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Series: The Hybrid Chronicles #1
Published by HarperTeen on September 1st 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Mystery, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
I should not exist. But I do.
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.
Two souls inside one body. One soul is recessive and the other is dominant. The book is narrated from the recessive soul’s point of view, Eva. All her life, she’s had to watch Addie grow up, and live her life. Not being able to control their shared body takes a toll on Eva, and so does their sisterly relationship.
It was definitely scary to think of what could happen to the girls if they were found out. It was completely nail biting when they would be communicating with other characters on the page, and you’re thinking, “Don’t give anything away. Don’t act like there’s two souls inside you!” Then there’s the lack of plot and the lack of the setting. There’s no history as to why these hybrids exist. It’s automatically assumed that’s how the world is. I couldn’t enjoy it. The pacing was unbelievably slow and I couldn’t help but want to stop reading. Eventually I did keep reading to find out if anything did happen. And yes something interesting finally did in the end. Although I read the first one, I’m not anxious to pick up the second one.
I had such high hopes for this one. I thought it sounded amazeballs. I thought it was going to be compelling, but sadly I was mistaken. I was sucked into the hype that surrounded this novel, and I couldn’t help but be sad. There was so much promise. So much potential. I wanted the book to go the extra mile, to make it great, but it just fell flat. Pick this one up if you’re interested in developed character relationships. Don’t read if you’re looking for action or suspense.