Title: What’s Left of Me
Author/s: Kat Zhang
Publication Date: September 18th 2012
Number of Pages: 343
“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.”
Two souls sharing one body. The other soul is dominant, while the other is subservient. Eva is the submissive, since she’s trapped and unable to control their body, she has no choice but watch Addie live the life she should’ve had.
Addie and Eva, inhabiting one body, could at least be the same, right? But they are not. They’re total opposites. They don’t think alike, they have different characters, and their voice are distinctive too. Despite their differences, they have a really strong bond that anyone would envy. Phenomenal. It was amazingly done.
The first part of the story came out as fast-paced. Additional characters were immediately introduced and it was a bit confusing. Nonetheless, it worked well. Perfectly fine.
I disliked the world-building. I do understand that they were kept in the dark. Aside from being sloppy and chaotic, there weren’t enough points, I needed more details.
There wasn’t a time that I got bored reading the book. There were small amount of downsides, but it’s understandable. The concept is far the most intriguing dystopian I’ve read. The plot was truly complex but it will keep your grip ’til the last page. It was original, brilliant. Unfortunately, it was okay not until I reached 30 pages away from the end, it was at speed.
However, Zhang’s writing style is stupefying. Really, I didn’t expect her writing to imprison me. She has this narrating skills that I truly admire. And her way of delivering dialogues are fascinating. But Amy Zhang did make a lot of repetitions which made me bang my head unto my pillow. That was close.
I was actually disappointed, I expected a lot. I can’t recommend What’s Left of Me to dystopian lovers. But if you do want to read a book with less suspense and actions, it’s suitable for you.