I feel like I need to tell you about this book so I can say that I don’t fall in love with every dystopian novel even though it appears that way. So this book review is solely for me to gain some credibility and tell you that I don’t love them all equally!
What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang is based on the idea that all humans are born with two souls inside of them. And in futuristic America, that is something that needs to be extinguished. So after fighting war after war with other countries that allow these weird two-souled people to exist (called hybrids), America has closed itself off from the rest of the world and is working on permanently eradicating the second soul.
When Eva and Addie are born, they are just like every other baby born: two souls in one body where, eventually, one soul will “win out” or become the dominant and the other one will fade away. Except that didn’t happen with Eva and Addie. And while they’ve learned to live quite happily as two souls in one body, the United States government doesn’t want them to exist.
So when hybrids start being round up, Eva and Addie do everything they can to stay under the radar. But eventually, their good luck runs out.
What happens to them and other hybrid kids like them is unimaginable. And once Eva and Addie learn the truth, they’ll stop at nothing to make sure it never happens again.
The premise of this book is good, but I just couldn’t care about the characters. What’s Left of Me is the first in series about the hybrid kids (and adults) and what their world is becoming. I didn’t care enough about the story to find any other books in this series, this sounds cold, but I don’t particularly care what happens to them. And that’s the (well-known) secret about great books: the reader gets so caught up in the story, with the characters, that we must know what happens next.
What about you? Have you read this YA book? Did you like it? Have you ever read a book that you just didn’t care for?
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