Date of Publication: September 18 2012
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.
Eva and Addie have two souls in a society where your second soul is supposed to disappear lest you'll be labelled a hybrid and locked up. The story starts by introducing us to their world and their complex relationship. It's a very chilling situation to read about because there are some desolate times and no one really is to blame. Can Addie be blamed for wanting to be normal? Can Eva be blamed for refusing to disappear? The girls love one another and often have to compromise.
The story is fast paced in that a lot happens. 50 pages in and the plot had already started. Everything in this book is based on the concept that there are two souls in one body and that's so wrong. It's a dystopia and there is a history that is mentioned but never fully explained. Like all dystopias, there are lies and I really hope Addie and Eva find a way to uncover everything.
I thought there was a lot that was well done since What's Left of Me was easy to read and interesting, but I was a little sad that I wasn't more into it. I know it's a lame excuse but there just wasn't that spark.
While I thought Addie and Eva were nice characters, I didn't feel like I knew them enough to truly sympathize with them. There was a lack of emotional connection to them and all the other characters. I'd like character development to be something that grows with the sequel.