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The Lost Girl [Kindle Edition]

Sangu Mandanna
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Eva's life is not her
own. She is a creation, an abomination - an echo. Made by the Weavers as
a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra,
her 'other', if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she
eats, what it's like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is
killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.



But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.



Now she must abandon everything she's ever known - the guardians who
raised her, the boy she's forbidden to love - to move to India and
convince the world that Amarra is still alive.


Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Eva is an "echo." She was created to take the place of a girl named Amarra, who lives in India with her family. Should Amarra die, Eva will replace her so that her family will not have to suffer her loss. This means that Eva must study the girl, know her likes and dislikes, and experience as much of her existence as she can, right down to getting the same tattoo. But Eva has a life of her own in England, including a guardian who loves her and a boy who may be more than a friend. When she is called to take Amarra's place, she begins a journey of self-discovery and danger. Echoes are illegal in India, and one wrong move could mean the end of not only Eva's life, but also disaster for Amarra's family. She must avoid vigilantes who kill echoes, play her part in her new family, and pretend to love Amarra's boyfriend, Ray. While this book has an intriguing premise, it gets lost in the details, both in terms of the specifics of how echoes are pieced together by the "weavers" and the implausibility that Amarra's friends and the media in India would not be aware of her death. How is it that Ray, who was driving the car when she was killed, wasn't questioned by the police? This question and others show the many plot holes. The frequent climaxes frustrate more than add intensity, leaving the ambiguous ending lackluster.-Necia Blundy, Marlborough Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Eva—a man-made yet human “echo” of Bangaloran native Amarra, created to step in if Amarra’s life is cut short—is entirely circumscribed by her “other’s” experiences, even to the extent that when Amarra gets tattooed as an act of rebellion, Eva is branded with an identical mark whether she wants it or not. When Amarra dies in a car accident, Eva is sent to take her place, knowing that if the deception is discovered it means her death. Debut author Mandanna prefaces this absorbing novel by quoting from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, hinting that readers are being introduced to a monster, and then delivers a sympathetic central character deeply immersed in two worlds of friends and loved ones. The story is moving without being sentimental, and Eva’s attempts to evade her captors provide action that will broaden the book’s appeal to both sexes. Grades 8-11. --Cindy Welch

Product Details

  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 437 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062082310
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 1 edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HC3SYE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of provocative themes and unique ideas September 6, 2012
Format:Hardcover
A breathtaking, illuminating but never didactic, emotionally accessible (to both young adults and adults alike) tale of life, love, and what makes us human. The Lost Girl is an ambitious, unexpectedly deep, and mentally stimulating debut novel, and one with a beating heart. In this skilfully plotted and intense sci-fi thriller (with subtle romantic elements) Sangu Mandanna offers us a striking and disquieting look at a strange world of the future. A world of Weavers, echos, and hunters, filled with grief, sorrow, danger and never-ending questions about the essence of humanity, self-worth and identity.

Eva is an echo. She was created by people called "Weavers" as an exact copy of a girl named Amarra. She lives with her guardian and mother-figure, Mina Ma, in a small cabin in England's countryside. Her life is not her own. It never was. She's the property of the Weavers, made to replace Amarra in case something happens to her. Every day she is forced to follow a very strict set of rules, only do what she's told to do, never step out of line. The smallest misstep could result in a trial and -- inevitably -- her destruction. She has to learn how to be Amarra. Through weekly journal entries, she studies Amarra's life and personality, learns about her family, friends, and boyfriend, memorizes every little thing that Amarra did, saw, thought. If anything happens to the other girl, Eva is expected to step in and be Amarra. An expensive replacement, a back-up plan, a clone - that's all she is and all she'll ever be. And then one day it happens. Amarra dies in a car crash and Eva is sent to take her place. Can she really leave everything behind and be the Amarra that everyone expects her to be? For Eva, failure is not an option.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas, but a little lacking in the end August 31, 2012
By Amanda
Format:Hardcover
In The Lost Girl, young Eva's life is not her own. She is not a normal human, she's just a copy, an echo, an "other" -a complete copy of another person created by the Weavers in order to replace a young girl named Amarra if she were ever die. As Eva studies Amarra's life, her likes and dislikes, her personality, her relationships -she finds that she's not as much like Amarra as she should be, though she may look the same. And when Amarra dies, Eva must take her place.

The Lost Girl has some of the strongest and most chilling writing I've come across this year. So much of this novel is infused with powerful metaphysical questions and vivid, crisp writing that pulls the reader into Eva's head. And as I dug deeper and deeper into this story -and into Eva's head -it was fascinating to see how different and free will she compared with what she was supposed to be. As I was pulled into Eva's story I became more compelled by the overarching plot and the ideas being discussed here.

While I enjoyed Lost Girl overall, I felt like some of the questions and themes brought up at the beginning didn't really stick. They started out with promise, but didn't hold up over time. Though some of the questions about identity did move forward, it did bother me that Lost Girl was a little too focused on the romance by my tastes. For a good portion of the book, the story basically came down to: "can I love who I want or does it need to be the same as Amarra?" While this is a plausible and interesting dilemma, I would have liked to have seem more going on.

Though Lost Girl has some great ideas and an interesting premise, I feel like it was a little lacking at the end and that it didn't quite meet up to its potential.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great premise, awesome characters September 7, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I immediately liked Eva, Amarra's echo. She has a passion and a fire in her that I really admire. I'm drawn into this paranormal dystopia and fascinated by the world that Sangu Mandanna has created. I totally understood and connected with the questions that Eva had about her society... Why would parents want a copy of their child? If something happened, Eva wouldn't magically be Amarra even though she knows all the details of her life and looks like her.
The beginning drew me right in with her breaking the rules and the fear that she has to live under. But I love how it's set up with Mina Ma and Sean and all the others who protect and love her. I feel for her when she has to go and replace Amarra.
I really enjoyed the dynamic though between Eva and Sasha, the little sister. I love how she gets over her shyness and seems to accept Eva for who she is. I really appreciate when a family relationship or friendship is well written, and although I waver on which to classify this as, it can be both. Though it's really sad to watch Alisha, Amarra's mom when she first meets Eva, she is so convinced that Amarra's soul just moved on to Eva's body. As a mother I cannot imagine being in this situation and how she must feel. I'm sure that like her I would cling to every bit of hope that I could.
I loved the stolen moments with Eva and Sean. The hope in their relationship was beautiful and it was so hard when it shattered, but I have every hope that they can pick up the pieces.
The theme of price of freedom is prevalent in this book, and it is so hard to watch Eva wrestle with what she is willing to sacrifice and with what it ends up costing her in the end.
Matthew is one of the weavers, and he is maddening.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and provoking.
Thoroughly enjoyable. Excellent alternative to the gruesome modern text aimed at teens.
Published 1 month ago by Kirsten Porganyi
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Girl tells a touching story about a girl struggling with her...
Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.

You can say I am one of those readers who feels iffy about Dystopian novels. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sue @ Young Adult Hollywood
2.0 out of 5 stars Story without an end
I liked the book - it was interesting, fresh but the end of the book was just frustrating... it was not like I did not like the end - there was no end, I guess the author just cut... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ev
5.0 out of 5 stars A Contemporary "TAKE" on Frankenstein's Monster
Wearing the face, but not the personality of another is what drives this story. As with any teenager, the clone-like duplicate (or 'echo') of another individual must figure out... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Deborah Engelke
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting concept and a good book.
This is one of those books that I had heard so many good things about that I decided to pick it up. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed it, there were quite a few things about it that... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nicole Hewitt
4.0 out of 5 stars better then I thought
I don't know if I got this book for free or just a few dollars but I decided it was sitting in my "library" long enough and decided to give it a chance not really expecting... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amlower
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I loved the unique concept to this story and it gripped me from page one. A love story with just a hint of sci-fi, a young girl has to make tough choices and show extreme bravery... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dreajmartin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Girl
I went into this a little wary since science-fiction-dystopian isn’t really my thing, but — wow. This is one of those books that you just have to read all in one sitting. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jessica Y
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
** spoiler alert ** This book started out engaging. I really felt for Eva in the beginning and I was interested in learning more about her world. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautify written. Impressive and full of style.
The story was a pleasure to read. I enjoyed every bit. I have read a lot of books. I am a student of English literature, I couldn't put the book down. Finished in 5hrs. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A.
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Sangu Mandanna was four years old when she was chased by an elephant and wrote her first story about it and decided that this was what she wanted to do with her life. Seventeen years later, she read Frankenstein. It sent her into a writing frenzy that became THE LOST GIRL, a novel about death and love and the tie that binds the two together.

Sangu now lives in England with her husband and son. Find her online at www.sangumandanna.com

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