Echoes of Us: guest post + giveaway

September 19, 2014 2014, dystopian/post-apocalyptic, giveaway, guest post, kat zhang, sci fi or futuristic, Wendy 34

Echoes of Us: guest post + giveawayEchoes of Us by Kat Zhang
Series: The Hybrid Chronicles #3
Published by Harper Collins on September 16, 2014
Genres: dystopian, science fiction
Pages: 368 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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 Meabout a girl with two soulsis 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.

vine-divider-finalSaying Goodbye to a Series
by Kat Zhang

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.

vine-divider-finalWin a copy of Echoes of Us!

smaller APThanks 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 Rafflecopter giveaway

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!


Cats for Kat Zhang

vine-divider-finalI’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.

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34 Responses to “Echoes of Us: guest post + giveaway”

    • Wendy Darling

      I think it’s cool to look at authors’ debuts or early work and see how they compare to their later books anyway, and in this case it’s especially interesting because Kat was so young when ALL THAT’S LEFT OF ME was published. I love hearing that she’s constantly self-checking for her own growth as a writer and as a person, too.

      And thanks! She’s a lot bigger now, but just as pretty. She knows it, too. :P

  1. Rashika

    First thing is first (this takes priority) YOUR CAT IS PRETTY, WENDY!
    Moving on from pretty cats, that’s actually a pretty deep thought, Kat. I like to think of it that way. I cannot imagine how hard/exciting it must be for you as an author to say goodbye to a (hopefully) beloved series but as a reader, it always does feel a little nostalgic and it’s nice thinking that for someone out there, it might just be the beginning.

    Also.. I like the way you think, weird is awesome. Weird is ALWAYS awesome. YOU HAVE ME SO EXCITED, KAT. TELL US MORE. Release dates and stuff!!!!

    And to answer the other question, about why I’m specifically interested in reading this book, well, it’s a series coming to an end and you cannot miss that, I just hope the final book is awesome as the first! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway and sharing this wonderful guest post with us, Wendy!

    (also I like that weird metaphor… I may steal it…)

    • Wendy Darling

      Hee, thank you!! She’s a pretty nice cat, too.

      It is a lovely way to think about the end of a series. It’s hard to say goodbye to things you love, but knowing that your work lives on and will move/inspire/excite other readers is fantastic!

      I’m excited to hear about what she’s working on, too. Fingers crossed we get some news soon.

  2. Layla

    Aw, I loved this – it’s so true:
    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 :)

    I am also LOLing at the Cats for Kat Zhang campaign. What a beautiful cat, Wendy!
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    • Wendy Darling

      She is SUCH a flirt, Layla.

      And omg, if you look on Kat’s Pinterest board, you’ll see other Cats for Kat Zhang as well. I wish Epic Reads had continued it for the other two books!

  3. Carina Olsen

    CAAAAAT! Beautiful kitty. <3 So cute :D I love this post. <3 Thank you all for sharing. I have yet to read these books, but I do think they sounds all kinds of awesome. Hoping to start them one day :) The covers are so pretty. <3
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    • Wendy Darling

      So many books on the TBR pile, right? But at least you can read them all straight through when you’re ready! No waiting around for silly publication dates. ;)

  4. Leandra Wallace

    That is such a neat way of looking at the ending of a series, that it never really ends as people will keep picking up that first book. And the kitty photo! Those are some stunning peepers! I am officially jealous of a cat’s eyes…
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    • Wendy Darling

      Books really do live on forever. I love that she thinks upon this experience this way, and it’s lovely to think of many more readers discovering the Hybrid Chronicles.

      And thank you! She’s a very sweet kitty, too.

  5. Lily

    oh I hadn’t known Kat Zhang’s been working on this series for nearly six years now! That’s incredibly awesome of her and I love hearing that so much! I believe i’ve only read the first book in The Hybrid Chronicles series but i’m so interested in reading the rest ones since the finale is out! :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      I know, can you believe it? I think her story is amazing. YA writers are often young, but getting agented and published that young is still a big deal! I think it’s amazing that she’s been incredibly encouraging and supportive of other aspiring young writers as well.

  6. Pili

    I have been super intrigued by this series for a while, and I have the first book in my Kindle library, so hopefully I’ll get to read it soon! I’m a huge science fiction junkie and when mixed with dystopian settings, even more!

    Fantastic guest post Wendy and Kat! Btw, that kitty of yours is absolutely gorgeous Wendy!!
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    • Wendy Darling

      This is such a lovely dystopian story too, Pili–I think you’ll really like the relationship between the two girls.

      And hah, thank you! That was taken a couple of years ago when Epic Reads did a fun “Cats for Kat Zhang” thing, it’s funny to see how little she is in that photo.

  7. Susan T.

    I love science fiction as long as there is a great story and good characters. This series sounds like it has it all!

    • Wendy Darling

      It does! I like that it’s a character-driven story. I like my action-packed ones too, but the thoughtful tone of more subtle books like this are a welcome change. They give you time to breathe and think and feel, if you know what I mean.

  8. Chenise J.

    I’ve been really intrigued with the premise of this series, and while I own the first two books, I just haven’t gotten around tor reading them. Now that the final book is coming out, I think it’s necessary for a series binge read! The idea that two identities are living inside the same person is totally eerie to me!

  9. Brenda

    Love Kat Zhang’s view of how her books have a life of their own and are a new beginning for a reader. I really enjoyed the first book, it seemed to have the right amount of action, suspense, and mystery. Plus, the relationship between Addie and Eva just draws ya in and you really get vested in what’s to happen to them.
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    • Wendy Darling

      I’m glad you liked the first book too, Brenda! I agree, it was a nice mix of all those things. The relationship between the sisters was nuanced and complicated for sure. It’s going to be interesting to find out how their story ends.

    • Wendy Darling

      Yeah, but I like when they just unleash the crazy, too. ;) I think Kat’s publication story is so interesting–from what I’ve seen, she’s such a calm, capable pro at all this, too. I’m excited to see what she has in store for us next.

    • Wendy Darling

      I really liked the first book, too! I am sadly behind on this series as well, but I love scifi that has a more subtle tone.

      And oh, I had no idea you were Chinese, Shannelle. It’s awesome to see more Asian women writing YA, especially those that aren’t necessarily “fitting in” type stories. Those are important too, of course, it’s just nice to see more variety.