Published by Bloomsbury on Expected February 3, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
From the author of FRACTURE, a riveting new thriller which draws on cutting-edge science.
Alina Chase has been contained on an island for the last 17 years—whether that’s for the crimes of her past life, or for her own protection, well, that depends on whom you ask. With soul-fingerprinting a reality, science can now screen for the soul, and everyone knows that Alina’s soul had once belonged to notorious criminal, June Calahan, though that information is supposed to be private. June had accomplished the impossible: hacking into the soul-database, ruining countless lives in the process.
Now, there are whispers that June has left something behind for her next life—something that would allow Alina to access the information in the soul-database again. A way to finish the crimes she started.
Aided by three people with their own secret motivations, Alina escapes, only to discover that she may have just traded one prison for another. And there are clues. Clues only Alina can see and decipher, clues that make it apparent that June is leading her to something. While everyone believes Alina is trying to continue in June’s footsteps, Alina believes June is trying to show her something more. Something bigger. Something that gets at the heart of who they all are—about the past and the present. Something about the nature of their souls.
Alina doesn’t know who to trust, or what June intends for her to know, and the closer she gets to the answers, the more she wonders who June was, who she is, whether she’s destined to repeat the past, whether there are truths best kept hidden—and what one life is really worth.
Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for allowing me access to an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
After reading the summary of Soulprint, the upcoming novel by Megan Miranda, I couldn’t resist requesting a digital copy from Netgalley. And after receiving access to the title, I was thrilled to dive into this fascinating & intriguing story.
Miranda has a magical and captivating way with words that overcomes the reader and leaves you engrossed in the story coming to life before you. And what a fascinating concept she conjured up for this book! She weaves together a wonderful story of trust, friendship, & lies, with the idea that after you die, your soul leaves your body & moves on to another. At first, I was reminded of Stephanie Meyer’s The Host, but after I started reading, I realized this was its own story that told its own tale & left me anxious for the pages ahead.
Aline (LOVE the name) has been held “prisoner” for 17 years on a remote island because of the dangers the government deems her soul. What’s wrong with her soul, you ask? Well, the government has proven that her soul is that of former criminal June Calahan and in order to protect her and the world, the government thought it seemed necessary to take her from her parents & keep her away from those who may try and hurt her.
Other than loving her name, Alina showed strength and determination in order to gain her freedom. She held onto what she thought was right & tried her best to avoid anything that could allow those around her to compare her to June Calahan. I found her to be an incredibly believable character with the determination to live a life of her own without being in the shadow of someone so hated by the outside world.
The other characters in the book were fascinating to me in their own unique ways. Of course, if I had to pick my favorite secondary, I’d have to go with Cameron. There is just something special about him & I admire the way he cares for his sister, Casey, and the way in which he saw through Alina’s ‘corrupt’ soul & saw the person she so desperately wanted to be. His role in the story proved to be critical and necessary to the outcome.
Of course, Miranda didn’t plainly state the roles of the secondary characters to Alina & I loved that. I enjoyed the build up and the development of the storyline and the relationships between characters. The story most certainly has mystery to it & it’s one of the main reasons why I enjoyed this book so much. Miranda has a knack for incorporating science into the book, but doesn’t leave you hanging when it comes to moments that make you swoon.
Soulprint is an intriguing read & one that I most certainly cannot wait to add to my growing bookcase. It is a story filled with mystery & adventure that will leave you hanging onto the edge of the couch & anxiously turning the pages without causing them to rip.
I hope you check out this book when it hits shelves February 3, 2015!
Five out of five stars.