Author: Megan Miranda
Publication Date: February 1st 2015
Rating: 4.4 stars
Goodreads Blurb: 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.
Note: This eARC was provided by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is fast-paced and exciting and the descriptions of this dystopian world had me hooked from the start. The concepts are original and different from many sci-fi stories. There is some repitition throughout the book but I was enjoying the action and plot.
The characters have a lot of depth and I loved the main character (Alina Chase) because she is portrayed in multiple ways. She has the soul of a girl named June who is hated for what she did but only later in the book do we find out the whole truth of her misconstrued reality. There is also this huge gap between how other characters in the book see her and how she actually is. Therefore we get to see different versions of her through multiple perspectives and this allows us to develop our own opinions on the matter.
Cameron, Dom and Cassey are the first few characters we get to know at the start of the story and its interesting to see how my perception of these characters change throughout the book. I liked Cassey because she is brave and kickass without being too sarcastic or harsh. Cameron can be brutally honest but like Alina I respected him for that because it is hard to “tell it as it is.” I couldn’t make up my mind on Dom even after finishing the book. On top of that Alina seems to have conflicted feelings about him. He was pretty enigmatic although his actions helped shed some light on his character.
Do I recommend this book? Yes – especially if you love some great sci-fi!