Eva, Can You Hear Me?

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

First Look:

Well, on first look, I only saw the half of a Big Face, but the hidden silhouette redeems it, and goes well with the themes of the book.

Jacket Copy:

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.

Sequel?

Yep, the second book (of a *sigh* planned trilogy) is out in September.

Worth Reading?

Yes…it’s written sparsely and engaging like an action movie, but an action movie that makes you think.

Notable Things:

Unique concept!  Although it fits under the umbrella of dystopia, unlike with vampires, witches/wizards, werewolves, mermaids, and fallen angels, I’ve never seen this character concept before.

Sweet Romance!  Eva and Ryan are encumbered by a real obstacle–each of them shares a body with another soul–so their romance, of necessity, progresses slowly.  In a YA world full of instalove, it’s nice to read about a relationship that develops more naturally.

Developed Characters!  Even the minor characters were clearly different from each other.

Elaboration:

I tore through What’s Left of Me in probably less than 24 hours (including the time I was at work!).  There was a lot of food for thought, and I was still ruminating on it much later.  I complain a lot about the trend for trilogies, but I do want to read the next volume ASAP.

Disclosure:

Got a free ARC from work.

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