What's Left of Me

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PDF What's Left of Me When compared to most other dystopian novels I've read this year, What's Left of Me is pretty good overall. I found it very easy to get into and the characters quickly became ones I cared about. But, once again, there's just too little explanation for this to get more than three stars. The dystopian genre was born with novels like Nineteen Eighty-Four, which so expertly explored the political and social implications of having a society under strict government control and surveillance. More modern examples from the genre often fail to give us any idea how the society came about or the details of why things are like they are.In this story, people are born with two souls in every body. But as time progresses, one soul becomes the dominant and the other will fade away and eventually disappear (usually by age ten). However, some never lose the weaker soul and they remain paralyzed inside their shared body, unable to move or speak and completely controlled by the will of the dominant soul. Addie and Eva are one example of such a case - they are called "hybrids" and must hide their secret from society or face being institutionalised. When the possibility of restoring the control of Eva to how it was when they were younger arises, the girls face tough decisions, harsh realities and risk putting themselves in danger of being found out.What I most want to know is why the hybrids are such a massive threat to society? There was a brief discussion about this on one of my status updates and one of the suggestions seems to be that the government feared that two souls would heighten the risk of insanity and therefore lead to possible chaos. I'm sorry, but after completing the novel I'm just not buying into that. I like this whole idea of bodies having two souls and the problems it would cause, but I can't really see it as a threat to society. I also think that Hally's arrest wasn't very smooth and the reasons for it weren't convincing; it felt unnatural and an obvious ploy to get the plot to move in a certain direction.One of the best things about What's Left of Me is the relationship between Addie and Eva, they have such distinct personalities but work extremely well together too. I could feel Eva's frustration and sadness, but I also could feel Addie's doubt and reservations. The romance, thankfully, is very much in the background and is almost non-existent until the end - which I think works far better in this kind of life-threatening scenario. It also begins to raise questions which I've always wondered about in Siamese twin relationships - what do you do about having a romantic relationship when you share your body? What happens when you like someone but your twin doesn't? I may have to read the sequel just to find out some answers about that.I liked it. I did. But there were too many of the same old issues that I just get sick of writing about now. The personal level of the novel was brilliant - even though I would question the behaviour of the girls' parents - but on a bigger scale it just didn't deliver. We know very little about this alternative United States beyond the government's obsession with hybrids, we are told vaguely something about the rest of the world being overrun with hybrids and we are also told that hybrids are sent off to special clinics where they are never seen again. Hopefully, there's some upcoming twist about this reason for the fear and hate of the hybrids because I'm not believing it so far. Even forgetting the fact that it's quite a weak explanation, they're saying that being a hybrid increases your risk of insanity... right? This belief must either be correct or incorrect... right? So, they should obviously be observing the hybrids they have in captivity... right? What I'm saying is, there's an answer to this question and the government must know it: are the hybrids more at risk of mental illness or not? The only way I can see the author rectifying this little issue is if she has a big twist up her sleeves about some other real reason the hybrids are seen as a problem. So I shall read on and find out.A copy of this was provided free in exchange for a review from the UK publisher.. What's Left of Me go inside Book 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, andI 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 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.. Please do not message me through Instead, email me at katzhang3 AT gmail DOT com I don t get on often to check messages Thank you Kat Zhang spent most of her childhood tramping through a world weaved from her favorite stories and games When she and her best friend weren t riding magic horses or talking to trees, they were writing adaptations of plays for their stuffed animals what would The Wizard of Oz have been like if the Cowardly Lion were replaced by a Loquacious Lamb This may or may not explain many of Kat s quirks today.By the age of twelve, Kat had started her first novel and begun plans for her life as a Real Live Author she was rather confident at twelve than she is even now Said plans didn t come into fruition until seven years later, when her agent sold her Young Adult trilogy, The Hybrid Chronicles, to HarperCollins The series, about a parallel universe where everyone is born with two souls, concluded in 2014.Her two upcoming Middle Grade novels will be released in 2017 and 2018 with Simon Schuster The first, The Emperor s Riddle, is about hidden treasure, lost aunts, and China The second, The Memory of Forgotten Things, is about parallel universes again , solar eclipses, and misfit children.Kat is represented by Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong She also contributes to Pub lishing Crawl, a site for aspiring writers to talk about books, storytelling craft, and the publishing process.. Popular Kindle What's Left of Me Actual rating: 4.5 starsDystopian novels have been disappointing me left and right these days. I don't know why. I'm not that hard to please. Yeah, I see your eyes rolling at that. *grin* But seriously, give me likable characters, solid world building and a good conspiracy theory and I'm good to go. Well, I guess there are only so many ways to tell the story of a deranged society killing off its children for the greater good. So, I went into What's Left of Me with, how do I say this? Er... low expectations. And wow. I was not expecting to love this book, but wow. I absolutely LOVED it! I mean, geez. Where do I even begin? Should I start at the premise? How about the realistic characters? Or maybe I should just make this entire review into a fangirl's shrine of amazing prose? This book is all of those things and more.Let me start with that gorgeous cover for a minute. I have a confession, which is more or less public information: I'm a cover whore. There. I totes said it. Yes, yes. I know the drill, "BOO, YOU WHORE!" It's just that I get a peek of a beautiful cover and my eyes gloss over with desire. I know I should heed the advice and not judge the book based on the cover, but I can't help it. I'm a judgy little judger. Usually, this just sets me up for a supreme let down when I actually get a chance to read the book. But occasionally, I find those diamond in the roughs like What's Left of Me, where not only does the cover scream, "Pick me up, dammit, and read me!" but the story fully captivates me. That is the bread and the apple butter, my friends.And not only does the cover look stunning, but it truly captures Eva and Addie. Eva, the recessive soul that should have disappeared according to her society, was born and marked for death. And Addie, the dominate soul, destined to forget her best friend and other half. But they share a secret. They are hybrids, a title coined to those with recessive souls that refused to just fade away. To the government they are deemed a threat to society and therefore must be locked up, contained, fixed or be killed.The best part of What's Left of Me was the relationship between Addie and Eva. I have to sit and applaud Zhang's skill at crafting two very different characters, who share the same body, yet they struggle to portray just one person to everyone else. Against her better judgement, Addie agrees to practice letting Eva take control of their body. She knows what this could mean for them if they are caught and discovered. However, she also knows how much it means to Eva to not just be the soul everyone else thinks is gone. Eva wants to be real. So they take the risk and their worst fears are, unfortunately, realized.We'd been born with our souls' fingers interlocked. What if we'd never let go?The bond and love these two sister had for one another was phenomenal and, at times, tear jerking. Though, I should say I did not cry during this novel. But I will say it was deeply emotional when the sisters internally struggled to fulfill both souls' needs without depriving the other. Of course, this was nearly impossible. Eva is the recessive soul and as such is used to literally taking the backseat to whatever Addie needs or wants. At times that frustrated me to no end because I could just feel Eva ready to burst free and be her own person, but Addie would take those moments away from her.I was caged in our body and caged in his arms and, somehow, the former was the real prison.And while I remained angry at Addie for her selfishness, Eva not once blamed her sister for the way she felt. That is not to say they always got along. There were quite a few times they stopped talking to each other in the novel, but I just loved how they made up. Side note: Can you imagine having a fight with your sibling in your head? I mean, if my sister and I shared one body... let's just say it'd be WW3 up in there. There'd be major ass kicking. Bet on it. Probably something along the lines of this: Any who...Not only did Zhang have to keep track of Addie and Eva's characters, but she created two characters in one body in several different instances. Now, I know from reading that sentence, that may A) not make a lot of sense or B) not sound very difficult. But it fascinated me how Zhang pulled it off. There were times where Addie and Eva would be talking with a character only for him/her to switch mid-conversation to their other soul. So you have two different mannerisms, facial expressions, tone, ect. for this one person and you have Addie and Eva able to not only tell the difference between the two, but to also convince the reader of the switch. And I'll even take it a step further to say that after a certain point I could tell which soul was who before Addie and Eva confirmed it for me. I think this is a testament to just how well these characters were crafted.And that is where the pacing and plot come into play. At first I thought the book was moving too fast in the beginning because I was getting introduced to a bunch of new characters and STUFF was happening very quickly, but I think it works well that way. Looking back, What's Left of Me doesn't really have much downtime because something is always happening, but at the same time it doesn't read like a thriller either because it's not exactly action packed. Oxymoron? Why, yes. But it was riveting and I felt I NEEDED to figure out the mystery to why the hybrids were treated so badly. Interestingly, I would usually take this time to point out and complain about world building flaws. There is very little mention of the outside world and how they deal with hybrids. BUT, and you're going to have to trust me on this, it works in this instance. The reader is intentionally kept in the dark until a few plot twists are revealed. Even after completing the novel, I feel like there is so much more to come.So, yeah, I rambled there a bit, but this novel was so fascinating and awesome. After all that I just have one last thing to say: More now, please.ARC was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss. Thank you!More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuudlebuggery Book Blog.

  1. Please do not message me through Instead, email me at katzhang3 AT gmail DOT com I don t get on often to check messages Thank you Kat Zhang spent most of her childhood tramping through a world weaved from her favorite stories and games When she and her best friend weren t riding magic horses or talking to trees, they were writing adaptations of plays for their stuffed animals what would The Wizard of Oz have been like if the Cowardly Lion were replaced by a Loquacious Lamb This may or may not explain many of Kat s quirks today.By the age of twelve, Kat had started her first novel and begun plans for her life as a Real Live Author she was rather confident at twelve than she is even now Said plans didn t come into fruition until seven years later, when her agent sold her Young Adult trilogy, The Hybrid Chronicles, to HarperCollins The series, about a parallel universe where everyone is born with two souls, concluded in 2014.Her two upcoming Middle Grade novels will be released in 2017 and 2018 with Simon Schuster The first, The Emperor s Riddle, is about hidden treasure, lost aunts, and China The second, The Memory of Forgotten Things, is about parallel universes again , solar eclipses, and misfit children.Kat is represented by Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong She also contributes to Pub lishing Crawl, a site for aspiring writers to talk about books, storytelling craft, and the publishing process.

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  1. Actual rating 4.5 starsDystopian novels have been disappointing me left and right these days I don t know why I m not that hard to please Yeah, I see your eyes rolling at that grin But seriously, give me likable characters, solid world building and a good conspiracy theory and I m good to go Well, I guess there are only so many ways to tell the story of a deranged society killing off its children for the greater good So, I went into What s Left of Me with, how do I say this Er low expectations A [...]


  2. When compared to most other dystopian novels I ve read this year, What s Left of Me is pretty good overall I found it very easy to get into and the characters quickly became ones I cared about But, once again, there s just too little explanation for this to get than three stars The dystopian genre was born with novels like Nineteen Eighty Four, which so expertly explored the political and social implications of having a society under strict government control and surveillance More modern exampl [...]


  3. In the world of What s Left of Me, children are born with two souls One of those souls is dominant, and the other is recessive Within a few years of the child s life, the recessive soul will fade away settle leaving behind the dominant soul But what happens when you don t settle, and are known as a Hybrid Addie and Eva are faced with that problem, being fifteen and having not settled yet In a world where being a Hybrid is considered dangerous and a threat, Addie and Eva have to keep the fact tha [...]


  4. Two people one body.Two personalities one outward appearance.Two minds ONE person in control.It s not very often that I am excited to jump enthusiastically into a book because the first few paragraphs hooked me right from the start After only a few sentences, I was raring to go What s Left of Me started strong and kept me wanting chapter after chapter.The book s very first words Addie and I were born into the same body, our souls ghostly fingers entwined before we gasped our very first breath O [...]


  5. I don t get it I mean, yeah, I understand the premise, the plot, the characters, the problems, the basic story behind What s Left of Me, but even after the last page, I m struggling to figure out what the point of this book is and I really don t see one Pity, because otherwise there s a lot of positive things I can say about the story, highly original, thought provoking, well written, but what it comes down to is I sort of feel the entire thing was rather pointless so I really can t say I liked [...]



  6. Imagine never being alone in your head, always having someone else tag along wherever you go, never ever getting any privacy Kat Zhang has created this alternate world where humans are born with two souls until one takes over and settles Except, Eva and Addie never did Eva and Addie, two completely different personalities are sharing one body or like, Eva is stuck in Addie s head, as Eva has not been able to take control in years I found this very thought provoking as well as fascinating For so [...]


  7. The first time I saw this I wasn t really that interested Although the premise does sound intriguing it wasn t that enough for me to be very excited about this one So when I saw this in Edelweiss I wasn t really planning on requesting it, however my fingers have their own minds and took the liberty to click it and started typing why I wanted a review copy And to my surprise I actually got approved Then comes the glowing reviews from my GR friends and I was like, maybe I should thank my fingers f [...]


  8. 4.5 stars ABSOLUTELY AMAZING My half star complaint is for the somewhat anticlimactic end see below.Why did I love this book so much Because the concept was actually mind blowing To be born with two souls and to become the dominant soul and to have the other naturally fade away I can t even imagine how it feels to lose a part of myself like that The prologue had me hooked, and the rest of the story sure didn t disappoint.But what made the book so great was that Zhang let Eva be the narrator, eve [...]


  9. A lukewarm attempt at alternate universe fantasy vaguely dressed up as scifi, and increasingly disappointing as our heroine s blunder through a not particularly scary and very generic Secret Medical Government Institution toward an uninspired and predictable end.Imagine every D grade movie you ve ever seen about someone different being singled out by the government and taken away to a shady institution for correction Said person somehow manages to do enough sleuthing to uncover the Terrible Trut [...]


  10. Read This Review More Like It On My Blog This was the perfect novel to bust me out of my bad book reading funk The majority of last several books I ve read had been frustrating, time consuming, and often, disappointing Happily, that is far from the case with What s Left of Me Though this debut novel is far from being free of all errors, Kat Zhang s first novel in the Hybrid Chronicles manages to be innovative, engrossing, unique, and affecting I absolutely could not, and did not want to, put it [...]



  11. I have been fortunate enough to read this upcoming debut early, and I am so very grateful The novel follows Addie and Eva, two souls living in one body Souls are expected to settle at a young age, picking one to dominate while the other fades into oblivion In Addie and Eva s case, neither girl wins out and the girls live with Eva s identity still present, but secret The way dialog is handled between these two girls is fascinating, often treated like an internal monolog Where most people would sa [...]


  12. Originally Reviewed on The Book SmugglersAddie and Eva Eva and Addie From birth, the two souls have shared the same breath and heartbeat, occupied the same flesh, inseparably intertwined The girls are twin souls, hybrid souls and like everyone else born in the world, they grow together sharing their every thought and feeling with the other As the years pass, they also fight for control of their shared body, learning who is stronger and who is weaker Because in Addie and Eva s world, by the age o [...]


  13. Initial thoughts I know what you re thinking Rose Woman 3 stars 3 stars Explain yourself this minute You said you really liked this book, why are you giving it only 3 stars I ll explain, I promise XD First things first, I have to give it to Kat Zhang her narrative kept me reading through this book from beginning to end, and I liked the premise of the story For a good while, it kept me engaged in the toggle between Eva and Addie s personalities The beginning of the novel was VERY good.I think som [...]


  14. 4.5 starsI kept meaning to read this book for so long The reviews trickled in, my reading pile grew, my workload climbed ever higherd as time went on this book was pushed to the back of my mind, in the farthest corner, and left there to gather dust, until finally Finally, I read it And it surpassed any expectations I ever had.In Eva and Addie s world, each person born into the world is actually two people, where one body is home to two souls Of those two souls, one is dominant and one recessive, [...]


  15. Addie and Eva are two souls in one body They were supposed to settle around 4 years old, 10 years at the very latest Settle on which soul will stay and which soul will fade away Settle on which soul is dominant and will get to live Eva didn t want to give up on life She fought as hard as she could But by 12 years old Addie had to settle and hide Eva s existence or risk being sent away to doctors and experiments and possible death Eva shouldn t be there and no one can know Eva continues to watch [...]


  16. THE GOODThe concept I won t tell you how unique the idea is, because you see, I ve read The Host a while ago and 2 souls in one body, one not fading away is not really something new for me But a story doesn t need 100% originality to be a good story It needs to to have an interesting plot that makes you turn page after page, it needs a pack of great characters to make you wish to know about them, it needs an intrigue to keep you up all night reading and it needs a great ending that might make y [...]


  17. Review can also be found on my blog HERE I was given a copy of the book back in June and was so happy once I got it in the mail The cover is gorgeous and plays so well with the concept behind the story Right from the start when I heard about What s Left of Me on I knew I wanted to have a arc to read for a review on my blog I was so intrigued by the plot and characters within Addie and Eve s story presented itself to be most fascinating to me I love the idea of one body sharing two souls The conc [...]


  18. Check out this review and others at badassbookreviewsWhat s Left of Me is a book with no easy answers The first book in the Hybrid Chronicles series tells the story of Eva and Addie, two souls that share one body According to the laws of their country, Eva the recessive or weaker soul should have disappeared in childhood but she s held on, unbeknownst to her parents and society She can t control the body but shares her thoughts with Addie and witnesses everything that Addie does, even her dreams [...]


  19. An unsolicited Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.Two souls inside one body One soul is recessive and the other is dominant The book is narrated from the recessive soul s point of view, Eva All her life, she s had to watch Addie grow up, and live her life Not being able to control their shared body takes a toll on Eva, and so does their sisterly relationship.It was definitely scary to think of what could [...]


  20. The things this novel has going for it is the stellar concept, quality of prose, and well crafted characters.I don t know about you but a YA novel focused on the concept of two souls or in essence two entities living in one instead of a forbidden romance is extremely refreshing It s very unique and fairly original as far as this fiction category goes I really loved it and I was glued to the pages, eager to find out how the plot would progress and how Eva and Addie would overcome and or face thei [...]


  21. Original It s so absolutely different from anything else out there I was so impressed by how good it was The whole idea of dominant and recessive souls and settling was so new to me What s better It s not that hard to figure out but not lacking in explanation either It s clear what the crux of the matter is their feeling abnormal because of what they were, and other people fearing the same I got it, and I was hooked with each page There was a lot of things I d never come across before, and I lov [...]


  22. Checkout my full review on my blog omgbooksandbooks.Addie and Eva are two souls, inhabiting one body One soul is suppose to fade away and the other survives, but Addie and Eva are different Eva has yet to fade away and they both are living with a dangerous secret No two souls are suppose to inhabit the same body after childhood The cover really portrays Addie and Eva and who they really are But Addie and Eva meet those similar to them and they discover who they are and why they are a threat to t [...]


  23. Originally posted here theloyalbook 2012 scroll down for English What s left of me l ho divorato in poco pi di una giornata Quando ci accade solitamente vuol dire che il libro era 1 molto corto oppure 2 molto bello L opzione numero due in questo caso quella giusta.Partiamo dall inizio Ammetto di aver scelto il libro per via di quella copertina inquietante e del titolo altrettanto angosciante A posteriori, confermo che sia titolo che copertina sono assolutamente perfetti e rispecchiano in pieno i [...]


  24. 3.5 StarsFrom the post apocalyptic wastelands of Obernewtyn, to the stark contrasts of poverty and lavish opulence in Pan Am, Dystopian YA s enduring wunderkind comes in many shapes and sizes, and never has it seemed it so normal and suburban, yet so alien, cruel and wrong as in the alternate reality of Kat Zhang s What s Left of Me.The StoryIt s an accepted certainty that every person is born with two souls, two girls or two boys, opening their shared eyes for the first time, as separate and un [...]


  25. See this review and on The Moonlight Library Kat Zhang s lushly imagined What s Left of Me spins the tale of what happens when a recessive soul sharing one body with a dominant soul refuses to fade away, as they ve been led to believe is inevitable Anyone left with two souls in theor single body is a hybrid dangerous, illegal, and swiftly dealt with by the government Eva is our recessive soul, and the book is told from her point of view She shares a body with Addie, and they are fifteen years o [...]


  26. 4 1 2 stars So, it s been awhile since I ve read The Golden Compass and even longer still since I ve seen Girl, Interruped, but I don t think a cross between those is how I would pitch this novel No, I think the comparisons to Meyer s The Host are apt, and though I appreciated that book quite a bit than I expected to after reading Twilight, I still think What s Left of Me handles the symbiotic relationship between two souls in a fascinating manner I m not thumbing my nose at The Host by any m [...]


  27. Thanks to HarperCollins for sending this ARC to me for review Wow This is a one of a kind mind blowing experience At first I was a little worried about the concept of the book 2 souls sharing one body Was I going to be able to keep them separated and follow along with the story Kat turned what could have possibly been a reading confusion if written by anyone else, into a MUST READ of 2012 So a huge thank you to her for that Do not shy away from this story It is amazing And she managed to do it a [...]


  28. Two souls sharing one body.The other soul is dominant, while the other is subservient Eva is the submissive, since she s trapped and unable to control their body, she has no choice but watch Addie live the life she should ve had Addie and Eva, inhabiting one body, could at least be the same, right But they are not They re total opposites They don t think alike, they have different characters, and their voice are distinctive too.Despite their differences, they have a really strong bond that anyon [...]


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