Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Once We Were, by Kat Zhang- Review
"I'm lucky just to be alive."
Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away.
Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.
Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.
Zhang once again surprised me with her thought provoking world of Hybrids. I was thoroughly looking forward to this sequel, after loving book one of the series, but it had been awhile since I'd read the first part and I had lost my momentum. So I held out for awhile and waited for an ecopy to show up at the library.
Just like the first book I was more than happily surprised by how intensely absorbing the story was. Where book one focuses on the fear and persecutions for the Hybrids, Once We Were spent much more time talking about rebellion, worrying away at the fine lines between causing-a-stir and gorilla warfare and how easily these boundaries can be crossed when you're dealing with people who have been tortured and whose hatred runs deep.
Seeing how Eva and Addie deal with these complicated nuances and emotions, while still discovering how to share a body in a fair and trusting way (imagine how awkward that discussion would be, and then be really glad it's nothing you ever have to worry about!) was riveting and still one of my favourite parts about this series so far. Sure the plot is interesting but it's Zhang's intriguing Hybrid premise that makes it many layered, and leaves you with a lot to think about.
A great book that seems to foretell a blow out finale to the series. I can't wait to see where this will end.
Once We Were, by Kat Zhang
Published by HarperCollins, September 17th, 2013
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