Author: Megan Miranda
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: Bloomsbury Australia
Alina Chase has spent her entire life in confinement. With the science of soul-printing now a reality, she is 'protected' for her own safety - and the safety of others - because her soul has done terrible things ...or so she's told. When Alina finally breaks out of prison, helped by a group of people with unclear motives, she begins to uncover clues left by her past life that only she can decipher. And she may not be as innocent as she once believed. Can Alina change her future, or is she fated to repeat her past and face the consequences?Review by Nara
I feel like the same thing has happened with all of Megan Miranda's books I've read so far. They're not bad in any way, but they're just not good enough to really stick in my memory in any way. They're just decent, unmemorable reads.
The book is definitely action packed enough to keep you turning the pages. With Alina on the run from authorities, and her trying to find out the truth about herself and her companions, there's no shortage of mystery either. But strangely, I still found the book a bit slow overall- it's almost as if all the secrets dragged the pacing down just a touch. It did pick up as you moved further into the book.
The premise of the novel is certainly a thought provoking one. Alina has been imprisoned her entire life because she's the reincarnation of a high profile criminal (this is a future where they can "read" people's souls and identify past lives). If such a thing were to become real, what would the ethics of it be? Is it right to keep someone locked up because of something done in a past life? Does same soul actually mean same person? Definitely some things to think about.
The other thing is- is this a standalone? I can't find any information about a sequel, but this book is left pretty freaking open if there isn't one. I'm hoping the author writes more in this world so that readers can get a bit of closure about the story and characters.
World Building: 2.5/5