Past lives have always been a fascination of mine, and Soulprint by Megan Miranda played on that fascination. In a future where your soul is traced by a blood test at birth, how far will society go to make sure the sins of our pasts aren’t repeated in our present? I thought this was an intriguing concept. This is a pretty action packed book, and I admit that I devoured it in a day just because I had to know exactly what Alina’s former self had really been up to.
Alina has been raised on an island to protect her from society and to protect society from her. Her fate was decided when she was born and identified as the reincarnated soul of one of the most despised criminals of her century. Though Alina doesn’t feel any connection to her past soul, plenty of people are willing to believe she carries answers somewhere inside herself that could bring them power and wealth, and they have no compulsions about doing what it takes to force her to remember what she knew and died for seventeen years ago. Fast paced and full of action, this was a pretty intriguing concept wrapped in an engaging package. I think plenty of people like past life stories, but they are often turn into historical fiction. Soulprint takes this in another direction. This is a contemporary story that, though it is set in the future, is a recognizable and pretty believable future. While I didn’t care for or trust many of the characters beyond the protagonist, it didn’t take away from my reading pleasure. The tension and suspense were sustained throughout this book, and it really took me the entire book to figure out exactly what was going down. There was a romantic element I could have lived without, but if you lock up a teen on an island for her whole life . . . I think my students will find this concept intriguing and they will enjoy this book. Language and sensuality are appropriate for high school readers.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is available in the MHS Library.