Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Review: ONCE WE WERE (The Hybrid Chronicles, #2) by Kat Zhang



Title: ONCE WE WERE
Author: Kat Zhang
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Pages: 352
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: ARC


"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.


 This was an interesting look into THE HYBRID CHRONICLES. This book was totally on a new level and was meant for us to see how real their lives had became. I enjoyed this book a lot because it gave a lot of time with the kids. All of them, really. Focusing on Addie and Eva, learning everything brand new again it was an adventure. 


In this second book, we learn fast that there are others just like Addie and Eva and they are quick to be friendly. They quickly become in a routine of days gone by and nights slept restless and full of nightmares. When they meet a group of kids that are Hybrid, they are all fast friends and the trouble soon begins. Addie and Eva start being less cautious and more risky. 


With focusing on the girls more you can see how they begin to like and even want different things. When they find that these things are achievable they begin doing them. Leaving them alone much of them time. Addie and Eva are so wrapped up in everything that's going on they don't even realize what's happening right in front of them. They will have to believe in each other and make the right decision in the end. Even though this book doesn't wrap the series in a pretty bow and end it, I'm anxious to see where the next book will take us. A journey is sure to follow ONCE WE WERE. 



Character Profiles:


Hally:
Broke her arm racing Ryan when she was 7 -- but she won. And that's what matters in the end.

Lissa:
Was always the cautious one when the four of them were young and resented it sometimes.

Hally:
Daydreamed about hanging out with Addie like she'd seen other girls do.

Ryan:
Thinks that Devon is ten times stronger than he is. Tries to make up for that.

Devon:
Most of the time it's easier and safer not to care.