From the jacket:
Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination–an echo. She was made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other,” if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from far away, learning 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 sixteen years of studying never prepared her for this.
Now she must abandon everything and everyone 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.
The Lost Girl is a wonderful and an emotional story which has something for everyone. For different reasons, everyone will identity with the story and it leaves you wanting so much more. The writing by Sangu Mandanna was beautiful, and it makes you go through every emotion so wonderfully, that you end up feeling satiated. Such is the haunting quality of the writing.
The book makes you ask a series of questions. What does it mean to become a human? It makes you reflect on a question that you must have been asking yourself all this while. You are left wondering if Eva is human, or just a figment of our imagination. Just because she’s an echo, just because she wasn’t borne naturally? The book makes you identify with Eva’s struggle of trying to be someone she isn’t, you feel the anxiety of being caught by pretending someone she isn’t.. This book explores the true meaning of being a human.
This book is much more than just an action-packed sci-fi or thriller. It explores the deepest grief one can feel, yet there are moments of happiness and humor here and there. A good read for a cold winter afternoon in bed.
My rating will be a 3/5
This review is for Random House India; however the opinions expressed here are my own.