What's Left of Me
By: Kat Zhang
Released: September 18, 2012
Source: ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon
"What's Left of Me tells the story of a fifteen-year-old girl fighting for her right to survive in a world where two souls are born into each body and one is doomed to disappear. Pitched as The Golden Compass meets Girl, Interrupted. 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."(summary from goodreads.com)
What's Left of Me had a very fascinating concept. In this world there are two souls born into a body and after a few years one of the souls fades away. However Addie is still keeping a secret that Eva never did fade away and she is still there.
It was weird getting used to two characters being in one body. Eventually though I got used to the dialogue between Addie and Eva. However I hated Addie. The more I read this book the more I couldn't stand Addie. I tried to look at it in her way but I just kept thinking that she was selfish and weak. I definitely didn't agree with her choices and I felt like screaming at her like Eva was screaming at her. Now on the other side though I loved Eva. She was a great character and I wish she was the dominant soul in the body. I just thought Eva was funny, stronger, and more selfless.
There were plenty of other characters I really liked too such as Hally and Devon. While reading though I definitely needed to make a character chart because there are a lot of names. It could get a little confusing at times in the beginning but by the second half of the book it was easier to follow.
The plot was really interesting and paced well. I loved learning about the two souls and the hybrids. There are a lot of questions unanswered but I think that this book was a good set up for the start of a series. The was predictable but I still found that it was hard to put this book down once I did start reading. It could get kind of creepy and horrifying as well. I definitely enjoyed the last few chapters the most. Overall I really enjoyed What's Left of Me and will be looking forward to the next book.