Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

 I should not exist. But I do.
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.

This book…was fantastic.

It starts out with Eva telling the story of how she almost disappeared from her and Addie’s body, but never quite did which meant they were two souls who shared a body-a hybrid, an illegal being. The whole book is told in Eva’s perspective which I quite enjoyed, and in a way it was also told in Addie’s because her emotions and thoughts were felt by the twin soul.

I loved the idea of hybrids and how at one time in this book, it was natural for a person to be born with two souls. The author made the hybrids in a way that it seemed like siblings shared the same body. At times, Eva and Addie would bicker and fight like sisters would. I wish there would’ve been more background on the world’s past; hopefully there’ll be more of that in the second book.

What’s Left of Me was a great start to a new dystopian series and I can’t wait to see what happens in book two.

4.5 Stars!

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