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Review: What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

Friday, August 15, 2014
Goodreads summary:
Imagine that you have two minds, sharing one body. You and your other self are closer than twins, better than friends. You have known each other forever.

Then imagine that people like you are hated and feared. That the government want to hunt you down and tear out your second soul, separating you from the person you love most in the world.

Now meet Eva and Addie.

They don’t have to imagine.
What's left of Me introduces us to a unique, thought-provoking and eerie world where life starts out with two souls sharing a body. As people grow older, they settle; one soul takes over completely while the other disappears. Eva is a recessive soul sharing the same body as Addie. She is unable to control the body but has held on for years pretending not to exist. Addie and Eva are forced to hide the fact they are hybrid since the government sees hybrids as dangerous and a sickness that must be cured. I would've liked more explanation of why ALL hybrids were seen as dangerous because the reason given was weak: a few incidents here and there involving hybrids. Would it have been a big deal if these incidents were committed by settled people? I'm sure more answers will be given throughout the series though.

Throughout the book Eva and Addie go through many internal struggles and battles and I thought these were the highlights of the book. Eva's situation was really heartbreaking and frustrating. The writing was superb, capturing the trapped-in-a-cage helplessness of Eva as a lot of the time, Addie made the final decision of what they did. A little romance was thrown into the story which added another interesting concept to explore what with Eva and Addie sharing the same body but not the same feelings.

A compelling read and a promising start to the series!