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. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
I had low expectations for this book.
That sounds horrible to say, doesn’t it? But I thought it would be another cliched dystopian with a sort of cool concept that fell flat. I also completely expected Addie and Eva to have the same personality; not so.
Eva is our main narrator, and she’s the soul that “faded”, so to speak. She’s the one that’s supposed to be gone, leaving only Addie in what has always been their body, a body that they shared, both in mind and in control. Addie can hear Eva’s thoughts and vice versa, and, despite sharing a body, they are quite clearly different people.
I spent the whole book feeling bad for Eva; you can tell she wants so badly for it to be like it used to be, where she and Addie shared control, for it to be their body again, not just Addie’s. But Eva isn’t even supposed to exist anymore; she was supposed to have faded away long ago.
And while Addie is selfish at times, you can see that the sisters have a deep emotional attachment. In one scene, it’s said that Addie loves to do artwork, and was so good at it that she won awards. But she had to stop, because normally most kids “settle” at ten, but Eva and Addie didn’t until they were twelve. They need as little attention on them as possible, even if that means Addie all but giving up something that she loves.
The one thing that’s stopping me from giving this a five-star review has to do with the hybrids. Why are they considered such a threat to society? It was never explained, only said that they were. There were a few mentions of a hybrid war, but other than that, nothing else. Maybe it will be explained in one of the other books.
I am in one of those slumps right now where I have nothing to read despite having a huge TBR pile (that gets bigger every time I go on Epic Reads). I need to either go to A) the library, or B) Barnes and Noble within the next few days or I might just go crazy.
I’m also hungry, and I can’t stop thinking about this chicken-caeser wrap that I had a few weeks ago up at my Grandma’s. It was good, and now I want it again.