Author: Kat Zhang.
Expected publication: September 16th 2014 by HarperCollins.
Sort: (Conclusion) Hybrid Chronicles #3.
Review #1. What’s left of me.
Review #2. Once we were.
Source: ARC from HarperCollins international.
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.
A good conclusion to a solid Dystopian series. It’s not the most memorable story ever, but if you want an interesting story that delivers constant quality, you might want to give this series a shot. There are no hard spoilers for any of the books.
Addie/Eve are still on the run and they can’t refuse the proposal from Marion, a supporter who claims she wants to help hybrids, but is mainly looking for a good story for her career. She knows a way to free Jackson, the boy Addie fancies, and she will help them if they provide her with inside information. Addie/Eve are locked away in another institute with a hidden camera. This is only the beginning from a lot of trouble.
I like that Eve takes a more prominent role in this story. In the first two books Addie is, most of the times, in control but she is more on the background. I still like Eve the best, so I was happy with this switch. The thing about the two girls is that they both are rash and they don’t seem to value their life much. They take dangerous decisions and there were some times where they throw themselves into situations with no happy ending – and they should know that. I found them a bit too naive and it made me want to smack both of them.
Despite those flaws, they were good characters. I could see they were willing to sacrifice a lot for their friends and that is an admirable trait. Their relationship is still fascinating, but I also liked their interactions with other characters like Jackson and Ryan. I felt less chemistry between them all than in the previous books, but that’s mostly because a lot of drama is going on.
They are constantly on the run and trying to stay under the radar, especially because Jenson is looking for them. When Addie/Eve are put in the institute we truly get to see the horrible things they do to hybrids. They are kept in prison under bad conditions, waiting until they go crazy and then they are taken away; nobody knows that happens after that. It was a disgusting situation and it’s a good thing someone was trying to broadcast it.
The ending wraps everything up nicely, but doesn’t make it too happily-ever-after. It was fitting for the story and I was satisfied how everything is solved. When it comes to Dystopian series, this is one that doesn't provide something unique, but it manages to deliver a solid story with a good conclusion and sometimes that's more than enough for me.