Author: Megan Miranda
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Bloomsbury USA Children's (February 3, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Mystery/Fantasy
My Rating: 3 Stars
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 all 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.
Set in a time where anything is possible, Soulprint explores that possibility of past lives and souls that never die, that never truly go away but instead, regenerate after death into someone new. Someone who can be punished for mistakes you may have made.
Always being fascinated with the possibility of reincarnation, it was no wonder the synopsis for Soulprint appealed to me. The what ifs of it all were too appealing to ignore and so, I picked this up already being familiar with Miranda's work and sure that she would deliver an outstanding read, and dove head first into the fray.
And I did get something unusual, something different, and even something slightly, dare I say, strange?
I admit, this wasn't quite what I was expecting it to be and I am still unsure of whether that was a good thing or a bad thing. Either way, I did get the unexpected and I did get something original and at times, fun.
Miranda knows how to set up a story and make you invested in the outcome. She knows how to keep you turning the pages simply because you are fascinated with the direction the story took. With the direction she choose to lead us.
The only downside was that at times the story tended to drag and slow down almost to a crawl and instead of being riveted to the page, I instead found myself slightly let down and forcing myself to continue with the story, only to be hooked once again as it picked back up.
I wouldn't say this was Miranda's best work but it was imaginative and creative at times and did keep me curious if nothing else. But honestly, over time, I can't imagine this is a story that will stick with you or one that you will remember months from putting it down.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*