Title: The Lost GirlI checked out this read from my Overdrive library and wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. The concept is extremely unique. Echoes were weaved, or created, as an identical clone to people who could afford them. The purpose of an echo is to take that persons place if they die. This way, it’s like they never died and people don’t have to grieve. Echoes spend their entire life learning how to be the best possible clone to their originator. Some Echoes go on to serve that purpose, and some don’t.
Author: Sandu Mandanna
Publisher: Brazer + Bray
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
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Our MC, Eva—an Echo—has spent her entire life learning about Amarra, who she was created to take her place. Eva lives in England and loves the people who apart of HER life, not Amarras. But when Amarra dies in a tragic accident, Eva is forced to leave the people—and boy—she loves and take her place. This story is beautiful. As a character, I really loved Eva. She’s feisty, stubborn, and curious. She’s naïve yet opinionated and gets along perfectly well with Sean, the love interest. Sean is a BRITISH (swoon) boy who is interested in Eva, but of course they can’t be together because Eva’s an Echo, which would lead them both to an extreme punishment.
Speaking of characters, we see glimpses of Amarra, who is just as feisty and hard-headed as Eva, yet in a different way, and her family and friends. There’s also Ray, Amarra’s boyfriend and someone she left behind when she died. I loved seeing both sides to this story: Eva’s life and friends and Amarra’s life and friends when Eva took Amarra’s position, leading her life.
This book was captivating and heartbreaking, because Eva didn’t have a choice when she was made and therefore, has no control of her life. She is forced to become someone else entirely and her own past and family doesn’t matter. I had to know what was going to happen, if Eva was destined to be Amarra forever or if she could become her own person, claiming back her old live and friends (and SEAN)
I liked this book because although it reminded me of Frankenstein in a since, it was really unique. I can’t really name any other YA books like it. I also really enjoyed the setting, which takes place between India and England. I loved the atmosphere Mandanna created, both worlds contrasting each other in a sense.
If you haven’t read THE LOST GIRL yet, I highly, highly recommend it.