Release Date: February 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: 3.5 STARS
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 surprising. Right from the start, the story went right to the action. And to be honest, it confused me. I wasn't exactly sure what was going on when I started it (except for what the synopsis said) so the beginning was a bit overwhelming. It also didn't help that there were so flashbacks, which did help clarify a few things, but it also just kind of dumped information that you weren't sure exactly what part of it was relevant or not. Luckily, the story does get better and everything that goes on is at a calmer pace. I loved the concept of soul printing (albeit there was some stuff that I got confused/had questions about) which is basically a sciency explanation/version of reincarnation. It was different, original, and refreshing and I would have liked to seen more depth with explaining it and how it affected anyone (and not just Alina). It's so easy to picture this as a movie because of the plot and the writing style in general.
On to the characters! The thing that probably let me down and made me like it a bit less was the fact that this story was less character driven and more plot driven. At least I felt that way since I didn't really connect to the characters that much. Alina's a character that took time for me to love but by the end of the book she rocked. There was definitely character development especially once she started questioning both June and the system. And because of June, there was a lot of internal conflict. One of my favorite parts of reading this book was seeing the way Alina decoded June's codes and how she was able to see through the clues and numbers. There's also just a hint of romance. It's there but not so much so that it dominates the book. (And no love triangle for those who take that into consideration :))
Then there's Cameron, Casey, and Dom. Cameron was such a sweet and protective person that you just knew you could rely on him. I have a like/dislike relationship with Casey. She's honestly an awesome, daring character who definitely has the sass but at the same time irritated me at some points in the story. Dom is just Dom. I felt very indifferent about him and am still questioning if his character was as necessary/important as it was made to be.
While it is a sci-go thriller, it definitely had parts of a contemporary feel for it especially setting/time wise. Sci-fi fans should definitely give this book a try. And while I didn't enjoy it was much as I hoped, it had a great overarching plot that kept the story moving. Happy Readings!