Book Review: What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

Title: What’s Left of Me

Author: Kat Zhang

Series: The Hybrid Chronicles #1

Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: September 18, 2012


Book Summary:

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.

Heathers Review

I liked this book, although not as much as I would have liked.  The book is narrated by Eva, which I thought was interesting since she wasn’t the dominant soul (the one who controls the body).  The internal conversations between Eva and Addie work well, better than other books I have read.  And they cover interesting ideas of having two souls in one body.  The greatest fear Eva has is fading away when giving Addie space so she is constantly aware of what Addie is going though, both visually and emotionally.  Addie is able to put up a mental wall between her and Eva so that Eva isn’t directly aware of Addie’s feelings; however, Eva always seems to have a slight idea what her sister is feeling/going through on top of being able to see as long as Addie keeps their eyes open.

The other characters you are involved with majority of the time are Devon and Hally, who are brother and sister.  Despite spending majority of the book with these two, I never felt the connection that Addie/Eva had with them.  This may be because it seemed to be more that Eva was attached to them then Addie.  In fact, the majority of the emotions seem to stem from Eva.  This is not to say that Addie never has emotions, but they seem to be more connected with Eva and herself than others.  On top of that, Devon feels, for a lack of a better word, void.  He just seems to be there.  Hally, on the other hand, annoyed me at first.  She felt like the little sister that would never go away.  Both of these characters did eventually grow on me once the story and their involvement evolved.

I find it hard to talk about the book without giving anything away, since in order to explain the emotional aspect of the book you need to know what happens to Addie/Eva and where they find themselves.  So instead of doing that I’ll just say – it does have emotional points and can be upsetting to some since it does involve children; however, the author does not directly involve us in anything the other children go though so we are removed from it as an audience.  I never felt at any point that Addie/Eva were in great danger and I felt slightly removed from the situations they found themselves in.  That being said, it was a nice read and I would recommend people to read it at some point – although there is no need to run out and buy it at full price.  This is a trilogy and I’m hoping the next two books are more climatic and emotionally involving.  Really, I’m just hoping to feel more invested if I do decide to continue the series.

Rating: 3 stars – good.

Content: Clean

Source: Borrowed from Library

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