What's Left of Me

What's Left of Me

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by Kat Zhang

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Fans of Stephenie Meyer's The Host will enjoy What's Left of Me, Kat Zhang's shocking, thought-provoking, and emotionally charged story of two souls sharing one body.

What's Left of Me, the first book of the Hybrid Chronicles, is set in an alternate reality where everyone is born with two souls. But one soul is

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Fans of Stephenie Meyer's The Host will enjoy What's Left of Me, Kat Zhang's shocking, thought-provoking, and emotionally charged story of two souls sharing one body.

What's Left of Me, the first book of the Hybrid Chronicles, is set in an alternate reality where everyone is born with two souls. But one soul is naturally dominant, and in early childhood, the other soul fades away.

That didn't happen for Addie and Eva. Now fifteen, Eva clings to life inside the body she shares with Addie, although she can no longer speak or even move.

Addie does everything she can to hide the presence of her sister soul. Eva's very existence is illegal. If their secret is revealed, it could mean death for both of them.

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School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Everyone is born with a twin: two souls-one body. Only, in America, it's illegal to remain that way-to be a hybrid. The dominant soul is supposed to take over, and the recessive, or weaker one is supposed to disappear, usually by the time the child is six. But even though Addie was the stronger soul, Eva held on. Despite the fact that she could no longer move or speak to anyone but Addie, she didn't go away. Now that they are teens, Addie and Eva have adopted rules of behavior in order to survive: don't stand out, don't be exceptional, blend in at all costs. But then the girls become friends with Hally and her brother, Devon, and the siblings show the sisters that there's another way to live-Eva can reemerge. But Eva's freedom comes at high price: imprisonment in a hospital that wants to "cure" kids of being hybrids and where patients who "go home" are never heard from again. This uniquely imagined novel doesn't fall short in the execution. Zhang's prose is lovely, and the plot is compelling to the last page. If there's one complaint to be made it's that the differences in characterization of the hybrid siblings are very subtle, and it's occasionally difficult to immediately see the change when different personalities take over. It will be easy to categorize this book as yet another dystopian novel, but it is remarkable and will stand out from the rest.—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO

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Hybrid Chronicles Series , #1
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Kat Zhang is an avid traveler, and after a childhood spent living in one book after another, she now builds stories for other people to visit, including the Hybrid Chronicles.

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What's Left of Me: The Hybrid Chronicles, Book One 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins publishers, and Edelweiss.) 15-year-old Addie lives in a world where every baby is born with two souls; two different consciousness’ living in the same body and mind. Between the ages of 5 and 10, every child loses their second soul, in a process known as ‘settling’. The dominant soul fully takes control of the body, and the recessive soul simply fades away. Addie is unusual in that she didn’t settle until she was 12. A fact that nearly cost her her life, but what nobody knows is that while Addie has full control of her body, her sister Eva still lives on within her mind. Addie/Eva are what is known as a hybrid, and in the USA this is basically illegal, if they are caught they will be experimented on or killed, so Addie says nothing, and Eva remains trapped in her own body. When a girl at school Hally reveals herself to Addie as a hybrid too and tries to get Addie to admit that Eva never disappeared, Addie wonders if it is a trick, but Eva is desperate to find out if she could get her control back and no longer have to live imprisoned in her body. Unfortunately though, Hally manages to get herself sent to an institution for hybrids, and tells the people there Addie’s secret, meaning that Addie is taken too, and must now find a way out, before the people there try to take Eva away from her forever. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the relationship between Addie and Eva, and felt sorry for poor Eva being totally unable to exert control over her own body. Eva was such a strong character, stronger even than Addie who was supposedly the ‘dominant’ soul. She hung on in there, desperate to hang onto life, not wanting to fade away, always wanting to experience more, even when everybody told her that she should be gone already. I felt sorry for Eva in the way that she was treated, even by Addie, who at one point blames their hybrid status on Eva, because if Eva had just let herself fade away like she should have, Addie would be normal. I also felt sorry for the other children at the institute who were being experimented on. It was so terrible how their other halves were being ripped away from them, and how they were told that they were sick and wrong because they were hybrids. I really don’t understand how people could possibly live with this kind of torture! Having a child who has two separate personalities inside, naming them different names, and then having to live with the knowledge that at some point one of them will basically cease to exist! I also find it very difficult to imagine living with someone else in your head, and having to share a body, but also, if you had had someone else in your head since birth, how would it be to have them disappear and be no longer there! The grief that the children felt about the loss of their twin was just so poignant, and sad. The story was well paced, and the finale was so tense! My heart was racing, my hands were shaking, and I was silently begging ‘They’ve got to make it, they’ve got to make it!’ There was a little touch of romance, but nothing too much, I’m guessing that this might be explored more in future books. Overall; I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next books in the series! If you love dystopian YA, you’ll love this! 8.75 out of 10.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
This is one of the coolest covers I've seen in a really long time! I've been staring at it for a couple of weeks and only just now noticed the profile of the other girl. I was really looking forward to reading this because the summary sounded intriguing and unique. Kat Zhang has done an excellent job of presenting a story that questions what it is that makes us a person. Is it our soul or is it a physical body? This was more Sci-Fi than I expected and I did find it hard to keep track of who was who at times. For example, you might have three physical people in the same room but there would actually be six total - two souls each sharing one body. When the topic of romance came up, I felt a little awkward because how do you handle a kissing situation when both people can experience things but only one wants too? I'm sure this will be explored in future books but I couldn't help thinking that it vaguely reminded me of a Siamese Twin scenario. I do feel this story is well written with a very interesting concept and raises thought provoking questions. While it may not have been the book for me, someone else will love it, I have no doubt!
Kimmiepoppins More than 1 year ago
I am fascinated by the idea of two souls living in every body. What an out of the box, interesting thing to think about, let alone craft into an intriguing story. Kat Zhang has hit a home run with WHAT'S LEFT OF ME--the first book in THE HYBRID CHRONICLES. Can't wait to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic premise that starts off so promisingly, then falls flat and slogs through severe pacing and convenience issues. Plastic bad guys and contrivance of circumstance made most of what wasn't poorly paced difficult to read. The story was good, the plotting disappointing. Requires much suspension of disbelief--not that this could happen, but that the adults who wield so much power in this setting could make such stupid mistakes, that a facility of such importance could have such lax security and such little oversight. This favoring of "what I need to happen" over "what would logically happen next" really ruined an otherwise enjoyable novel for me. That said, Eva is a fascinating character, and the ideas here are interesting, if sadly framed in cookie-cutter "thriller" motifs. Hoping for a much tighter sequel.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
First things first—is that a stunning cover or what? Whoever the artist is, they captured perfectly the dichotomy that exists in Addie/Eva and, even before you read the book’s description, you know there is an intense story here. The really good news is there is no mislead, no deception. What’s Left of Me is a story that’s every bit as stunning as its cover. In some ways, this reminded me of The Host by Stephenie Meyer, the only book of hers that I like. In that tale, the two entities sharing the same body and brain are a human and an alien invader. That’s really where the similarity ends because those two entities have not been together since birth and they are not teenagers seemingly abandoned by any adults who ought to care what happens to them. I love that the recessive personality, Eva, is the narrator because we get so much of what she has had to do to survive, hidden from everyone but her partner, Addie. We also learn a great deal about Addie since, after all, no one could know her better than Eva does, but we also get a very distinctive voice in Addie. Addie is the one that the world knows and she’s the one who has to make sure no hint escapes to let others know that Eva didn’t fade away as a good recessive should. Even her own parents and brother don’t know the truth because the truth will lead to disaster. Ms. Zhang does a really nice job with secondary characters, too, and the children being “tested” are especially poignant while the fear and hopelessness engendered by Mr. Conivent and the review board are palpable. If I wished for anything in this first book, it would be more worldbuilding, more explanation of how hybrids came to be and why America has become so isolationist. I do want to mention that the Mullan family is a nice touch, an example of ethnic bias gone very wrong. More than anything else, though, I was terribly saddened by the simply awful choices that have to be made by the very people Addie (and Eva) count on the most and how the girls must come to terms with what they can only see as betrayal. All in all, What’s Left of Me is a unique take on a person’s fight to survive despite horrendous odds. Kat Zhang has written a captivating story, made even more remarkable by the fact that her publisher picked up her trilogy when she was all of 19 years old. That’s not unheard of, certainly, but the wonder of her prose and her imagination is rarely found without many more years experience. Addie and Eva are in my heart now and I hate having to wait for the next book. I’m looking forward to the complete trilogy but also to years of pleasure reading the work of this author who has immense talent. What’s Left of Me will be in my list of favorite books of 2012.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so far the best I've ever read. There's A LOT of suspense and action and maybe love and friendship and all kinds of stuff. Its a mashup of everything I like in a book. Can't wait to readtherest of the series. Trust me. Its awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was originally really excited to read this book but it quickly became disappointing. This book was horribley slow and the main character was irritating. I really wish i hadn't spent my money on this book.
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
I don't want to imagine what it'd be like to be in Eva's position, watching the world pretend to forget about you when before they would call you along with the other soul inhabiting your body. Before, it was Addie and Eva, Eva and Addie, but now it's just Addie. To watch your parents sob with relief when they think you've disappeared. Eva hasn't heard anyone call out her name in years. Because of this, I don't know if I can fault her for jeopardizing her and Addie's safety for the chance to speak again and walk, just to feel herself in control of their body again. Eva is compassionate. She doesn't fault Addie for being hesitant to relinquish control of their body or even for being the one to dominate all of their parents' love, for living the life she could have had. She's the more self-assured of the two for all that Addie has the outside friends; she knows that Addie couldn't live without her and keeps an eye out for her other self. Eva is the one willing to take risks whereas  Addie is the meeker of the two and tends to follow the rules. Addie is forgetful, hesitant at crucial times, and dependent on Eva to make the hard choices. She can come off as self-centered, but she's a sweet girl. As much trouble as she gives Eva, she truly does care about her and does the best she can in her own way to protect the two of them. The strength of the novel lies in the power of Eva's voice. In the way she oftentimes talks about her and Addie's shared body as "our body," their hand as "our hand," because it belongs to both of them. They're like twins, only closer. They share a life. The only difference is that Addie is the one in control most of the time, and Eva can only assist her as she takes them through their daily life. Out of all the characters, the two of them are the most developed, though their daily conversations with each other. I do wish that we got to see more of the other characters, especially Hally and Lissa, Devon and Ryan. However, it doesn't mean that they're any less dynamic than Eva and Addie. It only feels as though we see less of them because Eva and Addie interact with each other so much; and also because they are so heavily supervised at the Ward. Most of the world-building takes place within Eva and Addie's head. We know that the Americas claim to have severed all trade and connection with the rest of the outside world, that hybrids are considered a threat to society, and that those who fail to separate are sent to institutions. Why so, we have yet to find out. However, it's all right for this book because Eva and Addie are still trying to figure out what the truth is; they're still fighting to stay alive. Mostly, What's Left of Me is a setup for the greater plot, and it looks like there's a lot more action to come. I can't wait to read the second book in the Hybrid Chronicles. I'm looking forward to seeing more of the hybrids and learning more about the dystopic world they live in.
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I loved this book. First of all the cover got you thinking. Also, i dont know how Kat Zhang came up with the idea. It kept me on the egde of my seat the whole time. I loved it. It is one of my favorite books ever. I hope everyone likes it as much as me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG if there was a second book it should be called whats right of me!!! Hahaha get it!! SORRY ITS JUST SOOO TRUE!!!!! when i told my friend that, she said the worst thing possible... that the third book should be called whats on top of me.... i started laughing soo freakin' hard, but she didn't get it until like ten minutes later and then felt really stupid. ANYWAYS... this book is really great... i totally recomend it :)
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Wheres book two i have been dying to read it already
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Kaitlynn_Skies More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5 stars "What's Left of Me" is set in a world where every person is born with two souls. Two personalities, two people, one body. They alternate control of the body until one soul, the dominant soul, takes over completely, leaving the recessive soul to fade away. If the other soul refuses to fade, the person is deemed a hybrid and is sent to a correctional hospital. Addie and Eva had trouble settling, and now everyone believes Addie is the dominant soul, but Eva's still there, though she can no longer control the body. When Eva gets a chance to move again, will Addie and Eva take the risk for Eva to be able to walk and talk? I have to say, this book was truly fantastic. I was hooked and couldn't wait until the moment I could just stick my nose right back inside its cover and continue where I left off. The whole idea of two souls in one body is so original and I really like that. Kat Zhang does a great job of creating a plot all around this idea. Oh, and can I say that the cover is beautiful? *SPOILER ALERT AHEAD* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . However, the only downside I'd have to say is that the book had mentions of North America being the only continent left in the world. Unbeknownst to North America, they're not the only ones left, and the other continents are still functioning. I really would have appreciated it if this subject was delved into a bit more, otherwise, great book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . *SPOILER ALERT OVER* In all, I've just got one thing left to say: when's the next book in the series coming out? c:
PRW1 More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a school lesson and I thought it was ok.  It was about hybrids which is one person with two souls basically.  If you are  still a hybrid at the age of 11you can be taken away by the police, I guess you would call them.  Then you are usually never seen again.   I liked this book because it was pretty interesting to think what if this would be our world eventually.  I didn't like it because it was pretty  confusing to read.  Also at some parts it was slow moving.  Other wise I would recommend this book to any one who likes a calling to read, or if they like reading about a messed up government.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about it, WHAT'S LEFT OF ME reminded me a bit of THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer. From its general idea of two souls living in one body. But that's where all similarities end. Kat Zhang's story goes an entirely different way. It's hard to describe the setting of WHAT'S LEFT OF ME. The world feel apart a long time ago, with the US in the middle of riots and fights for power. So that makes it feel like a dystopian. At the same time the protagonists' lives feels ordinary and almost boring in the first few chapters. I would've wished for a bit more action. The concept of living with two souls in one body, is called hybridity. It's perfectly normal to start out with two differen personalities, but children are encouraged or forced to abandon one in the process of maturing. It's forbidden to be a hybrid to ensure stability and order. So that's where our protagonist Addie & Eva come into play. Addie's the dominant soul controlling their body and pretending to be the only soul left in that girl's body, but there's still Eva left. Always in the background of their life. The interesting part is that the story is told from Eva's point of view. She's been the best observer all along, only concentrating on still being a part somehow and not getting lost. I enjoyed Eva's voice and her telling the story, but I've got a bunch of things that just didn't work for me. The first chapter does a good job of introducing us to the setting, characters and the point that our main character Addie & Eva is a hybrid, which is forbidden. We get the conflict and know what to expect in future. A clash between hybrids and the government, Eva & Addie and the rest of society. The next several chapters, follow the same rythm though. All the time circling around Addie & Eva being a hyrid and what it means for them, for their family, for their neighbours, fellow students. At some point I felt too tired to listed to that anymore. With two souls in one body it might not be easy to live together and there is a higher conflict potential, but their inner quarrels about doing this or doing that, the right and wrong thing, got on my nerve after some time. Could also be because I didn't really find a connection to Addie, and only to Eva. A big part of the novel is made up of inner conversation between Eva and Addie, which makes an easy to read dialogue. It's marked through special signs; so that you don't get too confused about who's speaking. There is action to some extend and the setting changes to something more threatening after some time into the story. Addie & Eva are confronted with several obstacles and revelations concerning the being of hybrids. They are forced to make rash decisions to not only save their lives but these of their friends, too. There's also a time span in which Addie & Eva mostly interact with fellow hybrids to experience what it means being hybrid. That's when they also meet the potential love interest, Ryan. The bond between Eva and him was the only thing that kept me reading til the end, because I really wanted to know how their feelings for each other unfolded and in how far a relationship would be possible with Eva who's never really been in control over their body. THE VERDICT 2,5/5 **/* WHAT'S LEFT OF ME - Or better what's left of my patience. Two or three likeable characters can't increase my interest in this very slow paced dystopia. The HYBRID CHRONICLES are based on an interesting concept and Kate Zhang really did find a good voice for protagonist Eva and an intriguing way to develop the romance between her and Ryan. But there were just too many aspects about the story that were not to my liking. I'm not sure if I'll find the time and patience to read the sequel of WHAT'S LEFT OF ME if it's held in the same detailed and slow paced writing, but I still recommend you to give this story a try if the summary and story concept sound appealing to you.
AmieKaufman More than 1 year ago
Incredible prose, characters I didn't want to leave and a plot that wouldn't leave me. I tore through this book on an international flight, standing reading by the baggage claim because I just had to reach the end. Kat Zhang's writing is gorgeous, and she explores both dark and inspiring places fearlessly. This book isn't afraid to open up questions, or to take you places you're scared to go, asking what it is that makes you a person, and what can take that away from you. Beautiful, poignant and just hopeful enough, I loved this story
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