What's Left of Me Paperback
by Kat Zhang
Part of the The Hybrid Chronicles series
HOW I LIVE NOW meets HIS DARK MATERIALS in this stunningly written and intensely moving debut, the first book in the Hybrid trilogy.
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 576 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 26/09/2012
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780007476817
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Review by Krista23
After the Hybrid War, hybrids are considered the enemy. Each body is born with 2 separate souls. Each body's souls have different personalities, likes, dislikes, talents and variances of how they look. When one soul is the more prominent soul using the body, you can tell by the quirks they have, they could use the other hand when they write. But they are both different people, just occupying the same body.But, when you reach abound the age of five, your less dominant soul is supposed to disappear. Suppressed to the point of non-existence. But not with Eva and Addie, Addie never fully pushes Eva away. Eva stays hidden in the depths of Addie's mind and continues living along with her. Until they meet others that help Eva decide that she does want to live. She wants a chance to have a body and experience things on her own. But what would that mean for Addie? Too bad they don't get a chance to find out. The group is found out and they get taken off to the hospital. A hospital where people are likely not to return from. It's a death sentence, at least for one of them, or both.The story was borderline Sybil for teens. Except we only have 2 personalities to deal with. Which makes it easier to follow, and really unique to read a story in which your main character keeps referring to herself as "we". The reader will really feel for Addie and Eva. They have very conflicting feelings when it comes to ownership of the one body. To lose either one of them would literally be losing part of yourself, your other half.Although the story had parts of it that keep the anticipation and danger up. There is not necessarily a lot of action to the plot. The majority of the book takes place in the hospital. We get to meet a lot of other minor characters and staff members, their procedures and danger in the experiments they are running. It is a more atmospheric novel with the constant feeling of danger and paranoia.It's an interesting start to a new series. One that I was nervous to pick up, but sure glad I did. The ending is perfect and you will want to pick up the next book. I received a free copy from publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Review by BetaSWON
I haven't finished reading this book yet, but I like it so far. The idea of duality, of multiple souls, is fascinating and unique. I can't wait to see how it ends!
Review by bryantkeli
This was a case of a good book but at a bad time. I've been on a huge contemporary, mainly new adult contemporary, binge lately and I can't get enough. When What's Left of Me came in for me at the library after being on hold for weeks, I new I had to read it now or risk never giving it a chance again. I had also just filled my e-reader with a ton of fantastic looking new adult contemporaries that I'm super anxious to break into! All of those factors combined, I felt rushed and forced to get through this book and was never quite able to get fully immersed into the story. However, I honestly feel that if I would have picked up What's Left of Me before my current contemporary addiction, I would have really loved it. What this book does have is uniqueness. The whole premise is very different from anything else I've read in the same genre this year and Kat Zhang does a very good job with it. To be honest, the setting of the book almost had me more interested than the actual story itself. I found myself very curious about the world it was taking place in and wanting to learn more. Unfortunately, information about this world was given only on an as needed basis. However, I can see where this would be refreshing for some readers. There's not as much set-up as there is in a lot of other books in the genre and we are able to get directly into the story a lot sooner. The story is original and Kat Zhang's writing style is wonderful, but I did not find myself connecting with the characters. The closest I came to it was with Eva (who's point-of-view the story was told in). And I didn't like Ava very much at all. For me, this didn't detract from the story though. Whereas I didn't connect with the characters, I still enjoyed the storyline. I stayed curious about and interested in everything going on. Surprisingly, it was the last chapter that hooked me and ensured that I'll be reading the next book in the series. Like I mentioned before, I don't think I can do this book the justice it actually deserves, only because of the circumstances surrounding my reading of it. If the summary sounds good to you and it's something you feel in the mood for, I definitely recommend it.
Review by kitkat1242
"I should not exist. But I do."I received the e-book to review from NetGalley. I also have my own physical copy that I purchased from a local book shop. I have heard so much about this book, and was very excited to read it. The synopsis on the back of the book caught my attention straight away.This is the first novel I have read from Kat Zhang. It's is the first book in The Hybrid Chronicles series. The story is told from Eva's perspective which I thought was interesting as she isn't the dominant soul. You really can feel and understand her thoughts and feelings. I really did feel sorry for her. The opening paragraph even made me connect with this character. The other soul Addie is a more spunky character. At times, she does come across as a little it selfish and annoying like she prefers to remain being the stronger soul. Eva I like more because I admire her determination to remain in the body and not argue with her other connected side. I really liked the friends that Addie & Eva discovered, and their connections were really strong. I really felt anger towards all the doctors and nurses when they said Eva needed to go. You develop such a liking for Eva, you feel like you want to fight for her survival. I thought the relationship between Eva and Ryan was so cute. I was like "awwh".I thought the storyline was strong, and it had me hooked from the beginning. So much was happening, but I wasn't confused and was following with ease. I haven't read a book with this type of story before, so it was a risk in giving it a go, but I'm glad I went for it, as it was an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the theory behind hybrids.The font is easy to follow, and it's simple to know when a particular soul is speaking. The chapters are fairly short, and the book has a total of 343 pages. Although it may seem a chunky-ish book, it was actually a fairly quick read.I really like the cover to this book; how you can see half a face, which is portraying the half soul, and it leaves the other side blank, so mystery is held there. The tag line on the front cover - "Who would you give up to stay alive?" - draws you in.The ending of the book really makes me want to read the next book. Damn you, Kat Zhang! xDOverall, I'm going to give this book five stars because I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, the characters were well developed, and I was hooked from the beginning. I definitely recommend as it is a really good read.If you like stories with mystery, souls and romance involved, then give it a shot.Happy reading =)
Review by Kassilem
This was an awesome book. I think it was the idea that sucked me in first. Then the characters. And then the intense story-line. The book was very fast-paced. And any story set in psychiatric-like wards is a nail-biting. If you have seen the movie Changling with Angelina Jolene, you’ll remember her line “Fuck you and the white horse you rode in on”. That was the line running through my mind the entire time I was reading this book. It’s the same sort of premise. People think the character is crazy, sick, something, etc, and they believe they have a right to “cure” them. And the character never has a say in the matter because they are not in the right mind or some other excuse. This sort of goes back to my previous review for Matched about freedom, but in these kinds of books it’s also about what personal safety and what is and isn’t natural by societies terms. These books always drive me nuts and I never want to go to the doctor’s office after reading them. How do I really know what they are injecting into me? Haha. Anyways, the reader is always rooting for the character and hoping they break out. I get a little dramatic and always want the character to lash out and do some damage, but as the characters always tell themselves and me, it wouldn’t do any good. But it would make me as a reader fell better. :) So the whole story is an edge of the seat kind of book. And it’s not very long, so the book is easy to get through in a few sittings. The book reminded me of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, so if you liked that book, you should like this book. It’s Zhang’s debut novel and I think she did a fantastic job. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series whenever it is published.