Published by Bloomsbury on February 3, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, YA
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours, Read in 2014
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.
~ Should you be held accountable for crimes you commited in a past life? If Hitler was reincarnated, and assuming he’s not a sociopathic mass murderer in his present life, would you still want him punished? He never paid for his crimes while he was alive in his past life, so the thought of being able to track down his reincarnated soul and send his ass to Gitmo is pretty appealing. But where do you draw the line?
~ Main character Alina lives in a society where reincarnation can actually be tracked, so if you were a bad person in a past life, instant karma is sometimes served up by society. Damn, I would think that would be a pretty awesome crime deterrent…
~ Alina has been raised in prison, and attempts have been made on her life, all because of who she was in a past life. Which sucks, no matter how you look at it.
~ The official story is that Alina in imprisoned for her safety, since her dad tried to kill her (sort of, he had his reasons) and her mom used a knife to dig out the tracker under her ribs. Both her parents ended up in jail too, and sadly Alina can’t remember life before living in prison.
~ The guards in Alina’s prison change all the time, in order to make sure that no bonds are formed. Which would totally happen, especially when Alina was a cute little kid.
~ According to the rules of reincarnation in Soulprint, souls have no memory- so even if you were a total Umbridge in your past life, you don’t remember it. Or maybe all isn’t as it seems. *cue dramatic music*
~ In her past life, Alina was June Calahan, a young woman who dies at the age of just 19. Liam, her lover and follower and partner, promises June that they’ll be together in the next life, and then commits suicide by cop on Christmas Day. Very Romeo and Juliet of them.
~ It’s Alina’s 17th birthday, and she’s planning to escape from her island prison.
~ Alina is bitter that Liam’s soul, reborn a year and half before her, is free. It was only her soul that was tracked down when she died. Yeah, I’d be a bit bitter too.
~ Seven months before her birthday, Alina receives coded messages from someone or someones will to help her escape if she wants. She doesn’t really hesitate to say yes.
~ I think what makes my heart break most for Alina is that her parents love her, they wanted her, they didn’t care who she’d been in a past life. But by trying to help her, they landed themselves in jail and left her vulnerable to whatever plans the government had for her.
~ Wow! We have our first big secret reveal and I have a feeling there’s a few more shocks in store.
~ So, it was June that led the movement to make people’s past lives public knowledge. Ended up biting her future self in the ass, ammiright?
~ About a year ago, Alina became friendly with a male guard around her age, Ellis, but realized that his motives for being friends with her had to do with who she’d been in her past life, and it hurt her to realize that he hadn’t seen her just as Alina like she thought he had. I can’t wait to find out what she did to him, so far she’s only alluding to turning on him when she found out the truth.
~Megan Miranda is good at keeping you guessing, of showing just enough of the past to keep you from screaming, but not enough that you can just take a nice long break from reading. Nope, Miranda wants you glued to the pages, waiting for past to make itself known, and for the present to unfold.
~ Poor Alina, free from her prison island only to find herself as much a prisoner as ever. Plus, Dom is a major creep.
~ This book brings up so many interesting issues- privacy vs. Right to know, how far the government should go to interfere in our lives, and if you had the choice, would you want to know who you were in a past life? Also, Nature vs. Nurture, the role science should play in society. I think this would make for a fantastic book club read.
~ Loved the dynamic between Casey, Alina and Cameron.
Timeless Characters:Alina Chase- main character, imprisoned for her past life crimes. Cameron- serious badass. Like false eyetooth, hidden blade kind of badass. June Calahan- the person Alina was in her past life, went from rebel folk hero to America’s most wanted. Liam White- June’s cohort and partner in crime. Genevieve- long time guard from Alina’s childhood, tried to help her escape seven years ago. Casey- helps Alina escape by posing as one of her guards, kick ass kind of girl. Dom- the third member of Alina’s rescuers- he was the one contacting her, and his connection to Alina goes back a ways. Ellis- one Alina’s former guards who was trying to get info from her on June, and the reason Alina stopped being allowed to have male guards. Ivory Street- mysterious woman June leads Alina too. Mason Alonzo- runs the Alonzo-Carter Cybersecurity Center.
There were lots of moments, but my favorite was when Alina proved once and for all that she wasn’t like June, and goes all Dr. Badass on Cameron.
Stop the Clock:
I’m officially a fan of Megan Miranda. I wish I’d discovered her sooner, but better late than never, right? Soulprint is such an interesting book, and I loved reading it.
Soulprint gets a Midnight Book rating of: