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This book was a roller coaster ride (and thus hard to rate). The start was exciting and complex, the middle slowed to a boring lull and just when I was looking for my coffee to keep me awake and interested... BAM! there came the ending. The premise was extremely unique, the writing was very good but it needed some major editing. There were times where the wrong tense was used and places where words were omitted completely. It didn't detract from the reading too much but it was a minor nuisance. More importantly, the characters were not only likeable but relatable (even with them entrenched in a palpably dark dystopian world). The world building was incredibly detailed and rich that I felt like I was immersed 100%. That was true until around 50% (ish). Around then I was slowly starting to page watch, hoping that the numbers were growing faster than my notice (NOT a good sign)....BUT...The last 15-10% renewed my interest and increased the ongoing rating in my brain. It is a strong foundation for what will hopefully be an incredible series.
Here is a long quote that sums up the book's premise perfectly:
"The world had turned to waste; immortality was never meant for man and it drove humanity to the edge of destruction. There had been plenty of stories about how the human race would end. Unlike the movies from Hollywood, there was no big bang like a sun exploding; there was no catastrophic moment where our world was flipped upside down like in a nuclear war or zombie virus outbreak. It was gradual, like a seeping virus that withered everything within its path until it ground us down into brittle, hollowed cores. It wasn’t out to destroy our bodies; it destroyed everything we once treasured. Hope, love, compassion, joy… even our mortality. It was all gone. And now it mocked us with a peace we could never achieve, death"
I highly recommend this book to Dystopian readers, lovers of a good Saviour's journey along with anyone interested in finding a well written, fascinating character driven, uniquely premised YA novel. It really is a good start to the trilogy (slow spots and all).
Author: Jacinta Maree
Genre: NA SciFi/Dystopia
Thoughts: What an interesting concept… reincarnation where you remember your past lives. The premise of the story just drew me in, schizophrenia on a whole new level. Granted not every character goes insane from all the memories and past personalities due to a drug called D400. But like the real world, the rich are afforded luxuries that the poor get sporadically or not at all. There are so many questions that remain unanswered when you're hit with a cliffhanger ending, argh! I NEED book 2 (don't worry, I have it lol). What's really interesting is that it seems like some emotions have disappeared, compassion, love, empathy. It's just about surviving until you die and come back. Kinda weird but it truly is like being immortal and that's got to get old after awhile. Immortality wouldn't be so bad if you didn't have to "share" it with your past personalities. Although it would definitely make it so school wouldn't really need to exist but with all the wars (apparently there have been at least 6 since WWVIII was brought up) there don't seem to be many jobs. And with the Elite (rich jerks) running the world, well, we all know how that's gonna work (or not work lol). So really, other than there being robots, war torn areas, and nuclear unstable areas, there isn't much difference to today, oh other than the reincarnation/immortality of course.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work and voluntarily chose to write a review.
In Soulless you have two kinds of people. The first are the rich folks who have everything they could ever want or ask for. And the second group of people are the poor folks who have nothing and are very lucky they have a roof over their heads. They have to stand in line day after day hoping to reach the front of the line to their food. Nadia goes every day to stand in this line hoping she will make it to the front this time so that she can get some milk for her little sister whom she loves very much and would do anything for.
I said they were only two kinds of people in Soulless well they are but there is one exception to this. You see everyone in Soulless are reincarnated. Every time they die they always come back as someone else and they remember their past lives. This can be very upsetting for everyone weather they are rich or poor. Reincarnation does not play favorites when it comes to making people go insane living with so many lives or people in their heads. Yes they remember each and every life they have ever lived which causes madness for them. Or it would without the medication that they have been taking for years that help them to deal with the different lives or people inside of them.
But there is one girl Nadia who is nineteen years old that has no past lives or memories of any. Nadia has no imprint as they call it. Each person’s eyes is scanned so that they know who they are and who they were in their past lives. But with Nadia the scans does not work because she has no past lives. She is Soulless. She has no imprints.
Nadia’s little sister has started having nightmares which is really just her remembering her past lives. She is tested all the time to see if she has done bad things in her past lives and if she has then she will then be blacklisted and taken away from Nadia and her family. But of course their parents don’t care. These days there is no love of any kind everyone is out for number one and number one only.
Families will sell their own children if the need arises just so they can have food to eat. No one cares or trust anyone but their own selves anymore. Well except Nadia she has a great big heart hidden under all that toughness that she portrays to the world. But she has to hide her big ole’ softly of a heart or it could get her killed. In this world you either fight or die.
When Nadia’s parents sell her to be tested on to try and find a cure for the reincarnation of every soul. Nadia realizes that she is all alone now and she must do whatever she has to; to stay alive and help protect her little sister one day. So she does the only thing she can and that is to leave the city with a known criminal just to survive. She has no real idea if she can trust this guy or not he may want to do the same thing to her but she must take her chances and hopefully something will come up in her favor outside the city.
Diesel is a man who has lived many lives and has done what he had to do to survive in each one. He is also after Nadia as well as most everyone else in the world who knows that she exist. He is the one that Nadia has decided to trust at the moment. I mean she doesn’t have a choice at this time in her life. She can’t escape on her own and he is the only one stepping up to the podium offering to help her get away at the moment so she takes it.
Being on the outside is not what Nadia expected but it is better than what she would have gone through on the inside. She meets quite a few different types of characters on the outside. Some who were good to her and some who were not. She had to do somethings that she never thought she would ever have to do to survive. It makes her re-evaluate who she is. Is she a good person? Is she a bad person? Can she be trusted by anyone?
I really loved, loved did I mention that I loved reading Soulless? I have been hooked on dystopian books for a long time now and I have wonder a lot about reincarnation for a while as well so when I read the summary for Soulless I knew I had to read it. I loved the world that Jacinta Maree created in Soulless and I also felt for the characters as well.
Soulless will grab you by the seat of your pants and won’t let go until you have read the very last word and even then it will still stay with you for a long time to come. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I need to know more about Nadia, Diesel and her little sister as well as some of the other characters too. If you are into dystopia or even reincarnation books then Soulless is one book you don’t want to miss out on. It will take you for a whirlwind of a ride.
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