Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Series: The Hybrid Chronicles #1
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: ARC sent my way by Elena (Thank you!)
Challenge: 2012 Debut Author Challenge
Eva and Addie are two souls sharing one body - a hybrid. But there's a catch: at a certain point, one of them has to fade. To keep up appearances, Eva and Addie pretend that Eva is gone... even when she's still trapped inside the body they share. Things change when they discover that there may be a way for Eva to take control of their body again.
What’s Left of Me is certainly one of the most unique and most promising books I’ve read this year. I enjoyed reading it, and could not put it down once I had passed a certain point. I loved the fact that it made me wonder about what I would do if I were in the same situation as Eva and Addie.
The reader experiences the entire story from the perspective of Eva. Eva is an interesting character because she has little to no control over the body she’s in, as she’s the soul who was supposed to have “faded” away. While she’s still around, it is Addie who controls their body, and Addie whom everyone recognizes and acknowledges at all times.
It isn’t hard to commiserate with Eva. Just thinking about being trapped in a body and unable to voice your opinions or move your own limbs makes me feel claustrophobic. I ached for her and my heart hurt reading about her thoughts and feelings. I wanted so much for her to be able to have her freedom!
As for Addie, she was simply... there. I think that surprised me, because it’s supposed to be the other way around - Eva is recessive, Addie is dominant. Instead, I get more of a sense of Eva in this book, than I do of Addie.
There were definitely moments I wanted to shake some sense into Addie. I could understand where she was coming from though, as her actions were borne out of fear and societal pressure and what was considered to be the norm. It would have been difficult living in a world where hybrids are not allowed and trying to hide the fact.
One thing I will give Addie props for - she never once seriously considers getting rid of Eva by any means. In fact, I feel like she’d be lost without her and vice versa. They were bonded in a way unlike any other, and just being exposed to how they felt about one another was very interesting.
This book definitely does not explain why hybrids would actually be a problem in society, leaving it up to the reader to interpret the risk for themselves. While I would have appreciated a tad bit more world-building, it didn’t take away too much from my enjoyment. There was enough going on with these characters and what was happening to them to keep me invested. I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment in this series, and highly recommend What’s Left of Me as one of my top debuts for the year.