“I think this is a duplicate story, re-written by the author or something....”Linda wrote this review Saturday, September 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“AMAZING!!”Maria wrote this review Friday, July 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Lost Girl has been sweeping in praise, and I can see why. Sangu Mandanna's debut is a mature, beautiful story with philosophical resonances. She touches on what it means to be human and on the nature of creation. This is a book that makes you think about the world, and what it would be like if it were just a little bit different. Though The Lost Girl didn't quite cross the border into being a story that I absolutely love, I can confidently recommend it to anyone who appreciates a thoughtful, introspective story with a bit of action.
The world herein depicted differs very little from the modern world in which we live. The only real difference is the existence of the Weavers and their Loom. Modern-day Frankensteins, not of name but of occupation work there, building humans from dust and bones. These Weavers create Echoes, copies of real human beings, insurance policies of a sort. Purchase an Echo of your beloved child and you will not have to worry about her death, because you've got a spare raised in secrecy by Guardians to know the intimate details of her life.
The process is not explained in detail, and I do admit some skepticism about how the Weavers are able to create physically identical human with the ingredients Mandanna relates, but this really doesn't detract from the story. The idea of the Echoes is less of a scientific venture than a philosophical one. What does it mean to be an Echo, to be intended to be someone else? Are they human? Do they have souls? Are they individuals? Should they have rights?
The heroine, who names herself Eva, is the Echo of Amarra, the eldest daughter of a wealthy family in Bangalore. There's no doubt that Eva is her own person. She enjoys pursuits that Amarra does not, like art, and loves a boy that Amarra does not. Amarra and Eva both resent the intrusion of the other. Eva's presence cheapens Amarra's life because she feels expendable, and like she has to share everything with Eva; Eva exists only to be an imitation of Amarra, and has to squash her individuality, her desires, her ambitions. Their relationship and the way that only one of them can truly, openly exist at once has echoes of What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang.
I rooted for Eva to get a chance at life. She has so much spirit and such a strong will to live, but she has no right to life if she doesn't follow a strict set of rules, and, even if she does, she could be killed for any number of reasons. Somehow, though, I never really connected with her or the other characters, except perhaps for Amarra's charming little brother Nikhil. I'm not really sure what was missing for me there, but that disconnect I felt kept me from completely loving the book.
My only other concern is the very end. The very last chapter made things a bit more cut-and-dried than I would have liked. I thought Mandanna was going for an unclear ending, and she does in a way, but she tied up one arc with a neat little bow that did not fit with the mood of the rest of the book. For the kind of book that The Lost Girl is, the vaguely happy ending sounded a false note for me, though I imagine most readers will thrill to it, particularly if invested in the characters.
Sangu Mandanna is an author to watch. Her debut is powerful, beautifully-written, and full of moving philosophical questions on what it means to be human. The Lost Girl is a great read-a-like for Kat Zhang's What's Left of Me.”
“Disturbing in many ways, this is the story of a young girl created in the shadow of another little girl to take her place in the event of her death. The story begins in the haunted voice of a young girl with no name & her struggle to deal with her situation. Of course, the unthinkable happens & her other is killed leaving her to step in & resume her life. That's when the action really picks up. Her friends are understanding but soon they discover her deep dark secret. She's illegal & is running for her life. This is a different type of story than I've ever read & the main character, Eva's (she names herself) struggle is very realistic despite the science fiction aspect. ”mamatufy wrote this review Wednesday, March 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Um.... is there a sequel to this book? 'Cause I dont want it to be a series:/
anyways, I think I set my expectations too high for this book, I love stories about clones and futuristic, but I dont know...I didnt love this book :(”
“Rated 4.5 stars; Review at: http://booksinthespotlight.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-lost-girl.html”Cullengirl l wrote this review Sunday, March 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
The plot of this was amazing. I just loved it. I would make goals like “I am going to read eighty pages and then be done for today.” And I would end up reading 100. It was just so GAH, filled with action and suspense and if I was ever bored, it didn’t last long. There was always some danger to Eva—the Weavers, police, seekers, the family of the girl she was cloned from.
5 of 5, no doubt.
I’m not sure who to start on first. I loved Eva—she actually reminded me a lot of a friend, to be honest. I loved Lekha, who reminded me a lot of Luna Lovegood, with her honesty and acceptance of others—always a good thing! I also loved Nikhil—he seemed like such a fair and honest kid, even at the age of, what, eleven or twelve? I also loved Mina Ma and her fierce love of Eva. I even didn’t mind Neil and Alisha, the parents of the girl Eva was cloned from, even though at times they worked against Eva, it didn’t make them evil—they were just grieving parents who wanted to do the right thing by Amarra’s memory. I loved Sean, his love of Eva, and I loved him and Eva together. Heck, I even loved Matthew, and he was the bad guy! But he made me laugh, so what can I say? I wanted to hate Ray, but in the end I can’t, because he’s just a guy in pain.
Characters, 5 of 5
This book was really well written! We got passages like “The sky and the road are singing to me and I have to run. I have to fly. Or stay and wither by [spoiler omitted from quote.]”
Overall writing, 4 of 5.
Total: 5 of 5, favorite.
Rated 15+ for language, and some violence.”
“Great story, with interesting characters. Cried a bit, though thought the ending was a bit flat. ”Deyara wrote this review Tuesday, November 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Imagine your sole purpose for existing is to be someone else's "echo"; the person who will step into a life if something happens to their "other". Eva is an "echo" woven at the Loom to replace Amarra. When Amarra unexpectedly dies, Eva is sent to replace her. Eva knows everything about Amarra's life, but she is not Amarra, which quickly becomes apparent to everyone around her. Once it has been discovered that Eva is an "echo", an illegal entity, she must go on the run to save herself from being unraveled by the Weavers. With the assistance of one of her former guardians, Sean, she must either escape or make a case for her own existence. jn”Ms. O wrote this review Wednesday, May 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No