Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: September 27th 2012
Book: For Review*
Format: Finished Copy
Genre: Young Adult (YA), Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery,
How I Live Now meets His Dark Materials in this stunningly written and intensely moving debut.
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.-via Goodreads
"Who would you give up to stay alive?"
That is all I can say.
I have wanted this book ever since I first heard about it, and my expectations just got higher and higher as the weeks wore on where my own copy didn’t even seem possible; and I kept on reading more and more rave reviews about it and then out of nowhere...I got a chance to read and review it. I have to admit I nearly had a mini heart attack when I found out and when it came it looked even more amazing.
Don’t you think the cover is beautiful?
I had a little niggle of worry in the back of my mind at the time that I started it that it wouldn’t love up to my very high expectations but it didn’t.
It succeeded them and got even higher as I finished.
Eva and Addie are sisters - twins,
But they share the same body.
In Addie and Eva’s world everyone is born like them – two people sharing one body. Although at ‘the settling age’ the dominant person takes over and their ‘other half’ dies.
But they are different.
They are hybrid.
Eva still resides in Addie’s body - the settling didn't work - but nobody knows. They have to keep it a secret. Hybrids are seen as a threat and a danger to everyone else and the government are constantly hunting them down to ‘’cure’’.
The premise is amazing. Two girls born into the same body:
“Our souls’ ghostly fingers entwined before we even gasped our first breath.”
And Kat Zhang has created a terrifying world to go with the shocking life Addie and Eva live.
As hybrids they are never safe. No-one must know.
The book is told in the Point Of View of Eva, who lives inside Addie’s head, inside her body. Once she used to be able to control what they did as well as Addie, but now she is powerless, helpless; trapped in a void between reality as she knows it, and endless darkness.
With such a different and hard character to be able to connect to my hat goes off to Kat Zhang for managing to relay both the girl’s feelings and emotions superbly well.
The characters were so believable;
Eva, strong and determined, the more adventurous and brave of the two: the flickering flame that refuses to be doused. I think she was my favourite character, not because the story was told because
And Addie, the girl who has a power and control she sometimes doesn't want to embrace, the girl who has to risk her life every day for her sister.
These two girls were just so strong and it blew my mind how much stamina and determination they had to keep such a massive secret.
Although Jaime wasn't a main character as such, his story tugged at my heartstrings and
When Eva and Addie talk to him about his other half I nearly started crying, just the way he talked about him, it was hardly any words but the emotion carried across with them were so powerful, making you feel every emotion he could possibly be feeling.
Which brings me onto the writing;
Kat Zhang has made the writing very easy to understand so almost anyone could read it but behind nearly every word is a meaning, behind nearly every sentence there are unspoken feelings, behind nearly every conversation there are deep emotion that hit us as we read them, and although this made me feel sad, happy, angry and disgusted at the government, I loved every bit of it.
What’s Left of Me is a beautifully crafted tale of two girls in a very difficult position to say the least. Woven into the story are secrets, lies, and a truck load of emotion that will make you smile, cry and feel angry. With evil minded governments, hybrids and innocent, powerless young girls fighting for their lives, it’s a roller-coaster of a ride but I absolutely adored it.
Poignant, powerful, perfect
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*Thanks to Harper Collins for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.