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What's Left of Me (Hybrid Chronicles) Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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"A thought provoking first installment in a series that unflinchingly takes on ethically challenging topics." (Kirkus Review)
"Addressing issues of identity, ethics, and choice, Zhang's concept is original and provocative; the deep bond between Eva and Addie ... and the mystery about why their society is so desperate to "fix" hybrids are riveting." (Publishers Weekly Starred 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)
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was so good and a great summer read for me. The characters were easy to relate to and every bit of tension in the book I felt too. Read morePublished 7 days ago by SeaTurtleLover
I would recommend this to anyone that is interested in a story of young kids going against a government to learn the truth about their own lives and relations with other countries.Published 20 days ago by Sabrina
Actual rating - 3.5
I really enjoyed this, but it was kind of hard for me to keep up with the different personalities of all the characters. Read more
Kat Zhang was nineteen when she sold The Hybrid Chronicles to HarperCollins.
Let me repeat that.
Nineteen. Read more
I enjoyed this book! It was very suspenseful that i couldnt read fast enough.. the story plot was very interesting and im glad i read this book!! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sarah C.
What's Left of Me is one of the most daring novels in recent years that I'm sure was hard to nail down but clearly was so worth it and I can't wait to read the rest of this... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Melody Simpson