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.
I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I have an odd fascination with past lives and reincarnation. I don't know. I just like the idea that this life is not your only life. This book takes place in a society where there are records of a person's past lives. But the society has discovered that those who were criminals in a past life are more likely to become criminals in this one. So, when criminal June Calahan dies, all hospitals in the surrounding areas are checked for the baby with June's soul. They find Alina and for 17 years, she's kept on an island with no outside contact.
The idea behind this book is fantastic! I love the idea of a record of past lives and a society where people can be judged based on their past lives (though, that's not good). I thought Megan Miranda did a brilliant job and building this society and making it believable.
The characters were great! Alina is a strong character that you feel sympathetic towards. She's basically been imprisoned all her life and judged based on June's life. Everyone considered Alina June, not as Alina. So, she spends so much of her life trying to prove that she is not June, to no avail. But through it all, she remained strong and fought for her freedom and to redeem June's name. Other characters were great as well. Cameron & Casey were such great friends to Alina (Though, it didn't start that way) and they were just such great characters overall!
The romance was just the kind of romance I liked: minimal. I rooted for the romance, but it didn't distract from the plot, which was great!
The only issue I had was with the pacing. The plot and the story were very interesting, but the book was very slow-paced through the middle of the book.
This was a great read! It's such a new idea with reincarnation and the characters are great! If you like reading thriller type books and/or books with past lives, I definitely recommend it!
Meaning: It was amazing!