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September 18, 2012

Review: What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang - Farah

Title: What's Left of Me
Author: Kat Zhang
Publication date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre(s): Young Adult (Sci-Fi/Dystopian)
Source: Edelweiss
Format: Digital ARC
Pages: 352
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 first time I saw "What's Left of Me", I fell in complete love with the cover. I'm a sucker for weird things, and I loved how the cover really described what the story was about. The title is very well chosen as well. What's Left of Me talks about two girls, Eva and Addie, whose souls couldn't get separated. In their world, everyone starts off with two souls, but then one of the souls will disappear, and the dominant soul will continue to stay. Eva and Addie couldn't "settle", so their parents took them to doctors, ran tests, and did everything they can to find out why. Scared to become Hybrids, which are those who did NOT settle, they pretended that Eva disappeared. Being a Sci-Fi/Dystopian book, it actually wasn't that confusing. I loved how they went to school like normal kids, watched movies, and went shopping.
It was interesting to read the book from Eva's point of view. Eva being the inner soul who only communicates with Addie, I really felt sorry for her. Eva grew weak, and all she could do is just talk to her sister. The beginning felt really interesting, to see how the girls were able to fool everyone, even their family, into believing that they truly settled. Then the book becomes much more interesting when thy meet Hally, a girl from school who invites them to her house. I don't want to write any spoilers, but shocking things do happen! I think the story was really great, but then it just felt a bit boring. It felt like the author added unnecessary things to the book, like too many detail. I don't know exactly what made me not like the book as much, even though the thought of the book was really interesting.
Overall, Kat Zhang's writing is beautiful. The ending was very interesting as well. I really can't wait to get my hands on the second book of the Hybrid Chronicles. I recommend this book to all young adult readers, because many people did love this book. I can't wait to see Eva get stronger, and how her relationship with Addie will develop. 

19 comments:

  1. Great review! So excited to read this. Definitely love the exploration of two people within one body. I hope the excessive amount of detail isn't too bothersome.

    Angie @YA Novelties

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  2. sad it was not a 5 start read . so exited for it . great review

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  3. I actually wasn't planning on picking this up anytime soon. For some reason, I wasn't drawn in by the synopsis (was by the cover, though!), but after reading your review I am conflicted. I like the way you describe the book and I think I may find it to be more than I thought it'd be. I think I'll be checking this one out sooner than expected! Thanks for the review!

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  4. I really enjoyed this one. The stuff in the middle got a little boring but I loved Addie and Eva. The ending left a lot open to explore in the next book about why hybrids are not allowed and how they exist in other areas. I liked Eva and Ryan and hopefully Addie and Devon can get together. Not sure how that will work! LOL

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  5. Awesome review :) It sounds so interesting and I actually just bought this today and I'm really excited to read it! I hope the boring parts you talked about isn't TOO boring lol.

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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  6. Lovely review, Farah! Sorry you find some parts of it quite boring and unnecessary but I'm glad that you still enjoyed the overall. I can't wait for the next book too and see what's gonna happen next. :)

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  7. I have heard a lot of amazing things about this book, I cannot wait to read it too.

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  8. Fab review...I loved this book! And I agree...I love the weird cover! It's what grabbed my attention at first, too!

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  9. Hmmmm, I really love the whole premise of this one, it's absolutely fascinating, but I'm disappointed to hear about the unnecessary details added in the middle to slow the plot down. I've been read a bunch of lukewarm reviews for this one lately, so I'm thinking I'll wait to pick it up, there are so many other books on my list I'm dying to read! Thanks for the wonderful review Farah!

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  10. Like Jenny, I think the concept of this book sounds great, but I'm wary of the boring factor. Too many books have dragged me down lately.

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  11. I've heard a lot of mixed things about this one, but I'm glad you didn't hate it! LOL! Great review :)

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  12. That is such an interesting concept! And a little weird. It's too bad about the dull bits though- I hate it when a potential book has that!

    Great review!

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  13. I totally agree with the cover!! I think it's really great. I have been hearing a lot of different things about this one, but I am glad that you enjoyed it. Awesome review!!

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  14. Great review! I wish I liked this book a lot more too. I liked it ennough but I really hated Addie. Definitely interested in where this book will go next though.

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  15. Review twins! :P
    I think I enjoyed WHAT'S LEFT OF ME a little more than you did, but we do agree on some things, like Kat Zhang's writing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)
    - Lauren

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  16. Great review! I really enjoyed this book so I'm glad you mostly found it interesting too. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book. :)

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  17. Great review! I started this one recently and haven't gotten around to finishing it. I think we share similar thoughts about the story though.

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  18. What's Left of Me sounds really interesting, I'm definitely going to add it to my TBR. Amazing review! :)

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  19. This sounds like such an interesting book! I had no idea it dealt with souls. Sounds like something I would enjoy....

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