Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Review: The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination – an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her ‘other’, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.
But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.
Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known – the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love – to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive ...
A really interesting read.
I must say it did take me a while to get into the lost girl. The story starts quite slowly as you start to get to know Eva and her situation and I did find my interest waning at times but I am really glad I held on and carried on with the book because once things kicked off it really interesting. The story itself followed Eva. Eva is a shadow, made with the sole purpose of replacing her other if something happens to her. This involves her staying hidden up from the world but also having to studying the person she may one day have to become. However Eva doesn't want that life for herself and wants to be her own person and risks everything to have some things for herself which is all very well for the present but not for the long term if she has to become her other.
The thing that really stuck with me whilst reading this book was how beautiful the writing was. It really drew me into the story and the characters and by the time I got to the end of the book I felt really invested in them and their story. You got a real sense of how they were feeling and how their minds worked which made you feel for them evening more as the story went on.
A fab read I really enjoyed.