Echoes of Us

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Echoes-of-Us-Goodreads Summary:

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.

I don’t know if it was because I read this coming out of a book hangover from The Infinite Sea, but I wasn’t thrilled about this. I really enjoyed the first two, it’s such a unique idea, but I felt like there are a lot of practical questions left unanswered at the end of this, and overall I was just bored, it didn’t really pick up for me until about pg.100. It felt slow and a bit forced, and I don’t like Addie.

The big twist that picked up my interest, Addie leaving  – possibly forever – was an idea I didn’t mind. Eva was basically in control during the whole book, and she clearly could take care of them on her own, she showed that she didn’t need Addie, and so I was a bit disappointed when Addie came back. I think part of it is because Addie felt so secondary in this one, she was just like a fly buzzing around my head, getting the way of the story and annoying me. And on top of that we have whatever Addie’s relationship with Jackson is too, I don’t see how it would work having two people have functional relationships while in one body, and what would the living arrangements be? I was much more interested in Eva’s attraction to Jackson while Addie was gone, and how it would clash with her deep bond with Ryan – who I also felt fell a little flat in this book. Honestly, we were in Eva’s head for so much of the book that I got bored, I wanted interaction with Ryan, arguments (not the same arguments) with Addie, searching conversations with Jackson, and I feel like I didn’t get any of that.

I was bored, there was way too much internal dialogue in this, and for all the things going on I should have been more entertained. I just didn’t love this one. After all the growth of the first two books, I feel like Eva/Addie would have learned more. And it just seemed too convenient that the new President was all for being pro-hybrid. The political aspect of this l book just didn’t work for me. Overall, a major letdown for me for the end of the series. I’m wondering if I re-read the series if it will be better though.

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