Sunday, December 7, 2014

Soulprint by Megan Miranda

Genre:  YA Science Fiction
Expected publication date:  February 3, 2015

Description (taken from Megan Miranda's website):
Seventeen-year-old Alina Chase has spent her entire life imprisoned on a secluded island—not for a crime she committed in this lifetime, but one done by her past self. Her very soul is like a fingerprint, carried from one life to the next—and Alina is sick of being guilty.

Aided by three teens with their own ulterior motives, Alina manages to escape. Although she’s not sure she can trust any of them, she soon finds herself drawn to Cameron, the most enigmatic and alluring of the trio. But when she uncovers clues from her past life, secrets begin to unravel and Alina must figure out whether she’s more than the soul she inherited, or if she’s fated to repeat history.

This stunning “new world” romance from acclaimed author Megan Miranda will leave readers wondering how far they would go to escape the past.

Imagine a future where our souls leave a distinct tag within the spinal fluid.  And scientific advances have been able to capture this data, study it, and link existing people's souls to souls of the past.  Alina Chase lives in this world.  It's a world where your soul's past can dictate who you will become in your current life.  But Alina's tired of being known for someone she isn't.  And she's ready for everyone to let the past go.

Three teenagers help Alina escape her childhood home/imprisonment.  She has been a ward of the government almost since they first discovered who she was in her past life: a dangerous criminal who exploited the soulprinting system.  But these teenagers all want something from Alina's past self, and they believe she's the key to her past.  So Alina must help them find what her past self did through a string of clues.  And this will help lead them to the truth, regardless of right or wrong.

This is a romance cat and mouse tale that stems from a sci-fi idea.  And I will tell you, I was captivated with the story and the characters.  There's mystery that weaves throughout the pages and leaves you guessing.  But as far as the science fiction piece: the whole soulprinting business?  It's not as developed as I would have liked which left me questioning the whole premise.  I wanted a more in-depth explanation about soulprinting and how much it was affecting this future society.  Instead, what I got was off-handed sentences explaining why without the evidence.  So, the gooey romance-side of my brain was satisfied, the thrilling mystery side of my brain was happy, but the scientifically detailed explanation side was not satisfied (it kind of got a little grumpy).

I feel like this novel is for the YA romance enthusiast who is looking for a good thriller.  However, it is not for the science fiction geeks looking for a new world to wrap their heads around.

Thanks goes to Around the World ARC Tours for providing me a review copy.

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