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.
In a way, this book seems like just another that touching on a dystopian society that challenges and questions what it means to be human. And yet, despite sounding somewhat similar to many other books that I've previously read, this one still stands out to me.
Why? I think it's because it seems like Zhang is giving both souls a distinct personality. The fact that one is trapped in a body controlled by the other is just so tragic. I'm hoping What's Left of Me will be just as eerie, evocative, and thoughtful as I think it can be!
And as for the cover? I quite like it. The primarily black and white color scheme, with only hints of pastel blues and reds, gives the cover a rather clean, futuristic feel. And the use of a partial image of one girl's face within the boundaries of another girl's facial silhouette is rather ingenious and really captures what this book seems to be all about.
Releases September 18, 2012 from HarperCollins.