Once We Were by Kat Zhang
Release Date: September 17th, 2013
HarperCollins, 352 Pages
Sub-genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Source: ARC via Edelweiss
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Hybrid Chronicles #2
Follow up to: What’s Left of Me
“I’m lucky just to be alive.”
Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away.
Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.
Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.
I will keep this short and sweet. I really couldn’t get into this sequel to What’s Left of Me. The first book was enjoyable, but still not very easy to get through. Once We Were was not a book that I enjoyed picking back up and trying to get back into.
I don’t think that this is a bad book or reflects badly on the author in any way, it is an incredibly unique premise. However, it was just not the book (or series) for me. Maybe I will come back to it later, since I got about almost halfway through and just couldn’t finish it, but we will see. Others who enjoyed Stephanie Meyer’s The Host will probably enjoy this series with the two souls inhabiting one body and it being taboo. The action was lacking and there was a lot of explanation that needed to happen and I felt like I was being pulled in too many directions. One body, two souls fighting for dominance or harmony…then another body (boy) with two souls who liked the other two girl souls in the one body. I just…it was too much for me.
I like Zhang’s style of writing, so I am hoping to read more of her books in the future, but for now, this wasn’t the book for me. I encourage y’all to pick it up and give it a go for yourselves though!