I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
(Finished Reading: 29/01/19
My 8th book this year)
People are born with two souls in one body. Over time one of the souls are supposed to fade away, usually before the age of 8. Those who do not fade and continue having two souls fighting within are known as hybrids. Hybrids are dangerous and must be taken to doctors for the necessary treatment to save them.
Addie and Eva share a body. Their parents worry when either soul does not seem to fade. Addie and Eva soon realise they are not what society deems normal. They know to hide one soul, pretend Addie is dominant. Then they stumble across another hybrid who can control their body with both souls. Eva is interested and is excited to learn more. Addie is reluctant and wants to be “normal”
Soon they are taken to a testing centre. Soon they realise their lives are risk and something is hugely amiss. They are prisoners. They need to find a way to escape and to survive in this world that needs to “fix” them.
The first book of the Hybrid Chronicles was an interesting idea. I thought the plot was great although I hated not being given a reason why people had two souls. The beginning and end of the story were intriguing, but the middle was a huge let down. Most of the duration of being in the test centre was pointless. Not enough information, not enough clues as to what was happening and the revealing of events was not smooth enough.
I loved the idea of the two souls fighting mentally. One soul is dominant and controls the body, the other is trapped in the mind. But when the weaker soul sees a possible chance of being in control again, it seems natural to want to try.
I can’t say that this book is worth recommending to others, yet I am curious as to what will happen in the next of the series. For a dystopian novel this book was not challenging enough. The final product was not exciting or controversial enough for this genre.
Written by Ling Lee (30/01/19).