Friday, October 4, 2013

Review - What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles #1) by Kat Zhang

What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)Title: What's Left of Me
Author: Kat Zhang
Series: 1st
Pages: 343
Published: September 18th 2012 by HarperCollins 
ISBN: 9780062114877
Source: Personal Copy
Description: 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. 
I Give This ...
The idea behind the greatly intrigued me.  Two souls in every body that eventually become one.  Government control and risks to society?  I wanted to read it.  Perhaps, I had something else pictured in my mind, because I didn't enjoy this as much as I had hoped.
I did enjoy our two main character, Eva and Addie.  At first their joint personality felt slightly schizophrenic.  But, I got the hang of Eva talking in the background while Addie controlled their outward appearances.  I never did get a full grasp as to if they were happy in this shared existence.  But, it's obvious that once they realize that it may be possible for Eva to get some control back that their life wasn't all that perfect.  I felt this process was extremely rushed though.  I wanted to explore the idea of Eva getting control back.  The story needed to proceed to Eva and Addie getting caught and being shipped off to a government facility.
Here is were the story really could have been made great.   But, it still felt rushed and pieced together.  I never understood why hybrids were considered a risk to society.  It was never explained why everyone had two souls to begin with.  I couldn't figure out if this book was suppose to be dystopian or parallel universe, or what!  I always wanted to know more, but none of the questions I wanted answers to were ever addressed.  

All in all, I'm just left with a so-so feeling when it comes to this story.  I was disappointed when it came to addressing the two souls sharing one body.  With so little answers, I'm not sure if I will get to the next book in the series.  I do have it should I choose to read it.


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