Review: Once We Were

Nov •  15 •  2013

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Review: Once We WereOnce We Were by Kat Zhang
Published by HarperCollins on September 17th 2013
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/Dystopian
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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"I'm lucky just to be alive."

Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away.

Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.

Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.

Picking up where the last book left off, the sequel brings lots of truth that all must face.

Plot: Now the they are on the run, Eva must survive. She is considered unstable and dangerous. I particularly enjoyed this book because of the hard time that is faced. Eva is now joined  with other hybrids who are also in hiding.  Learning that there are others and the trouble that they face, Eva/Addie have a lot to learn. The ending is good and leaves me with wanting more.

Love: Now this has got to be the weirdest thing ever. Fighting with the other person inside of you and finding yourself in someone’s bed with no reconciliation in how you got there because the other person in your head is in control. Yeah, these little parts made me laugh. The love interest is always interesting, giving the fact that there are two people in one body. Oh the possibilities.

Ending: Yeah, the ending with all the revelations leaves me giddy. I can’t wait to see how it will all end. Especially now that new information has surfaced.

I think this is a great sequel that lives up to the first book.  The perfect plot of hybrids coming together as one, the building of the world of a strict government, the story has great tension. Always throwing out a new plot twist, Once We Were is entertaining and delightful.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. This series sounds really quite interesting and I love the covers. I’ve been meaning to pick up the first book. I think I may just have to move it up on my list. The love part sounds so weird!

  2. Jenny
    Nov 15, 2013

    I’m super curious about the love situation in this book given the girls share a body. Are there love interests for each girl, or just one for now? Glad you felt this was a great sequel Savy, I still need to read book one!

  3. Candace
    Nov 16, 2013

    You’ve been doing great with reading sequels! I haven’t read this series but I’m pretty curious about it, it sounds like one I would enjoy!