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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.
I loved the idea behind Soulprint– that a soul is reborn over and over carrying with it personality traits and perhaps violent intentions. Because of this June has been locked up for the crimes of the person her soul belonged to prior to her. What a creepy and fantastic storyline! It reminded me a bit of Minority Report and provoked a lot of thought for me.
Miranda created a realistic situation in some regards, though I did have some problems with logistics. I kept questioning motives as I read but by the end my questions were addressed. Reading that summary I expected June’s crimes to be brutal and horrifying…I was a tad disappointed and underwhelmed with her criminal nature. My morbid brain went much darker places than this story went I was let down a small amount. The idea was so strong and fantastic I felt that the actual crime and issues Alina dealt with were underwhelming to say the least.
Once I was able to drop my personal expectations and allow myself to get immersed in the story the author wanted to tell I really did enjoy this book. I felt that it was well thought out and though some execution felt a tad rocky it was always tied up in the end. The pacing was fast for the most part and the action scenes were wonderfully vivid and incredibly easy to visualize. I could see this being made into a film successfully.
The characters were likeable and not a single character was one dimensional or strictly good or bad. I loved getting to know each of them more and felt that Alina was a wonderful lead. I loved that she took matters into her own hands and had flaws and weaknesses. There was a small amount of romance but it was second to the storyline which was a nice change of pace from the books I’ve been reading recently.
Soulprint had a really wonderful story-line that encouraged thought and contemplation. My expectations going in were a bit darker than the reality of this book but I still enjoyed it because of the action sequences and strong lead character.