“I’m lucky just to be alive.”
Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away.
Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.
Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.
Following the aftermath of Eva and Addie’s escape from the institution, Once We Were starts off with them hiding out in a Resistance member’s apartment. This city has quite a number of resistance members and those hybrids the resistance has saved.
We get to see them interact and how Eva and Addie adapt to a life hiding out. I guess in a way they were always used to hiding something about themselves but now they are pretty much wanted fugitives.
There is some unrest among the younger generation as to how active the older resistance members are in regards to rescuing hybrids. You see somewhat of a change between the roles Eva and Addie seemed to play in the first book, What’s Left of Me.
I have to admit I couldn’t even remember who was who there for awhile. It took a good number of chapters to get reacquainted with them as characters. I think some of this might have to do with the largest cast of characters and the fact that pretty much everyone has two personae living inside them so there was just so many names flying around constantly. Being the fast reader that I am this could at times cause me to really slow down, backtrack and reread. Not to mention we met several new characters. Some I could have done with out but overall good additions.
Now, the relationship developments I really enjoyed. They were slow and thought out, not just between the guys and girls but also the way that the relationship between Eva and Addie changed. As they are adjusting to the fact that both of them deserve to be there and them trying to toy with the one of them going to sleep to give the other private time.
While I wasn’t wow’d this was ultimately a good second showing for Kat Zhang and a nice continuation of the story.
Read my review of Book One: What’s Left of Me