Author: Kat Zhang
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Edition: Hardcover (343 pages)
Genre: YA Dystopian/Science Fiction
Cover Review: This cover is one of my favorite covers. It's just so beautiful! How could you not want to read this book because of the beautiful cover?
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Series: The Hybrid Chronicles #1
Main Character: Eva Tamsyn
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 . . .In What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang, everyone in the world is born with two souls. Each soul can control the body and the two souls can converse with each other through their brain. Over the years, one soul slowly fades out while the other one becomes dominant. Sometimes, there are special cases where this doesn't happen. If people know about someone with twin souls, the person with twin souls is then taken away. Nobody never really knows what happens to them. The citizens in this society think that it's a hazard to have a human with two different souls trapped inside.
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.
Eva and Addie hadn't ever settled until they were about 10. Even then, they pretty much lied just so their parents would get off their back. Addie became dominant, but Eva never faded away. She was always there, helping Addie whenever she needed it. Of course, only Addie could control everything. Nobody knew about Addie and Eva. Sometimes Addie wonders what would happen if Eva did ever disappear.
In school, there is a girl named Hally who everyone stays away from. For some strange reason, she keeps trying to become friends with Addie. So one day, when she is invited to Hally's house, Eva talks Addie into saying yes. While at her house, Eva and Addie meet Hally's brother, Devon. There's something strange about them. It turns out that both of them also have another soul inside them, but they still both can control the body. Hally has Lissa and Devon has Ryan. They decide to help Eva slowly help control the body.
After Hally ends up in a situation that she shouldn't be, she ends up getting sent to an institution. Not long after, Devon and Addie are sent away too. They must live there while trying to stay under the radar so they don't get the special "surgery" that they keep hearing about. There's definitely something going on that isn't widely known.
Hally and Lissa were characters that definitely grew on me. I didn't really like Hally in the beginning because I thought that she was kind of annoying. I probably got that impression from Addie though.
Devon and Ryan were characters that I liked since the beginning. As soon as I met them, I knew that they would become someone's love interest. It was quite clear.
Eva was the character that definitely had more to say, yet she couldn't say it. She was more studious and aware of what was going on around her.
Addie was really laid back and she was kind of into self-image. She never really studied much and always relied on Eva whenever she couldn't think of what to say. She definitely wouldn't make it very long if Eva ever disappeared. She was really scared of the risk if someone ever found out that she still had Eva inside of her, while Eva on the other hand didn't really care. If the roles were switched, Eva would help Addie no matter what the cost.
I think this book was really interesting. Before I read it, I found it kind of similar to The Host by Stephanie Meyer, but it definitely wasn't like that at all. There were no aliens involved and the body was not taken by force. Humans were just born this way in society. I loved how romance was kind of on the down-low in this book, because I absolutely love dystopian adventures. It was really enjoyable and it was nothing like I expected. Kat Zhang has written a marvelous novel and I'll definitely be counting down the days until the sequel.