Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on February 3, 2015
Genres: Romance, Science fiction, Young Adult
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*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
A new literary, sci-fi thriller from acclaimed author Megan Miranda.
With the science of soul-fingerprinting a reality, Alina Chase has spent her entire life imprisoned for the crimes her past-self committed. In an attempt to clear her name, Alina unintentionally trades one prison for another when she escapes, aided by a group of teens whose intentions and motivations are a mystery to her. As she gets to know one of the boys, sparks fly, and Alina believes she may finally be able to trust someone. But when she uncovers clues left behind from her past life that only she can decipher, secrets begin to unravel. Alina must figure out whether she’s more than the soul she inherited, or if she’s fated to repeat the past.
This compelling story will leave readers wondering if this fictional world could become a reality.
Haven’t we met before?
Soulprint puts a twist on the idea of reincarnation with the premise that we now have technology which allows for the identification of souls and that each soul is reborn into a new body within a certain mile radius shortly after their current body dies. In the U.S. there is a soulprint database where souls can be tracked from one lifetime to the next. So someday when you reach the age 18 you can choose to find out who you were in a previous life. You can even leave an inheritance for yourself in a future life.
Taking the blame for past lives
Alina Chase has the reincarnated soul of a notorious criminal, June Calahan, who broke into the soul database and apparently did some horrendous things with the information she found. These things were slowly revealed thru the course of the book. But suffice to say the government thought these things she did terrible enough to the unprecedented. When June died they did forced testing of all babies born the day June died, without parent consent, in order to identify June’s soul in the next life. That way when they found her they could monitor and inevitably lock her away for the rest of her life. So Alina has been living on an island imprisoned against her will and supposedly for her own good. It’s fascinating to see how Alina’s character is developed and how she copes with the knowledge of her past self whose actions she is being punished for. She is a strong character and I think pretty believable in her actions and reactions. I definitely found her to be a sympathetic character and one that I was interested in finding out her story played out.
What Soulprint has going for it
– Well written supporting characters in Cameron and Casey, even Dominic. Each had their own motives that we eventually learn as we get to know them. One part of the plot involving reincarnated souls was expected but then I was glad I was wrong about which character it was tied to.
– An interesting and engaging plotline that was part mystery part dystopian and maybe a smidge sci-fi. The society is most definitely in the U.S. and I liked that it wasn’t made clear whether this was a future U.S. or if it was just our country as if soulprinting technology had been developed. I don’t know if soulprinting technology would really be considered sci-fi but I’m considering it such since it is a type of technology and not spiritually or fantasy based.
– The romance aspect seemed just a touch rushed to me. I don’t know if I could see such things happening so quickly between two people especially while on the run. Ok no I guess I could but regardless I wasn’t fully behind the pace at which their attraction grew and deepened.
– A fast moving pace since the group of characters was always on the move. Since Alina escaped with the help of these three others she isn’t so much free as being somewhat held in another sort of captivity as each of the characters wants something from her. It was literally out of one type of containment and into another, except now everyone is after her and these others.
– I’m assuming this is a stand alone novel which to be is a major plus since so many YA books right now are part of a series
I would definitely recommend Soulprint to readers that enjoy YA dystopian fiction with a touch of mystery and romance.