My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Release date: February 1, 2015
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.
May I just start this review with – BRILLIANT CONCEPT! Honestly, I was kind of in a reading slump and this book just made me fall in love with reading all over again. I had read Miranda’s other book, Fracture, and that was pretty good. Soulprint just left that in the dust, with a brilliant storyline, an innovative blend between epigenetics and reincarnation. From a science perspective, I can say it was well-researched. I wasn’t fully convinced on how the Cerebrospinal fluid is supposed to contain the memory of whose soul it was in the previous life, though – considering the canon states that souls don’t remember any information from the previous birth. But the rest – all that exposition about the research and data – I was impressed with the level of intricacies the author went into to present that in such a succinct manner.
Now onto the other part – the concept of soul and reincarnation – I felt it went so well with the sci-fi part, but more importantly it touched on the debate of nature versus nurture. It made an interesting read as well as food for thought – what if your soul is what designs you as a person. The author presented both sides of the argument well – that sometimes you are destined to do things and sometimes your destiny is the result of your choices – in a prose that was entrenched in mystery, romance and action. The character of Alina, particularly, is a very interesting one – though she has lived sheltered doesn’t mean she is naive. Just because the world saw her only as the shell carrying June’s soul, she was determined to be much more than her soul’s past.
Another thing I loved about the book was how unpredictable it was. From the romance to June’s story, I couldn’t guess a single thing right – and I LOVE it! It’s a good feeling when you are caught unawares by a book, and Soulprint certainly did that for me.
Received an ARC from Bloomsbury Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review