Author: Megan Miranda
Published: February 12th 2015
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟
Alina Chase has spent her entire life in confinement. With the science of soul-printing now a reality, she is ‘protected’ for her own safety – and the safety of others – because her soul has done terrible things …or so she’s told. When Alina finally breaks out of prison, helped by a group of people with unclear motives, she begins to uncover clues left by her past life that only she can decipher. And she may not be as innocent as she once believed. Can Alina change her future, or is she fated to repeat her past and face the consequences?
Soulprint is one of those books I got on a total whim so it’s no surprise that I only picked it up after two years (??) of owning it. The premise was pretty interesting back then, and I didn’t realise until recently that it’s basically about reincarnation but when science gets involved
like it always does.
Initially, the book was very slow and confusing and I just didn’t like the voice or style of writing having never read a book by Megan Miranda. There was a lot of info-dumping as the protagonist, Alina Chase, explains why she’s spent most of her life in confinement – she has the soul of a criminal and research suggests there is a strong correlation between the past life and your actions in the current one. The ethics of ‘soul-fingerprinting’ are still kind of hazy to me, but being identified as possessing the soul of a notorious criminal means Alina Chase is both dangerous to the public and in danger.
The pace eventually picks up as Alina goes on the run having escaped from her
prison island with the help of two siblings she doesn’t even know. Cameron and Casey had their own secretive agenda and were pleasant enough as side characters, and it was interesting learning about who June Callahan actually was and the crime she committed. That being said, it was quite predictable in some aspects so I wasn’t exactly blown away when all the puzzle pieces came together.
Overall, this was an okay read. The pacing was inconsistent and the concept was more interesting than the characters. But, despite the conclusive ending, I think the science could have been explored and explained much further.