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Friday, December 21, 2012

[Review] What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1) by Kat Zhang

Title: What's Left of Me
Series: The Hybrid Chronicles, #1
Author: Kat Zhang
Pages: 343 (Hardcover)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: September 18, 2012
I reviewed an ARC.

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.

The blurb for What's Left of Me immediately reminded me of The Host, which is one of my favorite books. I knew I was going to like it, well, I definitely hoped that I would.

While I loved the whole concept of two souls sharing a body and both being present in some capacity, I don't think it was explained very well in this book. I have no idea how it was possible to have two souls in one body, or why it happened. I also didn't understand this whole hybrid war that was going on, and why America hates them and foreigners. By the end, I think I was even more confused about everything than I was at the beginning.

I really liked how this was told from Eva, the "weaker" soul's perspective, despite usually preferring multiple POV. I think it would have been confusing to have both Eva and Addie, and I also liked how there was some mystery added, since we have no idea how Addie feels about anything happening. I actually had this looming bad feeling about Addie, once they're taking away for testing. I also found it interesting how whenever there was a crisis, Eva was the one who had to tell Addie how to handle it even though she has absolutely no control over the body. It seems like she's actually the stronger of the two, but just got pushed aside.

This one is fairly fast paced with Eva/Addie constantly on the move. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I thought, since I was confused quite a bit. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book though, and hopefully some answers!

Favorite Quotes

But understanding a thing and accepting it are so very different things. (pg 28 ARC)

Our breathing was calm, smooth. The breathing of a girl asleep. For all our body knew, we were asleep. Addie was, anyway, and that was all that mattered. (pg 188 ARC)

Her crying was silent and invisible. To everyone but me. Like mine had been to everyone but her all those days and weeks and months after we first settled. After I was shunted aside and locked up in my own body, my skin a straitjacket, my bones prison bars. (pg 271 ARC)

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  1. I just started reading this. It's got my attention, so that's good. :)

  2. That cover and synopsis has always intrigued me, but I keep hearing that's it's only a so-so book. I'm sorry you found it confusing and not well explained! I'm still hesitant about picking this one up. Thanks for being honest, and great review!

  3. Great post! Will definitely give it a try. Thanks for the info!

  4. This one has been on my nook for a while now. The summary sounds really fascinating, but from the reviews I've seen, the book doesn't live up to expectations. Still, I'm curious and hopefully will find some time to read it.

    It's disappointing that there was a lack of explanation though. Hopefully the confusion will be cleared up in the next book!


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