Details of the book
ebook, 368 pages
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
*Thank you Netgalley and Bloomsbury USA for my ebook copy of this ARC*
Synopsis: 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.
I liked this book, it's a fast-paced, government conspiracy, sci-fi. The characters have a lot of depth and for the most part they are likable. The plot is intense and fast-paced. It reminded me a lot of Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin but not as well executed. For me, this book mainly fails in its ending. After everything our protagonist goes through there was a need of some type of closure. There wasn't. Maybe it's done on purpose so the author can make a sequel? I don't know. It's not something to go nuts over but it's a good read.
1) The book itself had a really good-pace. It never felt like it was dragging on.
2) I loved that all the characters had a lot of depth to them. Each character had an interesting backstory that contributed to the plot.
3) Alina is a very interesting and strong character. Considering all of her hardships and lack of skills it's amazing what she managed to do.
4) There was just enough romance in the novel for it to make sense. There was no insta-love here. It wasn't overly mushy, there were no dramatic speeches. Just two people who come together in a dark situation.
1) The main thing for me that drags down this book is the ending. After everything that happened to the characters, I wanted more closure about what was going to happen to them. Instead everything is wrapped up very quickly and leaves more questions than answers. Also, if Alina is awaiting a court date, why does she feel the need to run off before her name is cleared? why wouldn't she just wait for everything to be settled before getting herself into more trouble?
2) Someone needs to explain to me how it's possible for someone who's had a tracker ripped out of their rib cage with a knife, a bullet skim the side of your stomach, and be able to run all around the country and deep sea dive? Or how someone can have a large gash running down their back and minutes later they are standing and talking lucid enough to threaten another person at gun point? Maybe I missed the part where the characters in this book are superhumans.
1) "Honestly, helping you escape will probably turn out to be the one good thing I do with my life. You're incredible."
2) "Cameras off. Computer lab unlocked." Cameron bows.
"You're so cocky it pains me," Casey says. "Also, you're the best."
"Remember that next time you're trying to pull the big-sister act, okay?" She rolls her eyes.
3) "The last moment has made me feel like I know both everything and nothing about him."
4) "I wish, for a moment, that the world was simple and predictable. That a family meant safety and unconditional love, and all things I read about in children's books."