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What's Left of Me: The Hybrid Chronicles, Book One [Kindle Edition]

Kat Zhang
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fans of Stephenie Meyer's The Host will enjoy What's Left of Me, Kat Zhang's shocking, thought-provoking, and emotionally charged story of two souls sharing one body.

What's Left of Me, the first book of the Hybrid Chronicles, is set in an alternate reality where everyone is born with two souls. But one soul is naturally dominant, and in early childhood, the other soul fades away.

That didn't happen for Addie and Eva. Now fifteen, Eva clings to life inside the body she shares with Addie, although she can no longer speak or even move.

Addie does everything she can to hide the presence of her sister soul. Eva's very existence is illegal. If their secret is revealed, it could mean death for both of them.



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Gr 8 Up-Everyone is born with a twin: two souls-one body. Only, in America, it's illegal to remain that way-to be a hybrid. The dominant soul is supposed to take over, and the recessive, or weaker one is supposed to disappear, usually by the time the child is six. But even though Addie was the stronger soul, Eva held on. Despite the fact that she could no longer move or speak to anyone but Addie, she didn't go away. Now that they are teens, Addie and Eva have adopted rules of behavior in order to survive: don't stand out, don't be exceptional, blend in at all costs. But then the girls become friends with Hally and her brother, Devon, and the siblings show the sisters that there's another way to live-Eva can reemerge. But Eva's freedom comes at high price: imprisonment in a hospital that wants to "cure" kids of being hybrids and where patients who "go home" are never heard from again. This uniquely imagined novel doesn't fall short in the execution. Zhang's prose is lovely, and the plot is compelling to the last page. If there's one complaint to be made it's that the differences in characterization of the hybrid siblings are very subtle, and it's occasionally difficult to immediately see the change when different personalities take over. It will be easy to categorize this book as yet another dystopian novel, but it is remarkable and will stand out from the rest.-Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, COα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review

“A shockingly unique story that redefines what it means to be human.” (Lauren DeStefano, New York Times bestselling author of Wither)

Zhang’s concept is original and provocative; the deep bond between Eva and Addie (the shifts between I, we, and she in Eva’s narration are especially haunting) and the mystery about why their society is so desperate to “fix” hybrids are riveting. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“A deeply original tale of longing for identity; so skillfully crafted, the words float above the page.” (Lissa Price, international bestselling author of STARTERS)

An unsettling dystopian adventure of two souls trapped in a single body. (Kirkus Reviews)

“Uniquely imagined…Zhang’s prose is lovely, and the plot is compelling to the last page” (School Library Journal)

“An intriguing depiction of sibling relationships and the challenges of learning to live as distinct, though not physically separate, individuals.” (Booklist)

Product Details

  • File Size: 415 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062114875
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HCAW7U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,453 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Life is a Notebook: What's Left of Me September 18, 2012
Format:Hardcover
~A big thanks to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for this ARC!~

When I requested this on Edelweiss, I thought I'd make a big mistake. I already had a have-but-need-to-read list of 20 books. At least 7 of those were books I had to review. Some of them I'd had from NetGalley since the previous month and needed to be read YESTERDAY. But I thought "...what the heck?" Then it came through and I thought, "What have I done, I can't read this fast enough to get the review done in time!"

I finished this in one afternoon. I couldn't have put it down even when my mother asked me to.

The premise is just as interesting as it sounds. I drank up every little detail about it, and there was lots of that. In places it was a little infodump-ish, but I didn't mind. Zhang had so many layers built into this world that I never even dreamed of. After all, who would think to go PAST a world where two souls start out in every body? That's got enough going for it as it is. But Zhang also added a global element to this book. The setting is in a dystopian United States, where the Americas are supposedly cut off from the rest of the world because hybrids are burning up every other continent with their wars. This aspect was only mentioned briefly, but it opens up the other books in this series for literally a world of possibilities that are very intriguing.

The characters of Eva and Addie were also very well done. It was always easy to tell who was talking and thinking, because they did have a slightly different way of talking and acting. I also loved how yet another level of the plot was Eva and Addie's constant battle and pact with each other. After all, they are two parts of the same whole, yet they are two different people.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Several of my author friends were gushing about this book, and I just knew I had to move it up on my to read list. Boy, am I glad I did.

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang is about Hybrids-- specifically Eva and Addie. There is typically a dominant and recessive soul in each body and Eva is the recessive soul. She is supposed to disappear by their 5th birthday, but she hangs on, determined to live. But because of this, they are different from the rest of the population, and hide their secret from even their loved ones. Then they meet Hally, someone just like them-- and their world changes forever.

I can't even imagine the complexity of writing this book. To clarify what I mean is-- you have two souls inhabiting one body. There are references to Addie saying something, but then when she does something, it is talked about in the collective plural "we." The connotation was always clear and I never saw a misstep, but what a difficult way to write-- very impressive. Eva is a terrific character, as is Addie, and Zhang does a wonderful job of keeping a balance between the two. The pace of the novel is lightning quick, and I kept turning the pages faster and faster to see what would happen. I loved how three dimensional all of the characters were-- and what a feat to keep each half so distinct and separate.

I am curious about the world building because it is not clear what happened before-- why there are Hybrids, etc. But the ending of this first entry in what is likely to be a trilogy hints there is much more up Zhang's sleeve.

A terrific first book for Zhang-- and I'm eager to pick up the next book in this series!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love dystopian YA, you'll love this! September 18, 2012
By Sarah
Format:Hardcover
(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins publishers, and Edelweiss.)
15-year-old Addie lives in a world where every baby is born with two souls; two different consciousness' living in the same body and mind. Between the ages of 5 and 10, every child loses their second soul, in a process known as `settling'. The dominant soul fully takes control of the body, and the recessive soul simply fades away.

Addie is unusual in that she didn't settle until she was 12. A fact that nearly cost her her life, but what nobody knows is that while Addie has full control of her body, her sister Eva still lives on within her mind. Addie/Eva are what is known as a hybrid, and in the USA this is basically illegal, if they are caught they will be experimented on or killed, so Addie says nothing, and Eva remains trapped in her own body.

When a girl at school Hally reveals herself to Addie as a hybrid too and tries to get Addie to admit that Eva never disappeared, Addie wonders if it is a trick, but Eva is desperate to find out if she could get her control back and no longer have to live imprisoned in her body.

Unfortunately though, Hally manages to get herself sent to an institution for hybrids, and tells the people there Addie's secret, meaning that Addie is taken too, and must now find a way out, before the people there try to take Eva away from her forever.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the relationship between Addie and Eva, and felt sorry for poor Eva being totally unable to exert control over her own body. Eva was such a strong character, stronger even than Addie who was supposedly the `dominant' soul.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very thought provoking
Published 1 month ago by Becka
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story
Though the idea of two souls using one body is hardly original, the way it is explored in this particular novel certainly is. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patricija
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique concept - needs to be flushed out more
I found What’s Left of Me when I was browsing through the audiobooks from my library. I didn’t really know anything about it, but the cover sure was neat. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Missie Schumaier - A Flurry of Ponderings
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I was not a fan. It was written well, but it wasn't as interesting and I hoped it would be. I actually bought the second book at the same time and I have no desire to read it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alyshia Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star rating
"What's Left Of Me" was a very intense book. I appreciated how the author always had you on the edge of your seat. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A L-P
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book - I genuinely cared for the characters.
I liked this book. I will definitely get the next book in the series. I was a little confused about the 2 souls in 1 body thing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Jennings
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Dystopian
A fascinating and well-written book, with a very strange and very beautiful main idea. *Received free copy in exchange for review*
Published 4 months ago by Kira Budge
5.0 out of 5 stars YA Dystopian that stands out!
What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
"Addie and I were born into the same body, our soul's ghostly fingers entwined before we gasped our very first breath. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rebecca Barbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great enjoying book
Very eventful with a really good plot... the book ended pretty good... I am definitely reading the rest of the series:)
Published 4 months ago by Ashley
4.0 out of 5 stars What would it be like to have two souls in your body?
I was intrigued by the premise in this book. The idea of having two souls in our body would be quite abhorrent to most of us. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S.L. Sorensen
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More About the Author

Kat Zhang is an avid traveler, and after a childhood spent living in one book after another, she now builds stories for other people to visit. An English major at Vanderbilt University, she spends her free time performing Spoken Word poetry, raiding local bookstores, and plotting where to travel next. She is represented by Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong. You can read about her travels, literary and otherwise, on her website or check her out on Twitter.

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