Review: What’s Left Of Me - Kat Zhang

Release Date: October 1st, 2012
Published By:
Harper Collins
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Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I had read so many dystopian books at the start of 2012 that I was getting a little burnt out by the same style of story. So I really didn’t see What’s Left Of Me coming. I was blindsighted! It smacked me in the face and got my attention and then I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up.

Definitely one of the best books of the dystopian genre, it was a refreshing read.

Addie and Eva are two souls born into one body. Not that this is unusual in the future. This is how everyone is born. Eventually, the more dominant soul takes over and the other soul fades into the distance before eventually disappearing altogether. Addie and Eva are different though. At the age of 15, both of them are still present. They’re hybrid.

Hybrid’s are in hiding, hunted down and institutionalised where they are experimented upon, in often inhumane ways and even surgically altered to try and get rid of their second soul.

Addie and Eva have been quiet about Eva still being around. Addie has taken control and pretends to be like everyone else. That is untill she discovers there are others out there like her as well. She meets Ryan… who shares his body with Devon. Their love interest is quite unique because it’s sweet, but at the same time awkward. Your sister or brother being there to watch you mack on with someone. Ew.

The institution itself was quite creepy to me and very reminicent of how we treated “insane” people in asylums just like this in the 1950’s, with experimental types of treatment and surgery. Creepy psychologists with needles scare the beejebus out of me! And so this book definitely had that vibe about it also.

Loved the characters, loved the creepyness (loved to hate it anyways) and I am seriously hanging out for the next book already. Why make us wait a year? So so cruel.


What do you think?

  • Lynn K. says:

    What’s Left of Me was a like a breath of fresh air after all those similar dystopian books! The one tiny complaint I have is the lack of world building but it can be overlooked because the character development was good. I’m glad you enjoyed it. ;)

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