What's Left Of Me: A Hybrid Novel by Kat ZhangWhat's Left Of Me: A Hybrid Novel by Kat Zhang

What's Left Of Me: A Hybrid Novel

byKat Zhang

Hardcover | September 18, 2012

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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.

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.
Title:What's Left Of Me: A Hybrid NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.13 inPublished:September 18, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062114875

ISBN - 13:9780062114877


Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book deserves more attention! I first saw this in stores and was immediately captivated by this STUNNING cover with the dual image. The blurb immediately told me it was a dystopian, and since I love the genre, I had to pick it up. This is good. It's creative. As a writer, I am constantly trying to think of things that could make a dystopian work. Zhang used two souls in one body. I would have never thought of writing something like this, and it works! I'm not sure if you could say this is supposed to represent either our conscious, imaginary friend, or something else. Regardless, this is a book to remember. I agree with the quoted critique on the back cover (I cannot remember the YA author) who said it "redefines what it means to be human". This book really makes you think about human nature, life, and morals. There are also elements of suspense and romantic tension, which makes this book even better. I really do not know why this book isn't popular. WHAT'S LEFT OF ME reminds me a LOT of Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT. By that, I mean more plot than content. Unfortunately, I can't really make a brief comparison without ruining this book. Fans of the DIVERGENT series will definitely enjoy this, which is book one of THE HYBRID CHRONICLES. I can easily see this becoming a New York Times' Bestseller. A good mention is on the author herself. Zhang is young, as anyone can very easily see through her author portrait at the back. It also reveals she's a university (my guess is undergraduate) student. I'm amazed and inspired that she is able to balance the busy academic life of university, and to be published, all while continuing to study English literature.
Date published: 2013-03-01

Editorial Reviews

“An intriguing depiction of sibling relationships and the challenges of learning to live as distinct, though not physically separate, individuals.”