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I Belong

On the second day after Christmas my true love gave to me…

…two souls entwined.

In this world everyone is born with two souls. Both souls take turns learning how to speak, walk, dance. Each soul has its own personality, its own wants and dreams. But by the age of 10, they are supposed to “settle.” In the United States it’s normal for one soul to fade away, leaving only the dominant soul to control their body. Other countries are filled with Hybrids: people who’s second soul did not fade away. These souls are like sisters or brothers, sharing equal time controlling their body. But in the United States these Hybrids have to pretend to be normal, or else they will be sent away to be institutionalized: “helped” to become normal, like everyone else. These rare souls can only allow one soul to control their body at one time, but in the privacy and secrecy of their home, they may take turns walking, talking or doing homework.

But having a sister or brother sharing your body isn’t all bad. They are the logical concious when your mind goes astray. They listen and pay attention when your mind is somewhere else. They are always there for you when no one else is. Only they know your deepest secret, and with them, you share the burden of that secret.

But everyday there is the danger of someone finding out. A weird look in one direction. A single twitch of an eye. People are taught from the very beginning that Hybrids are bad. They are the terrorists in their country. They are the ones preventing the country from being the best. Anyone who has even the slightest suspicion should turn them into the authorities. If caught by the authorities… There is no hope of ever coming back.

Want to dive into the world of secrets and sibling relationships? Read the entire story in…

Title: What’s Left of Me

Author: Kat Zhang

Genre: YA Dystopian

Series: The Hybrid Chronicles (Book 1)

Publication Date: September 18, 2012

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062114875 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062114877 (Harper Teen)


Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else–two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t…

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet…for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

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