Author: Kathryn Evans
Published by: Amulet Books
Publication date: 13th June 2017
Source: Netgalley ARC
"I have grown in strength inside her. Filled her cells with mine until we must split apart. It's not my choice - that's how it's always been for us."This is the tale of Teva.
A girl who splits into two versions of herself every year.
A girl who lives in a house with all of her previous selves who are never able to age.
A girl who has chosen to fight to try to keep her life as her own.
This book was quite an unexpected gem for me.
I loved the idea of it but had no idea that I would enjoy it quite as much as I did.
The story is written so well that I struggled to put it down.
It kept me hooked the whole way through.
I NEEDED to know what was happening!
The author keeps us guessing about the nature of Teva's condition.
Is it real?
Why does it happen?
Is she crazy?
Can it be stopped?
Who can she trust?
I had so many different theories about what was going on while I read this book. It kept throwing new things at me and making me reevaluate my ideas constantly.
It was tense and mysterious and confusing and I loved it!
The characters were great and well written.
All of the different Tevas were distinctly different and interesting. I really enjoyed reading about how their relationships worked and how they all interacted with each other.
The current Teva was easy to like and sympathise with.
I loved the fierce friendship between Teva and Maddy.
Though I do wish there was less emphasis on boys/relationships being the thing that was holding Teva together and getting her through.
I also enjoyed the interesting moral dilemmas that the current Teva faced once she had split away from 'Fifteen'.
Was she stealing Fifteens life?
Was it her own life anyway?
Was Ollie Teva's boyfriend or Fifteen's?
Was she the same person?
Was it right that her mum locked all the previous Teva's away and didn't let them live their lives?
Should she bother working towards a future she would never be able to experience?
I found this to be a really original and gripping story.
Definitely worth a read!