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What's Left of Me

The Hybrid Chronicles, Book One

By Kat Zhang

What's Left of Me
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  • Hardcover: Sep 2012,
    352 pages.
    Paperback: Aug 2013,
    336 pages.

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A young-adult dystopian novel tackles larger issues of identity through an interesting premise

Dystopian-themed novels for young adults seem to be flooding the market these days, and they can look very similar on the surface. So, a title with appealing protagonists, that stands out by offering a unique, thought-provoking premise, is a delight to find. What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang is just such a book.

As a first novel, it is not without a problem or two, yet the flaws are easy to forgive when measured against a truly captivating plot, and a book that raises interesting ethical, social, and philosophical issues. Even those who do not normally seek out dystopian fiction will appreciate the compelling story and rich material for discussion.

The world described in What's Left of Me is much like our own except for this: Every child is born with two distinct personalities, or "souls." One soul is naturally dominant while the other is weaker and shows decreasing control over the body...

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