Review: The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
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.
THE LOST GIRL is one epically emotional read that left my head spinning long after the final words. There were so many surprises and twists that had me turning the pages as fast as I could! Mandanna has a magical way with words that got me so deeply woven in the world that I didn’t want to be let out.
Eva is one bright star who shines no matter the situation. Like her artistic abilities to make something beautiful out of the most unlikely thing, she makes the best of her situation no matter how dire. I cannot begin to explain how much respect I have for this one little echo. She may be inhuman to some in the book, but to me she is one of the most human characters out of everyone in the story. If there is anyone that I could aspire to be, it would be Eva.
Mandanna has proven that she can redeem even the most unlikable characters in some readers eyes. Matthew is one twisted human being that may have been a good person at one time, but his journey deep into the politics of the Loom has left him seemingly emotionless. Yet that didn’t stop me from feeling something for this man who may be just as lost as Eva. I have a feeling that there will be many “Team Matthew” readers by the end of the novel, no matter how stern they are in their not liking him in the beginning!
I am still reeling from the pure emotion that Mandanna worked out of me with her words. They are truly powerful and so descriptive that you will be able to picture absolutely everything crystal clear. I wish I could write words like hers! They have such a unique quality about them that they will infuse the reader into Eva’s world so easily that you won’t even realize it. Can I please have more?
If I could sing the praises for THE LOST GIRL, I would. Don’t just take my word for how wonderful THE LOST GIRL really is. Try it for yourself and see just what I’m talking about!