Sunday, August 18, 2013
Review: What's Left of Me (Buddy Read with Ruby @ Feed Me Books Now!!!)
Author: Kat Zhang
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I read this for a buddy-read with Ruby, and I think we both enjoyed it. We found a few flaws and bits we enjoyed.
One thing that was really good was the concept. The fact that two people are born, but only one becomes dominant and lives, fascinated me. The whole "hybrid" notion, where one stays inside them was equally as fascinating. I hated the fact that if they were hybrid they were automatically bad; a lot of this book shakes up your emotions quite a lot, which I always like in a book.
However, I found some of it quite confusing. At first, it was quite unclear how Eva was inside Addie, how they were talking and what exactly the "settling" was. This continued through the book, so some of the plot seemed quite disjointed. Also, some of the action jumped around, so although I got into the book, at times it made me want to stop reading and comprehend the situations.
Another thing that confused me, and I know Ruby got confused by this too, was what was the speech in their head and what was said aloud. When it was spoken, it was, as normal, in speech marks. But when they were talking in their heads, it was like <this>. It should have been really clear, but when they were talking to each other and a person at the same time, it was hard to establish the difference.
Addie is quite an annoying character. She seems quite bossy and very... proud, almost, that she became the dominant one. Personally, I felt that she seemed to try and undermine Eva, because she couldn't do anything in the real world. But then, because the book is from Eva's point of view, we don't really know how Addie feels when Eva begins to walk and talk. Even though Eva hears all her thoughts and feels how she feels, perhaps Addie feels differently? I loved Eva and Ryan, though. They were both quite mysterious characters, and I loved the fact that though they were hard to read in their charateristics, you could easily distinguish them from others, and the fact that the author made it easy to work out whether it was Devon or Ryan talking.
I didn't really like the ending, though I think it was done on purpose to correspond with the sequel that comes out soon.
I think it would have been better if the point of view had switched between Addie and Eva, because I think we would have been able to see her emotions more clearly. There were little bits that kind of touched me during the book, like the fact that it was always "we" said, "we" walked, "us". It was never Addie, Eva believed it was her too. This was in no way an easy read. You have to handle quite a lot and your emotions get quite shaken up!
So, overall, this was a great read. It kept me occupied and interested me. I can't wait for the sequel, Once We Were, which comes out soon, which I'll definitely read. But, due to the negatives I have told you about, the rating is lower than I expected.