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Once We Were

(The Hybrid Chronicles #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  3,142 ratings  ·  394 reviews
"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,
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by HarperCollins (first published September 13th 2013)
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Catherine I think you should just finish it any way. Iv'e read the the first and second book 3 times and the third one 2 times and I feel that it doesn't really…moreI think you should just finish it any way. Iv'e read the the first and second book 3 times and the third one 2 times and I feel that it doesn't really need romance to make it good. But that is just my opinion.(less)

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Emily May
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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. If What's Left
Amie Kaufman
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, dystopian
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
Initial reaction: It was decent, probably around my same reaction to the first book (which admittedly I read a while back ago.) The intrigue is strong but the execution felt a bit shaky through the novel.

Full Review:

Don't let my rating of this book fool you - I thought "Once We Were" was a very good book, and a worthy second book in the Hybrid Chronicles series (following up the first book "What's Left of Me.") Following Eva and Addie in this book shows them in quite a few harrowing situations -
Brigid ✩

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.


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
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
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Dec 22, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: awesome-cover




Well, I can try.





September, come sooner.

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
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Young Adult; Science Fiction
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: Love hexagon!
Cliff Hanger: kinda :D
Rating: 4.5 stars.

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 8
Characters: 8
World Building: 8
Flow: 7
Series Congruity: 7
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 8

In Dept

Best Part:
More Hybrids :D
Worst Part: Lots of names to remember.
Thoughts Had: Yay more hybrids; who????; whoaaa


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes!

Short Review: Yay more hybrids :D i loved the new additions in this book. I
Al Anoud
Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it
So I have mixed feelings about this book..... The series has an original idea, the first book was fast paced and really interesting, furthermore you get to understand and know the characters personalities really well and see how they grow and change. But this book wasn't up to the expectations that the first book has set, which unfortunately many second book fall into this category (it sometimes feels it's unavoidable in trilogies).

I gave this book three stars because even though it was slow pa
Oct 29, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-release
Waiting for the e-price to go down...

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!!!
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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:
Feb 15, 2013 added it
shady boots
May 21, 2013 rated it liked it
A step down from the first book, but eh. Guess I might as well finish the series. I have a feeling I know how it's gonna end, but who knows. It might surprise me.
usagi ☆ミ
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
Gillian Berry

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 thou
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 cer
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
Daphnee (daphneereads)
I had a hard time finishing this book. It was good but I thought the first half was really slow but then it picked up and almost had a happy ending. I don't really know what the third book will be about honestly.
Jenny Clark
I enjoyed the fact that there was no dual point of view. That annoys me in alot of books. I also like how Addie and Eva are now becomeing more independant. Addie is finaly getting a little better. I think some of the relationships were still left very undeveloped, but over all 3.5
Gray Cox
This book fell flat in so many ways.

I hated the romance even more, it got very annoying and mushy. Eva, you have more pressing things to worry about then when you're going to kiss Ryan again, *cough* the lives of your friends and everyone around you... *cough*

I started /really/ disliking Addie, because she was just SO self-centered 24/7.

Eva acted like a kicked puppy all the time, and don't even get me started on Kitty, who was one dimensional in this book.

Me halfway through this book: What ev
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Much better then book one. In this book i did care for the characters, and im even excited for the 3rd and final book. Altho this book was pretty good, it was for sure a ‘middle book’. Just a book to full io the story.

Full review to come (one day 👀
Holly Ryanne
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Not as strong as the first book. Rushed romances, ended too clean
Suzy Seerden
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay, so far this is not my favourite book of the trilogy. I felt it was a bit boring, but them it did get better near the end. I can’t wait to read the next book.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, own, dystopian, 20-4-read
4.5 Stars
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 ...more
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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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".

Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Hybrid Chronicles series is so intriguing! It doesn't matter what the hell is going on in the background, who is killing who, or who is oppressing who, I will still read it because of the characters (specifically Eva and Addie) and because of the way the two-souls-in-one-body system is executed. Kat Zhang may not have been the first person ever to come up with the concept, but her execution of it is flawless. Once We Were is one small step in what I hope becomes a long series of intriguing b ...more
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Kat Zhang spent most of her childhood tramping through a world weaved from her favorite stories and games. When she and her best friend weren't riding magic horses or talking to trees, they were writing adaptations of plays for their stuffed

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