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What's Left of Me

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HOW I LIVE NOW meets HIS DARK MATERIALS in this stunningly written and intensely moving debut, the first book in the Hybrid trilogy.Imagine that you have two minds, sharing one body. You and your other self are closer than twins, better than friends. You have known each other forever.Then imagine that people like you are hated and feared. That the government want to hunt you down and tear out your second soul, separating you from the person you love most in the world.Now meet Eva and Addie.They don't have to imagine.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 25mm | 280g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007476817
  • 9780007476817
  • 75,105

About Kat Zhang

Inspired by the books she consumed all through her childhood, Kat Zhang has been writing in some form or another since elementary school. She was born in Texas but has lived in Connecticut, Tennessee, China, and, most recently, Georgia. Kat studies creative writing at Vanderbilt University and divides her free time between performing spoken word poetry, writing and raiding her local bookshop.show more

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"A shockingly unique story that redefines what it means to be human." - Lauren DeStefano, author of WITHERshow more

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13,901 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 28% (3,867)
4 36% (4,969)
3 27% (3,689)
2 7% (1,040)
1 2% (336)

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What's Left of Me is set in a world where children are born with two souls. As the child grows up one soul becomes dominant and the other recessive. Eventually in the childs life the recessive soul will fade away leaving only the dominant soul. However some children don't settle, and what happens then? At 15 Addie and Eva are faced with that problem.In a world where being a Hybrid is considered dangerous and a threat, Addie and Eva have to keep the fact that they have not yet settled a secret. But, as obstacles get in their way, can they? What's Left of Me was great and i did love it, but i just can't bring myself to give it five stars. I would love to rate it so high because the pace was crisp; the plot is brilliant and original beyond belief, and the concept that the story is told from the recessive soul, Eva, was a great twist on the common narrator. Everything was refreshing, fun, and there was never a dull or boring moment when reading Whatâ??s Left of Me, but it just missedâ?¦ something. In Whatâ??s Left of Me, we're told straight away that hybrids are unstable and dangerous, and if you have suspicions that someone might be a hybrid, report them immediately. However during the book we arent told why hybrids are so dangerous, and all the hybrids we are introduced to seem harmless enough. So whenever they are spoken about like that all i could think was â??Why?â?? It could be possible that they aren't any more dangerous than a normal person and they are just thought of this way because they are an anomaly in their normal society, and that's why there never was an explanation? Again, I'm not too sure, but I hope everything is cleared up in book two. As well as that little world-building flaw, there was a flaw in the writing for me that, while little at first, grew to be an annoyance the more I read the book. Zhangâ??s prose is beautiful, and, like the plot, the writing is crisp and it makes for fast reading, but, unfortunately Zhang uses an overwhelming amount of repetition when writing. At first, this was something I was able to look over easily, but, like I said, as I read more and more, and the use of repetition became more and more frequent, I became annoyed, but not overly so that I was unable to enjoy the book. And lastly in the things that make me conflicted on whether I should be giving Whatâ??s Left of Me four or five stars was that the ending felt too anticlimactic given all the buildup for it throughout the novel. It just didn't have the wow factor i was looking for (and expecting) Now onto less ranty things about Whatâ??s Left of Meâ??s rare flaws, and much more praising on everything else thatâ??s in Whatâ??s Left of Me, because everything else was amazing. Evaâ??s voice and experiences (or lack of) were heartbreaking, as was reading about her longing to talk, to move her fingers evenâ??all of the things we normally take for grantedâ??but she was physically unable to do. And, although for most of the book she couldn't even move her fingers, she was still stronger than half of the heroines in YA literature, and thatâ??s saying something. Another thing to absolutely love about Whatâ??s Left of Me is that all of the characters are flawed and believable, as are all of their relationships, especially the sisterly relationship between Eva and Addie, which was portrayed expertly. And, while there is some romance in Whatâ??s Left of Me, it takes up a very minor part in the actual story, and you might even forget there was a romance to begin with (like me). Overall, despite minor issues i had while reading i loved the book and will happily recommend it to all my friends and also to anyone looking for an original and refreshing new YA novel.show more
by Chloe McDonald
(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins publishers, and Edelweiss.) 15-year-old Addie lives in a world where every baby is born with two souls; two different consciousness' living in the same body and mind. Between the ages of 5 and 10, every child loses their second soul, in a process known as 'settling'. The dominant soul fully takes control of the body, and the recessive soul simply fades away. Addie is unusual in that she didn't settle until she was 12. A fact that nearly cost her her life, but what nobody knows is that while Addie has full control of her body, her sister Eva still lives on within her mind. Addie/Eva are what is known as a hybrid, and in the USA this is basically illegal, if they are caught they will be experimented on or killed, so Addie says nothing, and Eva remains trapped in her own body. When a girl at school Hally reveals herself to Addie as a hybrid too and tries to get Addie to admit that Eva never disappeared, Addie wonders if it is a trick, but Eva is desperate to find out if she could get her control back and no longer have to live imprisoned in her body. Unfortunately though, Hally manages to get herself sent to an institution for hybrids, and tells the people there Addie's secret, meaning that Addie is taken too, and must now find a way out, before the people there try to take Eva away from her forever. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the relationship between Addie and Eva, and felt sorry for poor Eva being totally unable to exert control over her own body. Eva was such a strong character, stronger even than Addie who was supposedly the 'dominant' soul. She hung on in there, desperate to hang onto life, not wanting to fade away, always wanting to experience more, even when everybody told her that she should be gone already. I felt sorry for Eva in the way that she was treated, even by Addie, who at one point blames their hybrid status on Eva, because if Eva had just let herself fade away like she should have, Addie would be normal. I also felt sorry for the other children at the institute who were being experimented on. It was so terrible how their other halves were being ripped away from them, and how they were told that they were sick and wrong because they were hybrids. I really don't understand how people could possibly live with this kind of torture! Having a child who has two separate personalities inside, naming them different names, and then having to live with the knowledge that at some point one of them will basically cease to exist! I also find it very difficult to imagine living with someone else in your head, and having to share a body, but also, if you had had someone else in your head since birth, how would it be to have them disappear and be no longer there! The grief that the children felt about the loss of their twin was just so poignant, and sad. I did find it quite strange initially that the story was told from Eva's point of view, but this wasn't an issue once I got into the story, and it was interesting to see things from Eva's point of view. I did find it a bit confusing at times though when Eva referred to things as 'ours' - our arm, our sock etc. I also cringed every time Addie accidentally said 'us' instead of I; convinced that they were going to give themselves away! The whole idea of two souls in one body, and the way one was dominant did massively remind me of 'The Host' by Stephenie Meyer, even though the story itself wasn't similar. The way that the two different people communicated and had different ideas and desires, was very similar though - not that this was a bad thing. The story was well paced, and the finale was so tense! My heart was racing, my hands were shaking, and I was silently begging 'They've got to make it, they've got to make it!' There was a little touch of romance, but nothing too much, I'm guessing that this might be explored more in future books. Overall; I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next books in the series! If you love dystopian YA, you'll love this! 8.75 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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