Review: What’s Left of Me

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Source: eGalley courtesy of HarperCollins Australia and Netgalley -get your own copy from The Book Depository

My first thought was: hhmm, and interesting spin to Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). And it really was fascinating. And then, as the story unfolds and characters were questioning the cruelty of the world against hybrids (ie. unsettled personalities), I thought… What a cruel & stingy Creator! 2 souls in one body? Just too miserly to create the extra bodies for these ‘extra’ souls? And I just couldn’t get this thought out of my head…

Therefore, I couldn’t say that I enjoyed the book very much. I did find it a gripping sort of story but I was too conflicted with whether I agree with this world or not. What’s to agree when it all seems to be so cruel whether these souls settle or not, there are always pain for both souls. Not a one escape.

The story is told from the perspective of Eva –the recessive soul who should have died but instead have hung on in bare existence. Of course, because of the sharing of body with Addie, the dominative soul, I sometimes found it a bit jarring and have to keep reminding myself they’re in 1 physical body and therefore, the actions are being done through 1 body whilst the one to actually activate / move the body may be Addie or Eva.

I do love the characters and the plot but I don’t think I’ll be keeping up with this series. As I said above, it feels too conflicted and painful for me (maybe I’m overly sensitive?). If you know of a child reading this book, especially ones who know someone with MPD, I’d recommend parental guidance and stress that this is fiction (just in case).

Thank you HarperCollins Australia and NetGalley for the opportunity to read & review

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