October 21, 2012

Review of What’s Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1) 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.

What’s Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)  by Kat Zhang
Publication Date:  September 18, 2012
Publisher:  HarperCollins
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From beginning to end, this book was pulling at my heartstrings!  I can’t even imagine living in a world where you are born with two souls, and that until a certain age, both souls are living in one body.  And when that magic age comes, the more dominant of the two souls continues to live, while the other one pretty much dies.

But there are a few in the world where both souls continue to live in one body.  These individuals are considered anomalies…hybrids, dangerous individuals who run a risk of destroying everything the government has worked hard to control…or perhaps worked so hard to hide…

Such is the case for our protagonist(s), Eva and Addie.  After the inevitable doesn’t happen, and the more dominant soul doesn’t take over, they undergo years of doctor’s visits and needles until finally, they’re cured and Addie is all that is left.  Or so they thought.  Instead, Eva still lives with Addie in one body, but they have learned to control themselves and have fooled everyone around them, including their parents into believing that it is only Addie.

That is, until a classmate and her brother confront Addie/Eva and tell them that there is a way that Eva can exist.  To move the same body, talk…live.  And it’s after these attempts at allowing Eva the opportunity to break free a little bit, the unimaginable happens.  And now, it’s not only their own lives they need to watch out for, it’s the lives of other hybrids that they encounter along the way.

Like I said in the beginning, this book was literally making my heart ache.  It hurt every time I read about how much Eva wants to feel alive.  It hurt whenever I would see Eva curl up and give up and allow Addie to have what she wants.  There was quite a bit of action in What’s Left Of Me.  It got to certain point where I could not tear my eyes away from the pages, needing to know what was coming up next, what other secrets were going to be discovered, who they were going to be able to trust, whether both Eva and Addie would find happiness.

What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang really had me thinking of the “what ifs”.  What if this really happened?  What if it were me?

Author, Kat Zhang’s writing was one that I really enjoyed.  There was so much emotion in the words on the pages, and the characters themselves all had characteristics that made them each unforgettable.  The descriptions of what Eva and Addie are feeling after their conversations with their parents about what’s happening to them or going to happen to them ripped my heart out.  I felt for these girls.  I felt for these characters!

I can’t wait to see what Kat Zhang has in store for us next!  I need to know what is going to happen?  What their plan will be?  I want to know what happens to both Eva and Addie?  I want to know what will happen to the others?  So many “I want to knows”!  If you’re looking for a book that will open your mind to possibilities, don’t hesitate on What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang.

About the Author:

From Goodreads

Kat Zhang spent most of her childhood tramping through a world weaved from her favorite stories and games. When she and her best friend weren’t riding magic horses or talking to trees, they were writing adaptations of plays for their stuffed animals (what would The Wizard of Oz have been like if the Cowardly Lion were replaced by a Loquacious Lamb?). This may or may not explain many of Kat’s quirks today.

By the age of twelve, Kat had started her first novel and begun plans for her life as a Real Live Author (she was rather more confident at twelve than she is even now). Said plans didn’t come into fruition until seven years later, when her agent sold her trilogy, The Hybrid Chronicles, to HarperCollins. The first book, What’s Left of Me–about a girl with two souls–will be released September 18, 2012.

Kat is represented by Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong. She also performs as a Spoken Word poet and contributes to Pub(lishing) Crawl, a site for aspiring writers to talk about books, storytelling craft, and the publishing process. Kat has also had the pleasure of remote interning for a literary agent, specializing in Young Adult fiction.

When she is not exploring the world of her characters, she is exploring her own. To date, she’s had the pleasure of visiting five countries, including more than half of the United States. She hopes to always keep writing and traveling.

Connect with the author:  Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

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  1. Danielle Smiley

    This sounds awesome!!! Have you read Stephenie Meyer’s the Host? It has the same sort of vibe and I LOVED that one!!!

    thanks for the review :)
    Known to Read

  2. Chapter by Chapter

    Totally thought of that while I was reading it! I loved The Host also =)

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