Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles, #2)
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Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles #2)

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"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,...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by HarperCollins (first published September 13th 2013)
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Emily May
Quick warning: this is not a review in the usual sense but a collection of my personal thoughts and beliefs as to why this series didn't work for me.

Some people will probably find my rating for this book generous, while others are sure to think it unfair but, just to make it clear where I stand with this one, I've made it the latest addition to my "it's me not you" shelf. I think it's virtually impossible to be objective when writing a book review. Though one can do their best to take personal t...more
Steph Sinclair

Whenever I look at What's Left of Me and Once We Were's covers, I can't help but to think that the cover artist truly gets this series and how clever he/she is. This always gets me excited because I love seeing the cover actually mean something to the book. As much as I love pretty dresses, it's the depth and complexity that I really crave. It's the kind of cover that you don't quite understand just by looking at it, but as you start reading, pieces of the puzzle fall into place. IfWhat's Left o...more
Amie Kaufman
What a sensational follow up! Once We Were picks up where What's Left Of Me left off, and the story is as compelling as ever.

Without giving away too much, I can say that the sequel offers a fascinating view of Eva and Addie's world beyond the walls of Nornand, digging into the challenges of their society and presenting a rich tapestry of characters who each have their own angle and their own definition of 'right'. Kat Zhang doesn't shy away from ethical tangles, and throughout the story I wrestl...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*


You can also read this review on Flying Kick-a-pow! Reviews.

Thank you Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC of this book!

The first blink was followed by the first breath. Then the second. The third.

Addie was gone, and I was still here, sitting on the bed.

Alone.

The word echoed through the empty chambers of my mind.

Nobody but I knew.

I curled our fingers into a fist, harder and harder until our nails bit a painful line across the center of our palm. Then I studied the stair-step pattern of red cr
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Katy
I loved "What's Left of Me" - like blown away by the concept and sucked into the story. This one was still enjoyable enough, but I couldn't really get into it until the last third.

First of all, I'm glad to see Eva coming out of her shell. Sure, there were times I wanted to yell at her for being stupid or for being a self-absorbed, selfish brat, but I could sympathize that she finally has an opportunity to let her personality surface. And I honestly do like her. My complaint, however, is Eva was...more
Blythe
Actual rating is 3.5 stars

Once We Were has left me feeling a whole bunch of conflicted feelings. I did enjoy it as a whole (hence the 3.5 star rating), but it is undeniable that the reading experience I had with Once We Were differs greatly from the one I had while reading its predecessor, What's Left of Me. Going over my notes as I am writing this review (which is, and will continue to be rather unconventional for me (speaking of which, let me know what you think about this format)), what worke...more
Méadhbh
Dec 24, 2012 Méadhbh marked it as to-read
Must have now!!!!!!

Later...
Title!!!!! Once We Were !!!!!! Grrrgh!!!!!!! I wants! Addie and Eva, Eva and Addie, Kitty and Nina, Hally and Lissa, Devon and Ryan...... I miss you guys!!!
Phoebe
If What's Left of Me was a story of sisters, this is one of friendships--of how they become complicated in adolescence, of how they can cleave you from your loved ones, of how they can make you vulnerable. Zhang's prose remains incredibly sophisticated for a writer of her age (oh, let's face it--for a writer of any age) and she deals with the rules of her universe deftly. The alt-history aspects of Once We Were are perhaps its greatest strengths. No worries about worldbuilding here; Zhang treats...more
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)
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Ferdy
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Not quite as enjoyable as the first book, but still a decent enough read.

-The best thing about the series is the unique world, where everyone is born with two souls.

-The whole two souls, one body thing made for interesting relationship dynamics between family, friends, and love interests… Although, I have to say that element wasn't explored nearly enough for my liking.

-The plot was quite dull. Eva/Addie and Ryan/Devon met some other Hybrids, and then they made plans to take down the ev...more
the golden witch.
4.5/5 stars.

"What's Left of Me" was definitely in my top ten of my favorite debuts of 2012, and so I was really, really happy to get a copy of this next installment in the series, "Once We Were". While not quite in frenetic in its pace (except for the last quarter or so), "Once We Were" is a quieter book that reflects on what has happened in book one, and what's on deck for Addie, Eva, and the rest of the hybrids on the run, as well as delves a little deeper into the differences between Addie an...more
Belle Cordelia
Feb 16, 2014 Belle Cordelia marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-release
Waiting for the e-price to go down...


Pre-read:
IT HAS A TITLE AHHHH!And an interesting cover. From far back it looks a little weird, but then you click on it and it's actually very pretty. I especially like the red lettering because it really pops. I love the covers to these books and I really hope that they don't change them!!!
Thalia
Jul 01, 2013 Thalia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of "What's Left of Me" and Sci-Fi/Dystopian, or "The Host"
Recommended to Thalia by: Myself--sometimes I get it right.
Read the review on my blog:
http://thaliasbooks.tumblr.com/post/5...
Mark
THAT COVER I CANNOT HANDLE THIS SOMEBODY HOLD ME.
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
While What's Left Of Me solidly beats down Once We Were in various aspects, mostly creativity, I think that latter was a much more enjoyable read.

Picking up a few weeks and apartments after What's Left Of Me, the story now follows Eva and Addie's lives on the periphery of rebellion. Far from being assimilated in either the real Underground or the normal people, they live inside walls and forced ignorance. Comes along a new member, a girl named Sabine, who entices them into instigating their own...more
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also ben posted on Tangled in Pages

“Everybody’s got sad stories.” Devon’s voice was as ungiving as stone. “And everyone thinks they’re so very special and broken because of them.”


I read What’s Left of Me back in 2012 and fell in love. I read Once We Were in 2014 and fell out of love. What’s Left of Me became a favorite of 2012 while Once We Were became a disappointment and it makes me wonder what went wrong? Was it me? Or was it the book?

I think the answer is both to a certai...more
Gillian

Rating: A slow beginning and somewhat "meh" characters are overcome by an AWESOME ending and world-building that makes me think.

Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

My review of What's Left of Me

*spoilers for book one below*

The cover: I love these covers. They are so unique and seem the capture the spirit of these novels: two girls struggling to find out who they are when they're so tangled up in someone else, when they are someone else.

The story: I'm not really sure how to organize my thought...more
Angelica
What did I think? Well first off I read it in one sitting. Second, "Once We Were" is an astounding novel. The way that Kat Zhang has handled having two characters inhabiting one body is amazing, and all souls rang true to life. The central premise of the novel-- being hidden away and not being able to do anything-- resounded incredibly strongly with me as a read. With every page, I felt Addie & Eva's frustration as they tried to discover what they could do with and without each other, and ho...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
When I read What's Left of Me last year, I thought it was a great addition to the dystopian sub-genre, which was rife with tedium and copy-cat novels. It was completely unique to the subset and added in a hint of sci-fi that seemed to be missing from other similarly themed novels. And I still think the sheer humanness of this series sets it apart from all the others. But for one reason or another, I felt that this sequel lacked the same impact of the previous installment, that je ne sais quoi th...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I received this ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review, thanks for the copy!

What's Left of Me was one of my favorite reads of the past year. Kat Zhang is undeniably talented and will have an amazing writing career-- she's still in college after all! That said, I was disappointed in this book. Maybe even more so because I know what Kat's capable of. I award this book 2.5 stars.

Once We Were by Kat Zhang takes place almost right after What's Left of Me. We still see the world thro...more
Jon
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There are slight spoilers for Once We Were...

Once We Were is the sequel to the amazing, What's Left Of Me by Kat Zhang and I have to say that I'm largely disappointed. Much of the formula that I loved in What's Left Of Me is discarded for a slow moving, typical dystopian plot. Once We Were is not what I expected from Kat Zhang and it's with a heavy heart that I have to say that Once We Were suffers from "middle-book syndrome"....more
Navdha
Another sequel.

Another mid-book syndrome.

Another highly anticipated release with a mere 2 stars.

What’s Left of Me had me charmed with its amazing writing style and unique concept. The plot wasn’t anything out of the box since we have the same ol’ utopian society with a rebellion on the rise theme, nothing new there, so what made the difference? It was the impact the characters left on me that made that book memorable. I wish I could say the same for Once We Were. Regrettably, this book doesn’t...more
Sarah
(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 Je...more
Denver
I just happened to stumble upon this book, on Goodreads. When i found it, i was excited because i really enjoyed the first book, and it was newly released so i could read it for my wide-reading. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it was exciting and action-packed, a lot different from the first book of the sequel.

Once we were follows on from the first book, about Addie and Eva (two souls in one body) who just escaped the institution that tried to "settle" the two i.e make one 'recessive' so...more
Cydnie
Great follow-up novel to "What's Left of Me".

What I liked:
1- continued with the characters from the first novel.
2- still told from Eva's POV.
3- gave the characters some challenges, surprises, and let us see how they grow as they met these challenges.
4- as with the first novel, it came to an end that was satisfying - yet left it open for further writing.
5- the personality differences between the hybrid souls.

What I didn't like:
1- I should have written down the characters and who was related to wh...more
Sepideh Sahebsara
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Addie und Eva sind entkommen. Mit der Hilfe eines Untergrundnetzwerks konnten sie aus der Spezialklinik fliehen, die Hybriden die rezessive Seele entfernt. Nun sind sie zwar in Sicherheit, aber müssen sie sich ab jetzt für immer verstecken? Addie und Eva wollen der Welt zeigen, dass auch Hybride das Recht auf Freiheit haben, und schließen sich einer kleinen Gruppe von Rebellen an. Doch während Eva mit ihrer neu gewonnen Handlungsfreiheit voll in den Plänen der Gruppe aufgeht, zieht Addie...more
Andrea Mullarkey
In this sequel to What's Left of Me Addie and Eva are living in hiding in a large-ish city, part of the hybrid underground. They are there temporarily, along with Devon and Ryan, and the other hybrids who escaped the Nornand clinic in the first book of this trilogy. The cast of characters has grown to include other hybrids (and some non-hybrids) who are helping to protect them and to find them long-term homes as part of the Hybrid Underground. But in the meantime, Eva and Addie are figuring out...more
BAYA Librarian
This is the second book in the Hybrid Chronicles trilogy. The premise of this future world is that newborn babies are made up of two separate conscious souls, but that one of the souls eventually becomes the dominant soul, while the recessive soul is subsumed. The first book introduced Eva and Addie, entwined sister-souls that resisted the “settling” process, but who pretended to the rest of the world that Addie had become the dominant soul. It was established in the first book that hybrids such...more
Philip Green
Normally I wait until I finish a series to write a review, then review the whole series and not individual books. But since the last book of The Hybrid Chronicles isn't out yet, I am making an exception.

Please note that this review will contain spoilers.

This is one of my favorite books I have read this year and perhaps the best YA book. The concept of two people living in one body in unique and the relationship between Addie and Eva is well written and very believable. They love each other, but...more
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