Review: What's Left of Me

Author: Kat Zhang
Date of Publication: September 18 2012
Pages: 343
Source: Library
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's predicament is my worst nightmare. Existing but not really because one person knows you exist. Watching and feeling but not being able to express anything except to talk with the dominant soul who controls your body. Eva can't even hate Addie because what's happening isn't Addie's choice. Eva's very existence endangers Addie and it would be easier for everyone if Eva disappeared. Eva won't stop fighting. 

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. 

Everything moved so fast in What's Left of Me and I finished it in one read. I didn't feel the X Factor but I'm definitely looking forward to continuing with this series. A lot has been set up and I can see Kat Zhang is very creative. I wonder where she'll take this series.



  1. Good review. We've been pretty uncertain about this series, but your comments help us sort out whether or not we're going to dive into it.

    Btw, we find that usually when we don't feel that spark, it's because the world-building is weak or illogical. People forget how important it is for a reader to really feel like they're IN the story.

    1. I think you may be right. It wasn't weak, but some part of me has a hard time understanding why there are two souls in one body and why this is seen to be wrong. I think in general, more detail with the world and characters would have been appreciated.

      Thanks for visiting,


  2. I'm actually the opposite of you. The plot was too slow for me. They were always stuck in that stupid clinic and I couldn't wait for them to get out. Of course, when they actually got out, the book ended. I'll still be watching out for the next book. Great review, P.E.! I'm a new follower!

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

    1. I don't think I explained myself very well when I said fast-plot. I don't think there's much action, but everything moves fast. For some reason, I was shocked they left the clinic. I was expecting them to stay there for a lot longer. I'm also curious to see what they do next. Thanks for visiting :)


  3. I haven't heard of this one ..interesting premise.

    Sorry for the late reply.. regarding your concern about "Ink". I finished it and I liked it. I've notice that people either really like it or really don't with little for the middle. At this point I'd give it 3.5 of 5 stars. I like the Asian flare/setting and the story is intriguing with a decent cliffhanger. --If you can get your hands on it for free (like Netgalley) then read a little bit and see how you like it.

  4. By the way, I'm now following you thru Feedly. :)


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