By: Megan Miranda
Available February 2015
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
In Soulprint we learn that souls go from one body to the next, that your soul likely came from someone who died near you when you were born. When Alina every baby was tested to find out if it belonged to a criminal named June. We don’t fully understand what June did at first, only that she was considered one of the worst criminals and so Alina is being confined for June’s crimes. They say she is being protected instead of imprisoned, but since her parents were criminalized for attempting to prevent the government from tracking her she isn’t exactly free to live her life.
She works in secret with someone mysterious to escape on her birthday. She doesn’t know who is helping her or why, only that she needs to escape. Alina is sure she’ll figure the rest out once she does. Except that it isn’t as easy as she thinks. She has to unravel clues left by June in order to figure out how to deal with the people who helped her escape and attempt to see if June’s legacy is really what is seems. There is more than meets the eye.
I didn’t know if I would like this book since I didn’t like the idea of people learning from birth who their soul used to belong to. We learn that this is a special circumstance and that most people learn later at their choosing. Some never find out who their soul used to belong to. Thinking about it as if that was something that could really happen, I’m much more comfortable with that concept. But then you run into the same problem that Alina ran into, where what if they decided for you. What if the crimes of someone else were held against you simply because their soul became yours. Could you be punished for someone else’s crimes? Or the fear that you may commit a crime as well? It becomes hazy.
I enjoyed getting to know the other characters in this one too. Everyone had their own secrets and motivations, yet they were all being manipulated by the same people without knowing it. At least until they learned what June knew and were able to do more with it than she could.
If you enjoy books that explore that gray area where ‘what if you knew’ and how people could use that information for their own power, then you’ll enjoy reading Alina’s story to see how it plays out.