Author: Megan Miranda
Pages: 368 pages
Published: February 3rd, 2015
Genre: YA Science Fiction, Dystopian
From the author of FRACTURE, a riveting new thriller which draws on cutting-edge science.
Alina Chase has been contained on an island for the last 17 years- whether that's for the crimes of her past life, or for her own protection, well, that depends on whom you ask. With soul-fingerprinting a reality, science can now screen for the soul, and everyone knows that Alina's soul had once belonged to notorious criminal, June Calahan, though that information is supposed to be private. June had accomplished the impossible: hacking into the soul-database, ruining countless lives in the process.
Now, there are whispers that June has left something behind for her next life- something that would allow Alina to access the information in the soul-database again. A way to finish the crimes she started.
Aided by three people with their own secret motivations, Alina escapes, only to discover that she may have just traded one prison for another. And there are clues. Clues only Alina can see and decipher, clues that make it apparent that June is leading her to something. While everyone believes Alina is trying to continue in June's footsteps, Alina believes June is trying to show her something more. Something bigger. Something that gets at the heart of who they are- about the past and the present. Something about the nature of their souls.Alina doesn't know who to trust, or what June intends for her to know, and the closer she gets to the answers, the more she wonders who June was, who she is, whether she's destined to repeat the past, whether there are truths best kept hidden- and what one life is really worth.
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** I would like to thank Bloomsbury for providing me with an early copy of this book**
Alina Chase is desperate to get out of a prison that has held her for the last 17 years. Burdened by the soul of her past self June Calahan she is scorned and tossed aside because of her reputation because, you see, in her world people take on new souls of themselves, but their crimes and lives are not forgotten. Although Alia is desperate, she's not that desperate as to help a group of criminals who believe to be helping her escape receive a huge amount of cash. She could care less about the money but she does, more or less, care a ton about her freedom and maybe even Cameron, the guy who has only been nothing but kind to her.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel. I thought this book was extremely fast-paced, just as any YA dystopian should be. I remember myself thinking this book was just going to be some extremely confusing and poorly-written debut novel, but it totally exceeded my expectations.
The main protagonist of the book, Alina, was such a strong-willed character who had the guts to hold a shard of glass against someone's neck. I mean if that's not brave, I don't know what is! Throughout the story line she is conflicted with having sort of a double-personality as she's trying to remember what her soul did in her previous life. I loved that aspect and loved the drama that came with it. It's good to know that some authors are generating new ideas for YA novels! This book was 'action' and 'romance' on a whole new spectrum of YA.
What do I think this novel lacked? It would have been nice to have received more background information at the beginning of the novel. The world building was not spot-on and instead of information dumps, we got sparse details on the main character's and the society's history. This definitely did not take away from the plot and excitement of the story. There are so many enjoyable plot twists, so many cute romantic scenes. It's really a book you can't miss when it hits the shelves! Be sure to pre-order your copy or get it in stores on February 3rd!