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.
Why I picked it up:
I requested this one on Net Galley after seeing it around a few places online. The cover really caught my eye. Then it actually turned up in the post a few days later. Thanks Bloomsbury!
It only took a couple of pages for me to realise that the concept behind this story was extremely original. Souls dying and then being reborn in another body… and the question how this new body should be treated when the soul is known for violence. How intriguing!
The characters also grabbed me straight away. Especially Cameron, he was so dark and almost tortured in his own subtle way. The author never comes out and says it, she just lets you draw your own conclusions.
He wrinkles his nose, and it makes him seem years younger. Now that he’s not in mission mode, with his perfect stride and his single-minded focus, he looks like a different version of himself. His brown eyes roam, and he looks a little lost. His dark hair falls across his forehead as he leans over to rifle through the white box, and his entire face takes on a look of uncertainty, despite his words. His teeth catch his lower lip as he tears open a disinfectant wipe, and he becomes someone else.
I like that this book focused around the idea of hacking crimes too. I feel like that is something we will see so much more of in the future, so I found the idea of computer crimes really interesting.
Is that number all we will ever be? Do our actions in one life influence the next, as some people believe? Are we drawn back together? Is there a reason some souls feel grounded, with roots, and others wander restlessly, searching, yearning, as I am now? Or is it all random – another life, another chance, another try – with no consequence?
All in all, I really liked this. It did drag a little in places, but for the most part I found Soulprint a really original, and easy read, with great characters and an interesting setting. I would have liked a little more of the “big picture” because I feel like this novel barely skimmed the surface of the world and the politics that were introduced, but I enjoyed it.
My Verdict – A toss up between 3.5 and 4 stars.