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Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles, book 2)

by Kat Zhang

Rated: Mild

At the end of What’s Left of Me, Addie and Eva escaped the institution/hospital where they were taken by the government to “cure” them of their hybridity. Now, they are laying low with other rescued teens and those who are fighting to save hybrids. And the bulk of this story just follows their experiences interacting with the other teens and trying to figure out how to navigate their new life, with both of the souls equally sharing control of their body. Of course, this includes romantic entanglements: how to have special time with a guy only one of them likes when both inhabit the same body?

It’s interesting to learn a bit more about the characters and to just imagine life for them. But the action is limited, with only one major event, at the end, moving the story forward. Having read so many other dystopian YA books in which the characters are fighting for justice and for change, it’s hard to imagine how the author will handle societal change in just one more book. Maybe she won’t; maybe the book really is just a story about these characters.

Not a lot of action, then, so it didn’t have me excitedly turning pages, but it’s an interesting concept still.

Rated: Mild, for a little bit of kissing and some mild violence and tension.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles, book 2)
  • by Kat Zhang
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Young adult
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