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Monday, September 17, 2012

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

The Lost Girl. I came across this book on someone's Waiting on Wednesday a while ago, and both plot and setting intrigued me. I've read few stories set in India though it's a place I've always wanted to travel, so I was anxious to pick this one up.

Here is the summary from Goodreads: Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other”, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready. But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this. Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive. What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva.

What I Liked: 1) Eva. Eva was a great main character, because she was easy to understand, even while she was two people. Her struggles with figuring out who she is and who she wants to be is completely relatable, and anyone can easily empathize with her struggles. I love personable characters like this. 2) Plot. What an interesting idea. There are a few stories out there about two souls, one person, but this was something new. In this story they create a person, what they assume is just a body that a soul can occupy should their original body die. Of course that's not really how it works, but it's so intriguing to see Eva try to become Amarra. 3) The emotion. There is so much emotion coursing through this book. Amarra's parents and family are dealing, in their own way, with their daughter's death and the presence of this echo, who in their mind should somehow be Amarra, but yet knowing in their hearts that she isn't. 4) How easy it is to love so many of the characters. I already talked about Eva, but something that just plays into the emotions of the reader is how easy it is to love these characters. They say "there are two sides to every story" and that is blatantly obvious. There are those who love Eva as Eva, and those who love Eva as Amarra, and those who love Amarra and Eva as separate people. So it's almost hard to "choose a side" when it comes to the epic battle of love or life.

What I Didn't Like: There are some questions that I feel remain unanswered once the story is over. Sometimes this is normal, but there were a few biggies that stood out to me. But I don't want to bring them up, because I want those of you who are going to read it for yourself to be able to make your own assumptions. Just be prepared to still have questions. Also, as a side note: This book is sooooo long, it could have easily been two books. So much happens that you have to take a break at some point while reading, or else your brain might just explode. And no one wants that.

Overall Thoughts: A completely unique story, The Lost Girl definitely has a place in the world of YA literature. Somewhere between dystopian, science fiction and fantasy, this story has a place all it's own. Heart-wrenching emotions will grip you from the beginning and keep you interested throughout the book. It's easy to get lost in Amarra's story, and your own imagination will be stretched as you try to make sense of some of the open-ended questions remaining at the close of the book.

My Rating: 4 shots

4 comments:

  1. Ooh great review! This has been on my wish list for the longest time. I love books about two souls and one person.

    As long as the book is awesome I don't mind how long it is. As for the unanswered questions, is it because this is a series? Wait is it a series? Im not sure

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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    1. It's definitely worth the read! I don't know if it is a series. The ending felt pretty final, which is why I even brought up the unanswered questions. If it was going to be a series, it would have occurred to me to be bothered by it, ya know?

      Courtney

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  2. The concept for this book is so fascinating. Glad that it was good, overall :)

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    1. It definitely was. And the writing style was great too, I'm looking forward to more from the author!

      Courtney

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