Monday, 12 January 2015

Book Review: Whats Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles Book 1) by Kat Zhang

  • Series: Hybrid Chronicles (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062114883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062114884

Fans of Stephenie Meyer's The Host will enjoy What's Left of Me, Kat Zhang's shocking, thought-provoking, and emotionally charged story of two souls sharing one body.
What's Left of Me, the first book of the Hybrid Chronicles, is set in an alternate reality where everyone is born with two souls. But one soul is naturally dominant, and in early childhood, the other soul fades away.
That didn't happen for Addie and Eva. Now fifteen, Eva clings to life inside the body she shares with Addie, although she can no longer speak or even move.
Addie does everything she can to hide the presence of her sister soul. Eva's very existence is illegal. If their secret is revealed, it could mean death for both of them.

About the author: Kat Zhang

Kat Zhang is an avid traveler, and after a childhood spent living in one book after another, she now builds stories for other people to visit. An English major at Vanderbilt University, she spends her free time performing Spoken Word poetry, raiding local bookstores, and plotting where to travel next. She is represented by Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong. You can read about her travels, literary and otherwise, on her website or check her out on Twitter.

My Review:  I picked this book up as I had see HOST by Stephanie Meyers and it rang of similarities but not copying.  This is the first book by Kat Zhang I have read and I will admit I was wary at the onset and confused at times.  There wasn't a thorough introduction into the life of this world or any details as to how this happened.  I became intrigued by the duality of the people and the intense passion against change as humans have so often shown.  I loved the story and the depth of characters Kat portrayed.  The trials those poor children were going through was heartbreaking to read but I had faith the story would lighten up and end a little happier.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I look forward to picking up the next in this instalment and enjoying it.  I give this book a 5 out of 5 for keeping me captured.