Friday, 9 November 2012

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

Goodreads Summary : 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.

From debut novelist Sangu Mandanna comes the dazzling story of a girl who was always told what she had to be—until she found the strength to decide for herself.

My Rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : In a very rare occasion, a though provoking novel appears in market, makes us cry and ache in pain, and then we say “Damn why goodreads has five star rating? Wish I could give it 100 stars.”

The Lost Girl is exactly that kind of book with an extraordinary plot, emotionally touching scene, forbidden love that will slowly cracks you heart. Cloning is a very common topic in Young Adult novel, but what makes The Lost Girl different is the powerful voice of storytelling, no wonder why this managed to flood reader’s eyes.

Eva is a clone, an abomination created as a copy of a girl named Amarra in case someday if she dies Eva will replace her. Eva’s who life has been a reflection of Amarra, studying Amarra’s life and living her own life in shadow of someone else; how Amarra talks, what she likes or even how it feels to kiss her boyfriend Ray. Now when Amarra is dead, Eva must replace her, it’s what she was created for but what about Eva’s feelings or what about the boy Eva loves.

The book delivers tragic story of an every grief sicken family who can’t accept death, story of those who exists without an identity, more of all a meaningful and ethical tale that makes us ponder even after several days of reading. Echoes are creation of weavers, the mysterious organization who holds the power to both bring them to life and snatch the breath out of them if necessary. The Lost Girl is also waves Eva’s disparate attempt to save her very existence, struggles to get her own identity, and the exquisite pain of being forced to love someone else despite of her strong passion for Sean.

"I'd rather spend the rest of my life without seeing you again," he says, “than to watch them destroy you because of me."

Sean, the youngest of Eva’s guardian developed love for Eva to an extent that he was ready to sacrifice himself and his love for Eva’s safety. His love and affection was shown perfectly although I believe Ray, the other boy was a flawed character and I liked the way author developed him. He was blind in love with Amarra that he deliberately hurt Eva, also time by time he regretted his action which brings damaged consequences. Also Eva’s caretaker Mina Ma was a remarkable character who loved Eva like her own daughter and so is Nikhil, Amarra’s bother who sees Eva the way she is, as a person not as a replacement of his dead sister.

“What is this power the dead have over the ones they leave behind? It's strange and beautiful and frightening, this deathless love that human being continue to feel for the ones they've lost.”

Death is the end point of life we all fear to cause. We can’t accept what we have lost, then losing a person we love became our nightmares haunting us for life and we always tries to push through, sometimes we succeed and sometimes we don’t as the death is something that always have the biggest impact on our life. The book successfully crafted our very feeling in words and emotion beyond I can explain.

The Lost Girl blends elements of science fiction into a story profoundly lamented the loss and grief of death. It was well pace and rhythmic, perfectly applicable for not the fans of Never Let Me Go, but also for everyone who seeks for a stunningly beautiful read.

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  1. Woah, it sounds like an amazing book! Definitely to be added to my too-big TBR list :D


  2. Gah- I've heard so many amazing things about this book- I can't WAIT to read it!
    Great review :)

  3. Thanks :) It really one of best and wonderful read of my life