Series: The Hybrid Chronicles #3
Published by Harper Collins on September 16, 2014
Genres: dystopian, science fiction
Pages: 368 pages
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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..
About the Author
Kat Zhang is an avid traveler, and after a childhood spent living in one book after another, she now builds stories for other people to visit. Recently graduated from Vanderbilt University, she spends her free time scribbling poetry, raiding local bookstores, and plotting where to travel next. What’s Left of Me–about a girl with two souls–is her first novel and was released by HarperCollins in 2012. The sequel, Once We Were, came in 2013. Echoes of Us will complete the trilogy in fall of 2014. She is represented by Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong. You can read about her travels, literary and otherwise, on her website or check her out on Twitter.
Last year, Kat Zhang shared her journey to publication story with us, speaking to her experiences as a young author juggling school, writing, and the publishing industry. It seems fitting that with Echoes of Us, the last book in her dystopian Hybrid Chronicles releasing this month, Kat is back with us to talk about the series coming to an end, and how her life has changed because of it.
After all, we as fans get emotional when favorite series come to an end, so it’s only natural that authors get sentimental, too!
If you haven’t tried this series yet and you enjoy science fiction with a more introspective bent, you must pick this one up sometime. I’d recommend it to fans of thoughtful, character-driven books like The Lost Girl.
It’s a cool thing to have books that release almost exactly one year apart. The last book in my trilogy, Echoes of Us, just released on September 16th 2014. The second book, Once We Were, released September 17th, 2013. And my very first book, What’s Left of Me, released September 18th, 2012. So in a way, mid-September has become “reflect on how things have changed in the past year” time.
Three books in, some things are definitely different. On the business side, I know a lot about publishing that I didn’t even think about four years ago. It’s easier to quantify “growth” on that end, I think.
The writing end is trickier. Am I a better writer now than I was before? I hope so. I’ve definitely learned things about my writing style, and gained more tools in my arsenal of things-to-do-when-stuck. I’ve come to realize weaknesses in my prose/story-building/character-building, and tried to address them. But writing is one of those things where it’s much harder to quantify progress. You feel like you’ve made two steps forward…only to discover you’ve forgotten your sunblock. And aren’t wearing any pants.
Okay, that metaphor got a little weird.
But as I celebrate the release of ECHOES OF US, I think it’s also a good time to celebrate progress in all its forms. I’m twenty-three now, and I’ve been writing the Hybrid Chronicle books since I was 17—that’s nearly six years! As my characters have developed and grown, so have I: as a writer, and as a person. Saying goodbye to the Hybrid Chronicles and its characters feels a bit like saying goodbye to part of my past.
The neat thing about books, though, is that they have a life of their own. To me, the Hybrid Chronicles is coming to a close. But to some reader out there picking up What’s Left of Me for the first time, the series is just beginning. And as long as the books are in print (or shooting out to people’s e-readers), it will always be beginning. That’s a pretty cool thought :)
In the mean time, I’m off to work on the next book! Can’t say too much about it now, but it’s YA, and it’s fantasy, and some days I stare at it and think “…have I crossed the line? Is this too weird?”, which is probably just the way I like it.
Thanks to the author, we have a finished copy of Kat’s book to give away to one of our lucky readers. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a thoughtful comment below telling us specifically why you’re excited to read this book!
Open to U.S. and Canadian readers aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. See entry form for complete details. Good luck!
A review and giveaway copy was provided by the author, and the Cats for Kat Zhang photo is by Wendy Darling. Our thanks to Kat for visiting The Midnight Garden again!
I’m very excited to hear about Kat’s new project when she’s ready to talk about it, how about you? And I just LOVE the way she thinks about how What’s Left of Me will continue to have a life of its own.