What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
Release Date: September 18th, 2012
HarperCollins, 343 Pages
Sub-genre: Science Fiction
Source: ARC from BEA 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Why I picked it up: Sash thought I might like it
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.
I enjoyed this book, but I can’t say that I would’ve picked it up if Sash hadn’t urged me to do so. The premise was difficult for me to get pulled into and the characters were a bit hard to pin down, but I guess that’s what happens when you have two souls in one body. It was a little confusing for me, personally, to read the internal conversations going on with Eva & Addie, along with the external (real world/time) conversations. There were definitely some action-packed sequences and suspense thrown in here and there, but overall, I wasn’t dying to pick up the next book by the end. I’m going to give this series a fair shake and read the next installment. I am hoping for more action, more rebellion, and a bit of love mixed in.
I will definitely give credit where it is due. The author, Kat Zhang, did a really fine job of picking a new and unusual premise and plot for the story and her writing was well-done. Although, I will have to say the idea of two souls in one body was reminiscent of The Host by Stephanie Meyer (but with MUCH better writing & plot development).
If you’re looking for an escape from the dystopian and love triangles, pick up this book for a something new. Just because it wasn’t exactly my sort of book doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t recommend it to other readers. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how well Zhang was able to give completely different personalities to the two souls in each body and how the plot unfolds!