The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination–an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other,” if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.
But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.
Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known–the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love–to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is alive.
What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva.
The story was very well done and was interesting, creative, and unique. The book grabbed my attention right away and held my interest until the end. Told in first person narrative, through the eyes of an echo named Eva, this story will capture your interest and leave you begging for more at the end. However, I feel as though there are some aspects of the story that deserve a bit more explanation, such as the science behind the creation of the echoes.
The characters are well-developed. The narrator, Eva (self-named because she is, legally, not supposed to have her own name), is created for the purpose of replacing her “other,” Amarra, if she were ever to die. Eva is definitely easy to connect with. She is a lovable character who the reader will be rooting for throughout the novel.
The writing is good. I was especially impressed due to the fact that I received an ARC copy (pre-published and uncorrected proof) of the book and it is a debut! Mandanna’s writing style makes sure to capture and hold onto the reader’s interest, while also forming a strong connection between the characters and reader.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this novel to fans of YA dystopia fiction. Probably the only thing I didn’t like was the ending, which left me frustrated. The book has a very uncertain ending that will leave the reader wondering. I also wish that there was a bit more romance in this book. The romance in The Lost Girl is present in parts, but there isn’t very much of it (and I like romance!). The cover is also amazingly creative, in my opinion; I love the cover. All-in-all, I very much enjoyed this book.
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