Thursday, June 23, 2016

What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles #1) / Kat Zhang / 343 pgs

I listened to this book on audio, and I have to admit, it bored me to tears. Had I not been using this book in my #ReadHarder challenge, to read a first book in a series by a person of color, I would have dropped this like a rock before hitting the halfway point.

The book is about a teenage girl living in some sort of alternate reality of Earth in present day. In this world, the Americas (North and South America) are one big country. Not a whole lot about the rest of the world is known since some huge Hybrid Wars occurred a century before. Computers are very rare and it doesn't seem like there's an internet. Everyone is born with two souls, essentially two separate personalities with separate names within one body. Through the early years of childhood, the souls take turns controlling the body, until the recessive soul eventually dies out or fades away, leaving only one soul to control the body. However, some people end up being Hybrids, where no settling occurs, and both souls remain. Those people are usually taken away to God knows where. The book's main character is one such person (or persons), Addie and Eva. They are also taken away to a hospital where experiments are done to try to remove the recessive soul, Eva. It is Eva who narrates the entire book.

This is only the first book in a trilogy, but I've read the reviews of the 2nd and 3rd books, and I know that the author, Ms. Zhang, does a horrible job of explaining how things work. For instance, if there are two souls in a body, how does the persons figure out what to do career-wise? What if each soul falls in love with a different person? What is going on in the rest of the world? Supposedly the Americas are the only country that bans hybrids, and most of the rest of the world is made up of only hybrids. How does that work?

I have no plans of reading the rest of the series. I don't recommend this book to those who are looking for YA Dystopia/Science Fiction books.

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