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Illustration for article titled So I Just Finished: Under The Skin *spoilers ahead*

And I have so many questions.

I know there is an Open Discussion about the movie Under The Skin, but I wanted to talk specifically about the book for a minute.

Now I haven't had a chance to read Animal Farm nor see the movie that features "soilent green" (or was that the name of the movie?) but man oh man, I picked up on what early reviewers had mentioned in regards to both.

I am still trying to form a picture of Isserley's natural form, especially because of how they (she and Amlis Vess) refer to themselves as Human Beings. It was my understanding that they had four "arms" really, kind of like apes. But their facial features were similar to that of a fox? They had pelts of varying colours and six fingers on their hands instead of five.

What I struggled to place was their home... I pictured them as a mole-type people. Living under ground (hence Isserley's ever growing issue with being underground and being in enclosed spaces) but they had extraordinary eye-sight, right?

My question though was why the need for people and how did Vess, INC come about?
I know that truly it's a metaphor for a faceless corporations and the devouring of men whole for the betterment of an animalistic society... or at least that's what I pulled out of it. But I am just dying to know they why, the how... and more importantly what was Isserley's other option and why was it so terrible as supposed to being turned into what she ultimately cannot relate to?

As a novel all together I loved it but the ending, like Faber's Crimson Petal and The White, left me only wanting and needing more answers. He paints a wonderful picture, if a bit more sterile and out of touch than the previously mentioned Crimson Petal. But it doesn't leave your relationship with Isserley, the lead, cold or empty. Or growing disgust with the people she comes from and the love of the world (especially the sheep) but not humans/animals outside of the creatures we view as animals.

It really makes one pause and think what exactly makes us people and at the "top" of the food chain... and how disconnected we've become with our own surroundings.

How did you guys feel about the male POVs. I kind of liked that we got (albeit brief) a glipse of what the men she encountered thought of her as she picked them up from the side of the road.

God I hope other BookClubers have read this.

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