Sunday, 22 September 2013

Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles #2) by Kat Zhang

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers, and Edelweiss.
Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
"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.

Once We Were by Kat Zhang

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers, and Edelweiss.)
This is the second book in the ‘The Hybrid Chronicles’, and kicks off 6 weeks after the end of book 1 ‘What’s Left Of Me’.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘What’s Left Of Me’.**
Addie and Eva have escaped, but are now living in hiding, rarely even allowed to leave the house where they live, and definitely unable to contact their loved ones.
Mark Jenson, director of the administration for hybrid affairs for sector 2 is looking for them, and he’s not being quiet about it, trying to incite the public into locating them and exposing them.

The hybrids have plans for ways to try and disrupt things, but as the plans get more and more dangerous, Addie and Eva question whether they can really live with the consequences of their actions.
Will the hybrids really be able to change anything? And just what is it that Addie and Eva can’t live with?

This was an okay sequel, but it felt quite slow, and it didn’t really get interesting until the 80% mark, which was a bit disappointing.

Eva and Addie had grown in this instalment, and had learned a little more about being their own selves, separate within the same body. Both had matured and had their own ideas, and both had begun to wonder how they would deal with romantic entanglements whilst sharing a body.

The storyline in this was okay, but there was very little going on really. We had a few arguments, and there was a plan in the works that Addie didn’t agree with, but things didn’t really get interesting until the 80% mark which was really disappointing. This just felt like a middle book to me, a way to get from book 1 to book 3, and the plan that was put into action just felt like a bit of a ‘filler’ story, and I don’t really feel like the main story really moved on very much during this book. To me, this felt more like a really long novella, rather than a proper story in its own right.
The ending to this held the most excitement, but I didn’t end this book desperately wanting to read the next book because of what happened in this one, I ended it wanting to read the next one, because I hope that the next one will be better than this one! Which is quite an odd thing for me to feel really.
Overall; an okay second instalment, but suffering from second-book-syndrome for me.
7 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry you didn't like this too much. I've been dying to read it. I'm hoping my library will get it in.