What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
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…
This is one of those stories that once I started reading, I couldn't put down. I kept reading just one more chapter until suddenly I had finished the entire book! It was just that good!
The idea that everyone is born with two souls in their body, co-existing peacefully until one eventually fades away, is both horrifying and intriguing. But what happens when the second soul doesn't fade away? Eva and Addie don't want to risk finding out, so they pretend to be normal and that Eva is gone.
Not much of a life for Eva, trapped inside their body, helpless and unheard by anyone but Addie. But then one day they find out that they're not alone. That they aren't the only hybrids around. And that there's a way for Eva to come out; a way for her to take control of their body again and walk and talk once more! Incredibly dangerous, but a risk Eva is willing to take and that Addie can't deny her.
Eva and Addie are both fascinating characters! While Addie may be the dominant soul, Eva is no doormat. Really enjoyed getting to know both of the girls! Their schoolmate Hally and her brother Devon were great characters too!
Without giving too much away, the girls face a terrifying situation and they both discover that they're stronger than expected. Loved watching Eva come into her own! And the things they discover! Wow! Just....wow!
Am a little surprised that this is Zhang's first novel, as she's an incredibly talented writer and I thought the story was very well done! Very polished and smooth! I had no trouble keeping track of who was who, as both Eva and Addie had their own unique voice.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this one, as I was very impressed and can't wait to see what happens next!
eARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review