What’s Left Of Me
The Hybrid Chronicles #1
Author: Kat Zhang
Release Date: September 18th
Rating: 3.5 – 4 Birds
What's Left of Me tells the story of a fifteen-year-old girl fighting for her right to survive in a world where two souls are born into each body and one is doomed to disappear. Pitched as The Golden Compass meets Girl, Interrupted.
Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t…
For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable–hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet…for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.
When I first read the synopsis for WHAT’S LEFT OF ME my initial thought was “Wow…this sounds like it could get confusing”. Addie and Eva being the same person, but not really…their inner dialogues when they speak to each other and such..I was worried it might end up being a little hard to follow. And I will be honest for the first chapter or so, I was reading a little slower than normal to make sure I was absorbing everything.. I found that it in fact WAS NOT hard to follow, and that Kat Zhang has a knack for managing the multiple personalities (for lack of a better term) and delivering them in a straight forward and insanely interesting way. Even after new characters are introduced, you never feel like it’s “crowded”.
One of the things I was most impressed with, was how Kat Zhang wrote Eva and Addie. The girls share the same body, the same brain but they are so different from one another. They each have their own traits, likes and dislikes, and personalities and the author really did a fantastic job of making each girl their own person. I think this might be why several times through out the book I was a little sad for them, that they really were not their own person and would live sharing one body for the rest of their lives.
The world that Eva and Addie live in could be described as Dystopian-Lite. It’s my own little way of saying, it’s got some of the characteristics of a Dystopian society but yet still has some amenities of the current world one might not think should be available. A definite perk to Dystopian-Lite for me is it can scare me a little. Think about it: When you see a world that is Dystopian, controlled and oppressed, but is still so so close to your own, it can really freak you out wondering…what if the world really became like this. Well not saying people would start being born with twin souls…but you get what I’m saying…right?
Any way, I rounded out this one with a 3.5-4 Bird Review. I thought it was a great story and I am so far beyond excited for the rest of The Hybrid Chronicles series. So much so, that for the past few days all I’ve been able to think about is what could happen next, what might happen next…
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