Thursday, 6 September 2012

Review: What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang


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.


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I thought I'd got bored of dystopian novels because man of the ones I've read of late have been very samey. I'm delighted to say that this certainly wasn't the case with this book as I found that I was captivated from the first page until the last.

What really struck me about this book is that is is very original in its ideas. It's dystopian but not like an other dystopian I've read. It's set in a world where peep are born with two souls. The idea is that by the time children get to 10/11 years old one of the souls will have taken over dominance and the other will have faded away. Those who don't settle are hounded and tested until they do as those with two souls intact are treated as the scape goats within society and seen as the enemy of the state and people. This is a problem for people like Addie and Eva two souls who never settled but told their parents that they did. They manage to get away with it unnoticed for a while, that is until she meets some friends who open their eyes to the way could be for them if the government interference and prejudice wasn't an issue.

What I really enjoyed about this both was the main characters Addie and Eva and seeing their very unique world view from their shared body. Their conversations were fascinating and through them a lot of questions were raised and explored about what it means to be human that we're really poignant. I loved what the book had to say about the role of the government and the media in using propaganda to coerce a populations int their way of thinking. I also loved that the book was well paved and engaging throughout barely giving me the need to take a back as I wanted to find out more and more about what was going on.

By the end of the book I was enthralled and pleased to both see that it tied up well as a standalone in its own right but also that it left a way for the next instalment which I am already excited about reading. A brilliant start to a fascinating and unique series which I cannot wait to continue. 

1 comment:

Clover said...

I really enjoyed this one as well!