What's Left of Me

By Kat Zhang
Published on September 2012
Published by Harper Teen
Source: Netgalley
I should not exist. But I do. 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.(

This cover is gorgeous- can I just start with that?  The face, the fact that they chose shades of silver, gray, fuchsia, and purple to highlight the book, and the gorgeous typesetting all made up a very attractive and unique cover.  This book falls heavily into the science fiction category- one that tends to be hit or miss with me.

It took me a bit to warm up to this story.  It was a little jarring to have two protagonists who lived in the same body.  I thought it would be harder to know who was actually talking, but the author took care of that by making this solely Eva's narrative.  I thought that was incredibly wise- it would have been too confusing to have the inner monologue of both sisters.  I would have loved a little more backstory about how everyone ended up with two people in their bodies.  I am sure that will come out in later books because I don't think even the main characters themselves know the truth. 

I will admit, at the beginning of the story I didn't really like or care about either of the main characters.  I honestly considered making this book a "dnf".  I am glad I stuck with it though.  I adjusted to the main characters and really started to enjoy this story- it really is unlike anything I have ever read.  This is the kind of book that unravels slowly and it may take the entire series to understand what is going on completely.  There was a small amount of romance in the story, but it absolutely took a back seat to everything else going on in the story. I enjoyed this book- it wasn't life changing, but it was absolutely new and fresh compared to other books out there.  I look forward to keep reading this series.

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