The Lost Girl
Author: Sangu Mandanna
Publish Date: August 28, 2012
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
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 still 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.
Guys, just when I think dystopian books are on their way out and getting a bit tired, something shakes things up...just a bit. The Lost Girl is that something for me. It sounds like a riveting blend of sci-fi and dystopia, which are two of my absolute favourites. Plus, there's an exotic element, or twist, which makes me want to read it all the more so. I truly hope this one is bridging the gap into something a bit unfamiliar and completely alluring. What do you think, and what are you waiting on this week?