May 22, 2013

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang Review

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
(The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins; 343 pages

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.

First, I'd like to kick myself nice and good in the behind for putting this book off as long as I did. I was told I needed to read it last year, while at BEA. I missed out on getting a copy and then time just got away from me. Getting the chance to interview her has been the greatest push in to reading this book & it's not that I didn't want to read it prior, cause I have but with so many other books, finding the time is hard. You other fanatic readers know what I mean. Too many books, never enough time - we all know the drill.

I haven't done this in awhile but I'm going to take a second to talk about this cover. Without even reading a description of this book or knowing anything about it, I can't tell you how catchy and intriguing this is. After having read the description, it's even moreso. However, after reading the book I cannot tell you how perfect this cover is. I mean, I thought it was perfect beforehand but wow. Kudos to the designer here because they absolutely nailed this one perfectly.

Now let's talk about the content and more importantly, in my case, the characters. The premise of this book is mind boggling. Hybrids are dangerous. Hybrids are people who have two souls in one body. America is a strict no Hybrid country and has completely shut down the borders to keep every other Hybrid country away. If a child does not show signs of killing, if you will, the second, recessive soul they are normally taken away and put into an institution. No one knows what happens to those children once taken away and no one wants to be the one to find out.

Insert our main characters, Addie, our dominant soul and Eva, the one whose supposed to be gone. The story is told from Eva's point of view and it's fascinating hearing her tell her story. Eva hasn't had control of their body in years and everyone, including her family, thinks Addie is alone, finally. They plan to keep it that way because they don't want to be sent away into the unknown. All they want to do is live their life but things take a drastic turn when they befriend Hally and her older, highly intelligent brother, Devon.

Eva is given a wonderful opportunity of possibly gaining control of their body, once again. It's like shared custody, if you will. Eva never thought she'd ever get to see the day when she'd walk on her own, talk to another person besides her sister and who knows, maybe even laugh. When the opportunity arises, she can't turn it down but Addie is definitely a bit more skeptical about the whole thing. It's incredibly dangerous for both of them and they're starting to like their lives, as they are.

There are times where I wish Addie would just disappear. I know it sounds cruel but she seems selfish. I understand where she's coming from, which makes it even harder wishing the worst for her but you have to understand where Eva is coming from, too. Being trapped, with no control for the rest of one's life is no way to live. And if you loved your sister, like I'm sure Addie does, you wouldn't wish that on her. But, I also love their relationship. How strong and dependable they are one each other. Addie wouldn't be who she was today if it weren't for having Eva there with her, every step of the way. I don't think Eva would be as strong or as brave as she turns out to be if Addie wasn't there, rooting her on. This relationship is unique and something every person wishes to have. Whether it's with a sister, a brother or just a best friend that is like a sibling; it's what we all dream of. Having someone there, by your side, no matter what.

The build up of a romance in this book was incredibly slow but so necessary and honestly, it wouldn't have been so awesome if it had been written any other way. I feel like I can't really go in to the romance part of this book without giving things away, which is a bummer because it's definitely one of my favorite aspects of it but alas, trust me when I say it's brilliant and makes you scratch your head a few times, especially with how you might react. That's all I'll say.

I just can't get over how brilliant this book was and how eager I am to read more. Plus, I'm still kicking myself in my bum for putting this off for nearly a year. Never ever ever again will I put off something that was so highly recommended to me.


  1. I'm happy you liked it as much as I did! I liked the complicated relationship between Addie and Eva. I could understand both, although I felt more connected to Eva. Great review :)

  2. The complicated relationship was perfect. Frustrating at times but absolutely understandable. I find myself connecting with Eva a lot more, as well. I can't wait for the next book now.


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