Sunday, January 25, 2015

ARC Review: Soulprint by Megan Miranda

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Expected Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Source: Print ARC

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.

That synopsis is brilliant. It's what originally had me intrigued to know more about soulprinting and how unfair it is for one girl to be condemned for something she didn't do. I asked myself, "how is this going to work"? The whole concept is interesting and I was excited to see how the author portrayed everything.

The first part of Soulprint was filled with action; like teeth-biting nail type action. Alina has the soul of a one of the most notorious women in history, June. Because of June's past, Alina suffers from twenty-four seven security, on island where she's kept "safe". Until the day that three brave souls help her to escape the island. But are their reasons for saving her completely honest? Why did they rescue her unless there was something in it for them?

After the initial escape, I found that each chapter dragged. The more it dragged, the more I wanted to stop reading. Eventually, I got the end, which was a tad bit better than the whole first 3/4 of the book. I did enjoy Alina as a heroine. She's brave yet still has a vulnerability that makes her more real and relatable.

The romance aspect of the story was sweet and not over the top. Cameron was a great romantic interest who I immediately liked upon meeting him. The other characters I think gave the story the extra push it needed but I still felt something was missing.

Overall, I think the book was okay. A little to slow for my taste but an okay read all the same.
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About the Author:
Megan Miranda is the author of FRACTURE, HYSTERIA, and VENGEANCE. She spends a great deal of time thinking about the "why" and "how" of things, which leads her to get carried away daydreaming about the "what-ifs." Megan has a degree in Biology from MIT and currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two children.

Her next book, SOULPRINT, will be published in early 2015 from Bloomsbury.


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