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Thursday, September 27, 2012

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

I didn't know what to make of What's Left of Me when I first read the summary. I was kind of on the fence, knowing that we would have two MCs occupying one body. I worried about it being hard to follow. But the excitement for the book on the Twitterverse and blogosphere eventually sucked me in, so I had to pick up a copy.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) Eva. She was my favorite of our two main characters (Addie and Eva). Because Eva is the recessive soul, she could have easily become a so-so character. But it really becomes her story as we go along, because she is the one who doesn't get to have much of a life, who is really fighting for every second she gets. And she is also our narrator. Because Eva is really hardly anything more than a voice, you really get to know her on an emotional level, which is awesome. 2) The hospital where Addie/Eva are taken for testing. I didn't so much like it, as thought it was a great setting for the "hub of all evil" - haha! They are studying the hybrid gene and how to control it. 3) How much there is to think about with this book! It's been 2 days since I've read the book (well, really, 8 days once it's posted) and I am still going over things over and over in my head. How long has the world been like this, where bodies are born with two souls? How are people affected when their sister or brother soul disappears? How are families affected? Eva mentions at one point how when they were young her parents would refer to them as Eva-and-Addie. How do they feel when one of those isn't there any longer? There is so much to think about as you are going through this book, and even once it's over you will still be curious and anxious for the next story. 4) I loved the ending. Love, love, loved it. It was one of the best non-cliffhanger-y endings that still set up the next book in a great way. Just thinking about it makes me all jittery and excited for book 2!

What I Didn't Like: There wasn't anything that I just didn't like, but I will caution you that when it comes to two people controlling, or trying to control one body, some confusion is to be expected. There was one point where there were three bodies in the room, but six people talking. Just...pay attention while you're reading, because while some of the twin souls are very easy to differentiate just in the ways they talk, others you don't get to know well enough.

Overall Thoughts: What's Left of Me is an awesome debut from author Kat Zhang and an explosive opening to what looks to be an exciting series. It's thought-provoking, full of action, and has some great characters for readers to know and love. I can't wait to see what's next in this series, because What's Left Of Me has only left me wanting more!

My Rating: 4 shots

6 comments:

  1. This sounds really interesting. I have been hearing mixed things about it so I wasn't sure if I would want to read it or not, but I think I might eventually. Great review!

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    1. I'm glad I read it. I'll probably even read it again, it was definitely good enough to get a re-read!

      Courtney

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  2. I really want to read this novel and I've read a book with two souls in one body and it sounds amazing! and I'm so glad you loved the ending

    great review Courtney

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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    1. Thank ya! I hope you like it when you get the chance to read it! Like I said, it could have been confusing, but it really wasn't!

      Courtney

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  3. A non-cliffhanger-y ending that still sets up the sequel nicely? I'm curious.

    Nice review! :)

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    1. I know - did you think those even existed??

      Courtney

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