To change the world, I may lose everything
All Eva ever wanted was the chance to be herself. But in the Americas, to be hybrid—to share your body with a second soul—is not tolerated past childhood. Now Eva and Addie, her sister soul, are constantly on the move, hiding from the officials who seek to capture them. But the tide is changing. A revolution is brewing, and people are starting to question the hybrids’ mistreatment.
Then Marion, an ambitious reporter, offers Eva and Addie a daring proposal: If they go undercover and film the wretched conditions of a hybrid institution, she will not only rescue them, she’ll find a way to free Jackson, the boy Addie loves. It’s risky, and Eva will have to leave Ryan and her friends behind, but if she succeeds, it could also tip the scales forever and lead to hybrid freedom.
As Eva and Addie walk into danger, they cling to each other and the hope of a better future. But the price they might pay is higher than they ever could have imagined.
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ECHOES OF US.
That name. And that cover. And Kat Zhang.
I LOVED WHAT’S LEFT OF ME, I was amazed by ONCE WE WERE and with ECHOES OF US, Kat Zhang has completely and utterly robbed me of my feelings. I loved the beautiful prose in this story, the sense of a team and feeling in this book and the way that so many people in this book grew. Not even just the main characters, but so many of the hybrids have learned and grown over the course of the story.
Then there’s Ryan and Eva.
:D :D :D :D
I have to admit I wasn’t a fan of Jackson and Addie together for most of ONCE WE WERE and even ECHOES OF US. There were just so many things that went wrong with him, that he did to twist Addie and Eva. I wasn’t a fan of him the way I wasn’t a fan of Sabine. Yes, I did think he was a fantastically created character–but I couldn’t stand his guts at many aspects of this series.
In trying to explain my dislike of Jackson, I almost can’t. There’s so many things wrong and yet right about what he and Sabine did. Zhang weaves human nature into each of her characters and makes them into actual people, multi-layered and everything but one-dimensional. So many things are in that gray space between black and white for them, where I can begin understand them but I can’t ignore what they’ve done. In short, the supposed villains and the actual villains in this story were all fantastically created.
I didn’t love everything about this story. It was the characters, character relationships, ending and overall writing that made me love this book. A few of the things I was pretty disappointed about in ONCE WE WERE carried on to this story, mostly plot decisions and the way that certain things were carried out. Then we come back to Jackson and Addie’s romance, for one thing.
While I loved Jackson and I loved Addie, I didn’t love them together. I did think that Zhang did a great job of portraying Addie’s side of all this in ECHOES OF US, and all in all I liked how things panned out in the end but I never really came to overly ship them. There were other issues, such as how ONCE WE WERE didn’t seem to have the same heart and the same compulsive read-me vibe that WHAT’S LEFT OF ME had. Unusual pacing, often time repetitive plot and annoying character decisions all factored into me lowering my rating for this book. I also didn’t love Addie because of certain decisions/thoughts that she had, and those were all things that I was worried about coming into ECHOES OF US.
All in all, this was an amazing story. I love the way that Zhang is able to connect with this book and tell it in a way that no one else can. This may very well be my favorite book of the series, but only time will tell that. This series has been great and I think that this is an awesome conclusion to THE HYBRID CHRONICLES. 4 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 368
Series: The Hybrid Chronicles #3