What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

October 30, 2012 Young Adult Book Reviews 1

Title: What’s Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Kat Zhang
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: ARC
Pages: 343
Release Date: September 18, 2012
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A very unique dystopian with a lot of emotion and great potential.

About the Book: 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.

I’ve been dying to read this one for a long time, ever since I read the synopsis and thought “whoa, that’s different”. Plus, it’s written by an Asian author, I had to check it out. Luckily, Kat Zhang does a superb job with her debut novel and What’s Left of Me is a book you don’t want to miss.

Eva and Addie are as close as “sisters” can be, given that they’re basically twins inhabiting one body. I like how Kat took the idea of twins and went a step further and asked “What if only one survived?”. Even though their society pushed the fact that everyone must “settle”, you get to see how a lot of the characters feel about their twin soul, losing them, missing them, etc. What’s Left of Me was a lot more emotional in the familial sense than I expected. And I love that it was told from Eva’s perspective, although I’d love to have like a novella from Addie’s POV, especially after certain events happen where you’d really want to know what she thought about it.

Probably the only downside was not enough action happened through out the story, but I’m beginning to think that’s the trend with dystopian novels, focusing on the world-building and establishing characters with the first book. Sure there was a rush of action towards the end and I found myself holding my breath a lot, but I could always go for more. Hopefully, the second book will have more action and drama between the main characters and the “evil organization”.

Either way, What’s Left of Me is an excellent dystopian and I’ll definitely be adding the next book to my wish list! I have to know what happens next!

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