What's Left of Me: The Hybrid Chronicles, Book One

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“An intriguing depiction of sibling relationships and the challenges of learning to live as distinct, though not physically separate, individuals.”
Lauren DeStefano
“A shockingly unique story that redefines what it means to be human.”
Lissa Price
“A deeply original tale of longing for identity; so skillfully crafted, the words float above the page.”
Publishers Weekly
First in the Hybrid Chronicles, Zhang’s debut novel, set in a xenophobic alternate America, is narrated by 15-year-old Eva, who shares a body with her “sister,” Addie. The girls are a “hybrid,” with Addie controlling motor function and acting as their public persona. They live in a society in which hybrids have been forbidden for decades. “Settling”—allowing the dominant soul to assert itself— is mandatory, so Eva’s existence must remain secret, even from their family. Soon after Addie and Eva meet two other hybrids, they are all in danger of being discovered and taken away for treatment. Addressing issues of identity, ethics, and choice, Zhang’s concept is original and provocative; the deep bond between Eva and Addie (the shifts between I, we, and she in Eva’s narration are especially haunting) and the mystery about why their society is so desperate to “fix” hybrids are riveting. An abundance of questions remain, even after Zhang’s well-orchestrated nail-biter of an ending. Zhang’s singular premise all but guarantees that readers will be eagerly awaiting those answers in the next installment. Ages 13–up. Agent: Emmanuelle Morgen, Stonesong. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
An unsettling dystopian adventure of two souls trapped in a single body. Like all children, Addie and Eva were born as two souls in the same body. As young children, the two personalities were both loved and indulged by their parents, but, unlike all the other children, Addie and Eva didn't "settle." In settling, the dominant soul takes over the single body and the recessive soul fades away. Children who don't settle are labeled hybrids and institutionalized. At age 6, Addie and Eva started seeing specialists to hasten the settling process, but the years of treatments have been unsuccessful. To hide their shame, Addie takes the dominant role and Eva becomes invisible to the outside world, thereby convincing society that they are not a hybrid. However, when an experiment with their classmates goes wrong, Addie/Eva find themselves institutionalized and wrestling with what it means to have a voice. Brackets within the text differentiate Addie's external communication and Eva's internal dialogue with Addie, helping to clarify who is speaking when. Worldbuilding is a little on the thin side, but Addie and Eva's emotions are more than enough to carry readers along. A thought-provoking first installment in a series that unflinchingly takes on ethically challenging topics. (Dystopia. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062114884
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/13/2013
  • Pages: 343
  • Sales rank: 99,980
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Lexile: HL670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

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 What's Left of Me, her first novel, and its sequel, Once We Were.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Wanted this to be better

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Amazing!!! Beautimous!! Awesome!! #bestbookever

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Not a fan

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

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    This really is amazing. The idea is so interesting, I found myself thinking about a world with hybrids alot. If your reading this review, stop right now and go buy the book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Amazing

    This book is amazing. I had high expectations and it exceeded all of them. Worth more than you pay for it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Great book.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Hahaha hehehe gigglegiggle

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Havent read

    Can u tell me the deets my friend has it but i want to read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Ugh!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Book two?

    Wheres book two i have been dying to read it already

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Not that bad...

    Not that bad

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Interesting, but not addicting.

    While this is an interesting book, it doesn't keep you. For me addiction to a book is a big thing. If something makes me not mind putting it down...well, thats a big negetive.
    It takes place a world that is mixed between modern/realistic and a overly-controlled dystopian. The few details that she gives us about the world makes it seem appealing, but not so much that it compares to others in it's genre such as divergent, which gives a lot of detail about the world it takes place in and vivid descriptions. The few details we are given about Addie and Eva's world are cliche for the most part.
    1. They (the government) hate a certain type of person (in this case hybrids)
    2. They run commericals and highly encourage their nosy neighbours to rat them out.
    3. They send these people to institutions where theyre abused, mistreated, malnourished, and mostly forgotten about.
    4. It's for the "good of the country/world"

    But remember--cliches arent always a bad thing. Its just how you handle and potray them.

    Overall I wouldnt reccomend.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    You won't close the book.

    I personally got hipnotize with the cover, it just stunning. Then the title which was quite interesting when you put it with the cover. So I got the sample and knew that I need it to have the book. This amazing book by Kat Zhang (Which I hope rights more books and quickly) gives a heartwarming full of suspense story. This novel about this twin souled sisters who haven't settle and there amazing sort of survival story is one of my fav books. I read the first book in a couple of days, I read half the book in one day cause it was that good. It had the right amount of action but deepness at the same time, which I like. So overall, for me it was a great read. Recomend it completly.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Cool theme and good world developement

    Kat Zhang managed to make a cohesive world with an interesting use of perspective and real character development. I am interested to see further installments.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Amaxingly intriguing!

    This is my new favorite book. It captured my attention from the start. It was so interesting. Not at all confusing. It was exciting and sad and happy. It was romantic but not in any corny cheesy way. It was simply amazing. I would definitely recommend!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Couldnt put it down!!!!

    This book was great! Im an honest reviewer though so i will say the book started off a bit slow but quickly picks up and you wont stop reading till the end! I cant wait for the next book as im sure it will great too!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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