by Megan Miranda
Hardcover, 353 pages
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.
Soulprint was a very intriguing read, and it mostly revolved around questions of identity: does your previous life determine your current one, and can you ever escape your past? In this (somewhat) futuristic world, we’ve somehow managed to “fingerprint” (ID) people’s souls. Alina Chase, our protagonist, was born with the soul of June Calahan, who was one of the country’s most notorious criminals. June started off with good intentions but eventually got in too deep and was forced to live a life on the run. When she was finally caught and killed, her soul was reborn as Alina — who was then locked up in a secluded fortress for “her own protection” for crimes she hadn’t even committed but might: Everyone, including Alina, is afraid she’ll walk in June’s footsteps and take on or complete what June had been working on. Imagine that, a world where you could be imprisoned for crimes you didn’t commit but that the person who shared your soul in a previous life did.
The book starts off pretty quickly when a team comes to free Alina. We’ve got Cameron, his older sister Casey, and their shady leader Dominic. As expected, they rescue Alina (a pretty damn cool rescue sequence, if I may say so) and go into hiding, where Dom eventually reveals he wants to resume what June didn’t finish. Things happen and Alina, Cameron, and Casey leave Dominic, who, to them, now has completely biased and blind intentions. This is where the book slowed down a bit. Without Dom’s looming presence and the tension and distrust everyone felt with him around, our trio felt a bit flat. The time when it was just Alina, Cameron, and Casey as a group was a little too peachy, and quite uneventful compared to when other characters were involved. I liked Casey the most out of all the characters, but she lost her spark when the book shifted its focus at times (ahem, during this middle portion of the book) to Alina and Cameron’s romance. Their relationship was cute, but I wanted there to be more action and more secrets uncovered. It’s not really until the book’s last five or so chapters that we finally learn what June was truly dealing with. I also wasn’t hugely impressed with the villains, and was totally yawning when our trio freaked out when they learned that Dom was tracking them. Like, you actually forgot Dominic was a psychopath? You didn’t think he’d be trying to decipher the same clues you found while the four of you were together? Of course he was going to appear again! How could you think he wouldn’t?
I did really like all the back story about June and the soul projects and tests she worked on. More and more information was explained and discovered as the book went on, and I found myself more interested in June than any of the current characters, to be completely honest. (It took me a while to like Alina, but she did grow, becoming braver and more assured, more willing to face her fears and do anything she could to finally have the freedom she so wished for and deserved.) The book explores the ethics of soul-printing people, and it was really interesting, as well as hair-raising, to think about the consequences. It’s a story about identity, and choosing, if one can, to live a life completely different from a past one. Soulprint reminded me a lot of Jodi Meadows’ Newsoul trilogy (you know, Incarnate, Asunder, and Infinite, all of which I reviewed on the blog), as both are stories about reincarnation (Soulprint is a sci-fi twist, Incarnate is a fantastical twist). I wasn’t falling head over heels for Soulprint, but it was a very good thriller with enthralling ideas, something unique and a very cool spin on reincarnation, which isn’t a new concept. ♦
So tell me…
Have you read Soulprint? If not, what’s your reaction after reading this review? What was the last book you read about reincarnation, if you can recall? Comment below letting me know! And, as always, happy reading!