Monday, June 10, 2013

What's Left of Me

Goodreads - What's Left of Me
From Goodreads:
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.

In What's Left of Me Addie is more the rule follower and Eve is the more adventurous one. Addie controls their body so Eve is just present inside the body. When Addie begins to spend more time with an outcast girl from school she discovers there might be more people like her and Eve out there than she thought. When Addie and Eve are offered the chance to teach Eve to move again it sends them on a journey neither of them ever wanted to be on. They find that the government hasn't been truthful with its citizens. Maybe having one soul fade away from the body isn't so normal after all? Is it possible to function as a hybrid?

Things I loved:
- Really easy to get into. I had an instant understanding and connection with the main characters. 
- The story moved at a fast pace. There weren't any dull parts dragging on forever.
- I thought Kat Zhang did an excellent job writing the conversations inside Eve and Addie's minds. That could have easily been very confusing when Addie is speaking to some one and Eve is talking to Addie inside the body at the same time!
- Kat dipped into the relationship pool towards the end of this book. I'm interested to see what happens in the second book. Eve is fond of another Hybrid. Addie not so much. How does that work?

Things that bothered me:
- Some parts of the book felt rushed almost like the author knew where she wanted the story to end up and was in a hurry to get there. 
- I thought there could have been more of a climax in the story. There was all this build up but then things fell into place too easily for me. It could have been more dramatic than it was. 
- I wish that a better explanation would have been given about why hybrids are so dangerous to society. Maybe she'll tell us more in the second book?

Overall I really liked this book and I will read the second one when it comes out (September 2013). My favorite part of this book was the relationship between Eve and Addie. They love each other very much. Imagine how hard it would be to have someone you cared for living in your body with you. You're never alone. That can be comforting and a burden. Eve hasn't moved the body in years. While Addie wants to give Eve a chance to move again she's also afraid of losing herself in the process. They are two separate people but also the same person.

Great book!

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