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My name is Amanda, I'm 15 years old, and I (obviously) love to read. I mainly read young adult, but I read the occasional adult fiction or middle-grade. I make YouTube videos about books, as well.

Review: What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

What's Left of Me - Kat Zhang

When I first heard of What's Left of Me back in September, I knew I was going to love it. The premise captured me right from the beginning. I honestly don't know why I waited so long to purchase the book or to read it. All I know, is that I wish I had read it sooner (Or I guess I'm sort of glad I read it now, because I don't need to wait as long for the second one!).

In an alternate version of our world, two souls are born into each body. One of the two souls becomes dominant while the other becomes recessive. Within a few years, the recessive soul fades away. However, Eva hasn't faded yet, making her and her dominant pair, Addie, a hybrid. Hybrids are threatening to the government, and if they are discovered, they will be taken away to be "fixed."

When I first heard about What's Left of Me being told by the recessive soul, my mind immediately connected it to The Host by Stephenie Meyer. They are VERY different books, but the premises sounded somewhat similar on the surface (Addie and Eva were born together and this is what they have always known, but Melanie's body was invaded by Wanderer). Still, since What's Left of Me sort of made me think of what it might be like to be in Melanie's head in The Host. Having no control over the body you are in and being simply the voice in the back of someone's head.

I really liked Eva as a character, but I thought Addie was annoying at times. I thought she was inconsiderate to Eva's feelings and only thought about herself at certain moments. Eva, however, was a really strong and interesting character that I really liked. I also really liked Lissa and Ryan.  Was it only me that didn't really like the dominant souls? I didn't like Devon at all, I thought he was too arrogant. Hally was easier to deal with, though.

The plot was really fast paced as well. By the end, I literally couldn't put the book down. It was captivating. While some truths that were discovered about the governmental system were somewhat predictable, that did not deter from the addictive-ness of the story or the fast pacing. 

Overall, I LOVED What's Left of Me, and I can't wait to read the sequel!