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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.Read more ›
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.
With parallels to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, The Lost Girl traces Eva's plight as an echo for Amarra. It is Eva's grudging destiny to replace Amarra in the event of her death. Mandanna's writing is lovely, simple and hauntingly evokes grief and despair for both the family whose teen daughter is killed in a car accident, and Eva who must forget everything she holds dear to fill the void left. For this, the author earns three and a half stars.
Unfortunately, there were too many issues that intruded on the story and often pulled me from complete absorption. In its day, Shelley's work drew upon cutting edge and very shocking scientific discoveries, such as Galvanni's innervation of frog-legs with electricity and Harvey's Theory of Blood circulation, which questioned the very nature of God and existence. It is a profound exploration of spiritual meaning, the right to live and humanity. The lack of an explanation for what Eva actually is, be it full clone, replica with another's consciousness or something else nagged all the way through, as the concept of the 'Loom' and 'Weavers' hobbling people together from 'dust and bits of bone' seemed so utterly anachronistic in what is essentially an urban fantasy set in the modern world. If Eva was something as obvious as a clone, it sets up the opportunity to at least explore nature versus nurture, as her and Amarra are raised apart. But any elucidation of Eva's actual origins is lacking. Using Frankenstein to foreshadow events made the direction of the narrative a tad obvious for anyone familiar with the original.
Additionally, I kept wondering how any sane family or individual would sign up for an imperfect proxy of one they held so dear with full knowledge of what they were getting.Read more ›
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I chose this rating because it's so interesting u want to keep reading it took me two weeks to finish this wonderful book hope u like it tooPublished 6 days ago by rachel
Very enticing adventure, a story about love and loss, life and death, adventure and empathy - the good and bad. Challenges and triumphs questioning the outcome... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Phly
It's like Unwind meets Never Let Me Go and I love it! It's totally absorbing - I had the misfortune of reading the bulk of this on the day of my brother's... Read more
I enjoyed this a lot. The central conceit of the story (clone taking over life of original) has been done before, but there was enough new here to hold my interest. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joanne Merriam
I heard a movie director say that the movie The Godfather is the best movie of all time. One of the reasons he so liked that movie is that the character Michael Corleone didn't... Read morePublished 7 months ago by 4321dud
Interesting concept for a plot, but I left like it went on for too longPublished 9 months ago by Laura C.
I like this book, but there are a somethings that I would've liked explained better. 1.) How the Weavers create the "echo's". Read morePublished 14 months ago by JJ
Emotionally accessible and interesting, but hard to believe and frustrating. It's not actually that hard to believe the "making copies of people" part - because it's never... Read morePublished 14 months ago by L. Davidson
This is a very strange story but I had a hard time putting it down. I was always guessing the next thing to happen or go wrong. Very interesting.Published 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
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