This is the dilemna Thomas Quicksilver, "Pucker", is faced with. Thomas has always been an outsider. He has kept the secrets of his crazy mother, his origins, and the hideous scars on his face a secret.
But his mother asks him to go back to Isaura, an alternate world, where both he and his mother were exiled nine years earlier. Ripped of her Seerskin, which helps her predict the future, she is flooded with predictions. So many that without her Seerskin, she'll go mad.
Thomas goes back with a group of others, who have a variety of problems and is 'changed.' For the first time he receives positive attention to his physical appearance, something he's craved since his accident. While in Isaura, he learns what it is to be desirable and falls in love for the first time. But the clock is ticking. He only has a few days to find his mother's Seerskin or she'll die.
I loved this book! Melanie Gideon does an excellent job of getting inside the head of a teen boy and the anguish he goes through with his scars. The reader will feel Thomas's pain as others call him Pucker when describing his scars. Also you'll feel the joy of his first kiss. Something he'd always fantasized about but never thought would happen to someone like him.
The only part I didn't like about this book is that it ended. I'm hoping for a sequel, which the book hints at.