*I received a free copy of Soulprint from Bloomsbury Childrens via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *|
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?
Soulprint is a captivating tale, in which rebirth has been proven, and people can be judged by the deeds done in their past lives. Chilling, well done and filled with secrets, I loved it!
My Soulprint review:
Alina was an intriguing character to follow, especially at the very start when she was held captive by the government – on an island and with guards that were changed every few weeks to make sure nobody got close enough to her to want to make her escape. The whole premise of souls being reborn really appealed to me, and the mystery surrounding that for almost everyone but Alina was well done, too. Alina has been monitored since she was born, though, because of what ‘she’ had done in her past life. And it was chilling to see how she was being judged based on what there was a possibility she would do – without anyone really knowing if there was any actual proof she would do anything the same way her former self did.
Soulprint was filled with intrigue and suspense, because Alina could never fully know whom she should trust or not, especially after she was helped to escape from her island of captivity. On the run in more ways than one, she had to try to figure out more about what the person she was in her past life had done and why, while at the same time figuring out a way to save herself and make sure she could actually live a real life this time around.
Written mostly in first person point of view from Alina’s perspective, I felt as if I was right in the middle of the story of Soulprint with her. Some passages in third person, as well as quite a lot of dialogues made for a very pleasant flow, and I enjoyed the whole journey Alina went through, both the parts that were chilling and the sweeter parts because one of the guys who helped spring her from the island really was a good guy, and there was a little romance in the air.
Some of my favorite Soulprint quotes:
I wish I could meet them, these people who loved me so fiercely. Who believed my sol was my own.
Sometimes I imagine it’s June speaking to me. Go, she says in the voice I have heard in five different documentaries and countless news programs. Go. I hear at night, when I wake up and the island is still. I feel it stirring under my ribs, restless and wanting.
But he’s wrong. In fact, what we are right now, crawling through a pipe under the earth somewhere, is the exact opposite of dead.
The idea seems so foreign, that there’s this world that exists without me, and yet even as I think it, I know that ti’s entirely egotistical and selfish of me.
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