What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that What's Left of Me has an intriguing premise: a society in which children are born with two consciousnesses in one body. Unfortunately, the plot bogs down in a series of repetitive scenes. But there's no profanity, little sexual content, and only a small amount of violence.
What's the story?
Addie and Eva are hybrids, twin consciousnesses that share a single body. They were supposed to \"settle\" years ago, with Eva fading away and Addie staying behind as the remaining \"soul,\" but they didn't. When they meet another girl with two souls, Addie and Eva dare to break the longtime habits that have kept them safe, and they attract the attention of the government that wants to \"cure\" them once and for all.
Is it any good?
WHAT'S LEFT OF ME has an intriguing premise, but it bogs down in a series of repetitive scenes and conflicts. Although much attention is paid to the moral implications of "killing" one soul at the expense of another, the neurological and philosophical aspects of this alternate reality are virtually ignored. Presenting characters with two distinct personalities each would be a challenge for any writer, and author Kat Zhang doesn't make this literary conceit work completely.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what it might be like to share your body with another consciousness. Do you think it would be interesting or creepy?
Why do you think evil governments are at the core of so many science-fiction books? Can you think of others?
Why would a government be afraid of hybrids like Addie and Eva? What steps might the government take to protect itself from them?
|Topics:||Brothers and sisters, Friendship, Misfits and underdogs, Science and nature|
|Publication date:||September 18, 2012|
|Number of pages:||352|
|Publisher's recommended age(s):||13 - 17|
|Available on:||Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle|