the second half through off the pacing, but overall I would highly recommend this book. ( )
  queenofthebobs | Mar 22, 2023 |
I picked up Marisa Crane’s I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself because its title amused me, wondering if it might be something like Murderbot or Robocop. The book turns out to be a dystopian novel that reminds me at times of 1984. A near-future surveillance state provides malefactors and misfits with extra shadows to let other people know they are not socially acceptable. It is unclear whether the shadows are actual surveillance devices or simply difference makers. The story also reminds me of the Vonnegut short story “Harrison Bergeron” in which talent and beauty are penalized in the name of equality. Here, the government serves a “Balance” that establishes social homogeneity as the ideal. Crane’s novel is heavy on theme and symbol but light on plot. A woman talks to the ashes of her dead wife as she struggles to raise their daughter. Mother and daughter both bear the stigma of extra shadows. The social themes are admirable, but I wish the surveillance technology were described more explicitly. 3.5 stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Feb 10, 2023 |
Review to come ( )
  xaverie | Apr 3, 2023 |
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The kid is born with two shadows. You better believe I head straight down to the Department of Balance office to appeal their decision. It isn't right, giving an extra shadow to a baby. It's not like she killed you on purpose, Beau. She's a newborn baby, for fuck's sake. She's basically a more sophisticated potato. And that's exactly what I tell the receptionist resting his boots on top of his desk. He is long and slender, with a droopy face.
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In a United States not so unlike our own, the Department of Balance has adopted a radical new form of law enforcement: rather than incarceration, wrongdoers are given a second (and sometimes, third, fourth, and fifth) shadow as a reminder of their crime and a warning to those they encounter. Within the Department, corruption and prejudice run rampant, giving rise to an underclass of so-called Shadesters who are disenfranchised, publicly shamed, and deprived of civil rights protections. Kris is a Shadester and a new mother to a baby born with a second shadow of her own. Grieving the loss of her wife and thoroughly unprepared for the reality of raising a child alone, Kris teeters on the edge of collapse, fumbling in a daze of alcohol, shame, and self-loathing. Yet as the kid grows, Kris finds her footing, raising a child whose irrepressible spark cannot be dampened by the harsh realities of the world. She cant forget her wife, but with time, she can make a new life for herself and the kid, supported by a community of fellow misfits who defy the Department to lift one another up in solidarity and hope. I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself is a bold debut novel that examines the long shadow of grief, the hard work of parenting, and the power of queer resistance.

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