lyli reviews: what’s left of me by kat zhang

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What's Left of Me

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 She Thought:
     This book was equally sweet, terrifying, and thought-provoking. I picked it up after a “like, try, why!” from Harper Teen where it was recommended for fans of The Host, and being as big of a The Host nerd I am, I just had to read it.
     Within the story, there is an interesting narrative; it’s told from the perspective of a two separate souls living within the same body. I give a lot of credit to the author for making the POV so easy to get used to, because it’s very unusual to read a book where it says things like “our arm” and “we blinked.” After a while, you rather forget that both Addie and Eva are telling the story and just become wrapped up in the plot.
     The first half was somewhat of a slow build, but it’s worth it. The end is, well, downright stressful… but that may have just been because I was so emotionally invested in the story. There are parts of the story that make you want to cry, parts that make you want to throw the book against the nearest wall, and parts where you don’t know what to think. At times in the story, you can guess what is going to happen next, but it felt more like strategic foreshadowing than unoriginal writing.
     There are some parts that are a little disturbing… actually, several parts. There are a lot of scenes where children are involved, which made it a lot harder to read. All in all, I was a little creeped by several aspects of this story. (There wasn’t really any gore, though, which I appreciated.)
     Because the characters are very straight-forward and logical, it’s not typical YA dystopian/sci-fi storytelling. They are driven more by reason and experience than by their emotions, which makes the story a little harder to become emotionally connected to. However, as it went on, I did become attached to certain characters which made me more anxious to find out what happens. I’m constantly being left at the edge of my seat by these books written as trilogies! I love it, because some of these stories are just too big to fit into one book, but it’s also frustrating to have to wait 1+ years to find out what happens next. I will most certainly be reading the next book in The Hybrid Chronicles!
Rating! (out of five stars): ***1/2
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One response »

  1. I haven’t read the book, but I just learned that Kat Zhang wrote this book as a teen and signed on with a publishing company when she was only 19. So cool 🙂 Great review!

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