Saturday, June 9, 2012
What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles #1) by Kat Zhang
What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
NEVER LET ME GO meets HIS DARK MATERIALS in a beautiful, haunting YA debut, the first book in The Hybrid Chronicles.
Eva and Addie live in a world where everyone is born with two souls, but where only the dominant one is allowed to survive childhood. Fifteen years old, and closer even than twins, the girls are keeping Eva, the ‘second soul’, a secret. They know that it’s forbidden to be hybrid, but how could they ever be apart?
When a dramatic event reveals what really happens to hybrids if they are discovered, Eva and Addie face a dangerous fight for survival, neither wanting to be the one left behind…
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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It’s so absolutely different from anything else out there; I was so impressed by how good it was. The whole idea of dominant and recessive souls and settling was so new to me What’s better? It’s not that hard to figure out... but not lacking in explanation either. It’s clear what the crux of the matter is: their feeling abnormal because of what they were, and other people fearing the same. I got it, and I was hooked with each page. There was a lot of things I’d never come across before, and I loved every moment of it: from the oddness of Hally/Lissa, to the their feelings for their dad and her mom, to their feelings for Ryan/Devon.
Not once is it simple.
Not of the characters are typical YA. And while Addie’s the dominant one, we know more about Eva than we do her, and I liked that attack to the story because it made their even more different. How Eva feels the lack of control, the silence of her voice. But what’s even more surprising is it’s not often that you’d feel that much negativity from the latter. And when the negativity did come out, it was all the more loud. Theirs was a complicated relationship but still very typical of siblings (well, mine at least.) Them wanting the other to be happy, but feeling slightly unhappy for themselves, if that makes sense. Then the whole, “bearing it together.” What other choice did they have? And they were so much closer for it. Fascinating these two, I thought.
Things become even more complicated later on with the Ryan in the picture. How exactly was that going to work? It’s a question that’s voiced once or twice when the possibility of a THEM came up. I like that. That questions were asked, questions made were those that made sense and that the story wasn’t bogged down by any lovey-love concerns.
thank you edelweiss!
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