Title: What's Left of Me
Series: The Hybrid Chronicles
Author: Kat Zhang
Expected Publication: September 18, 2012
Source: from publisher
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.(goodreads)
A review I read a few days ago made me decide to finally read What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang. I actually met the author at BEA last June and at first I didn't know she was the author! (she was young after all). Anyway, that's just and added reason to why I'm happy to have an arc of the novel.
Starting the novel, I didn't know what to expect, really. As if two souls in one body is not freaky enough. It was kinda creepy, but I got over it quickly as I got pass the first few pages. Kat Zhang wrote a good, really good novel for her first, and I wouldn't be surprised if the book got high sales when it's finally out in September.
The premise was promising, the plot was driven and when I was reading, I never felt like the story was going nowhere. Narrating from Eva's perspective, we see a side of a girl trying to live and survive with what she has-a voice. A voice that only her twin soul sister can hear. It was very evocative and moving right from the start. Her voice was so real I can't help but empathize with her. I did not know where the story could lead to, like what could be the end to this story? But I knew there were some escaping involved after the experiments, so that much part of the story was not unexpected for me. But, that doesn't mean it was not insanely thrilling tothe bones, because up til now my adrenaline is surging high.
I'm so so happy I read it, and would recommend it to all dystopian fans, and to allliterary junkies out there. Fans of Divergent series would devour this (I did!) and I can't wait to see where the story will go.