Review: What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

September 26, 2012 3 stars, Book Review, Young Adult 8 ★★★

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.

Fascinating story concept but a bit lackluster on the delivery.

In this version of the world everyone is born with two souls inhabiting one body. Eventually, the less dominant soul fades away until that person
completely disappears. At least that is what is supposed to happen. But not for Eva and Addy. They are in fear that they will be found out to be a hybrid. There are other countries around the world that are hybrid but their is not. Here hybrids are hated and feared.

I felt What’s Left of Me had so much potential because of the unique concept, but more than the first half of the book just drug on and on for me. There just wasn’t a whole lot going on until much later. I do like the interaction that I saw between Eva and Addy. I certainly wish there was stronger relationship building between them and the other characters.

I am curious enough to read the next book but I really hope that Zhang picks up the pace a lot for that one.

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8 Responses to “Review: What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang”

  1. Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

    I had high hopes for this book, so it’s a little dissapointing that it drags. The concept is very unique, sort of like a twist on Stephenie Meyer’s The Host, which is probably one of my favorite stories of all time. I hope going into What’s Left of Me with a little lower expectations will let me enjoy the story more since I won’t be hyping it up in my head so much. Thanks for the honest review!

  2. JennRenee

    I have been wanting to get to this book. It’s hard for me to get through slow books but I think I may eventually still give this a try. It sounds interestng. Great review!

  3. Angie @YA Novelties

    I’ve been really excited for this book, but there have been so many mixed reviews of it because of its slow plot and characters. I hope that it isn’t terrible because it seems to be one with so much going for it.