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The Prettiest of Prose: A Review of WHAT’S LEFT OF ME by Kat Zhang

Posted by on October 1, 2012
What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1) WHAT’S LEFT OF ME
Kat Zhang
343 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 18th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: REALLY LIKED

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

   Thought-provoking and engrossing, Kat Zhang’s dystopian debut can be described in one word as beautiful. WHAT’S LEFT OF ME defines beauty.

   Eva is supposed to be dead. In a world where bodies are born with two souls, Eva’s soul should have disappeared years ago. Yet she is still there. No one knows she exists but her sister, with whom she shares a body. And for years, Eva hasn’t spoken, hasn’t curled her fingers into a fist or even taken a step.

   All Eva wants is a chance. And she doesn’t realize how much she wants it until it’s too late.

   Kat Zhang weaves a story with the prettiest of prose, smooth and enchanting. The plot itself, if stripped bare, would resemble that of any dystopian. Zhang’s writing takes the skeleton of dystopia and makes it so much more emotional, pulse-pounding. And just as frightening. Because deep inside, Eva’s story isn’t just fiction. It isn’t just a fictitious story about an extra soul. It’s about being human. And what we should be grateful for.

   WHAT’S LEFT OF ME isn’t action-packed, though the plot moves quickly. The struggle is within Eva, and even Addie, who, just like Eva, has something to risk. Though our first instinct is to dislike Addie for being the dominant soul, you’ll feel as much sympathy for her.

   As I said before, it was Kat Zhang’s writing that pulled me in, soon after the simply stunning cover. In short, WHAT’S LEFT OF ME is a riveting must-read.

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12 comments

  1. This book looks amazing, I'll add it to my TBR pile.
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  2. What a beautiful review. Don't regret any minutes I spent on reading it. Thank you for your honest opinion. This definitely helped me decide whether or not read it rather sooner than later. Thank you :)

    Siiri

  3. I'm glad you liked it. I felt the same about this novel. While it was missing on some (which I'm sure we'll get in later books) the writing was phenomenal.

  4. This sounds so different, more about an ethical and identity theme. The world sounds like a great dystopian:)

    Awesome review:)

  5. This book does sound fantastic. I’ve read a similar book which is The Host by Stephenie Meyer so I know how amazing such a plot could be made!

    Great review!

  6. I simply can't wait to read this book. I love that amazing cover. I love the synopsis. I can't wait to read it. After the wonderful reviews it has been given around the blogosphere, I am even more excited about it. Thanks for the awesome review and getting me even more pumped for this one. Money is going to exchange hands I have a feeling!

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