Released: January 31, 2012
Series: Newsoul #1
NEWSOULI am going to be completely honest and admit I was kinda "meh" about starting this book. The cover is pretty and people seem to like it, but I'm a contemporary girl at heart. Dystopians scare me. However, I can be a bit overzealous when requesting titles from Netgalley, and being approved makes me responsible for reading and reviewing it. So can I just say, YAY for having no self control!
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies-human and creature alike-let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Incarnate begins with Ana leaving for the city of Heart. The reader is briefly informed of the world Ana lives in and her situation, but it is vague enough that I was intrigued from the very beginning. Ana is completely ill-equipped to find her way to the city, but she is luckily rescued by Sam who becomes her only friend. Sam helps Ana get to Heart, and takes on the responsibility of "teaching" her what the counsel deems necessary.
As Ana searches for answers regarding her existence, weird things begin happening, and it becomes clear that not everyone is in support of her new presence.
This book is yet another example of a great debut. I love the idea of reincarnation Jodi Meadows takes and twists into a dystopian world with dragons and tons of mystery. I love the butterfly on the cover and all that it represents within the pages of this novel. I love being blown away by the world building and the wonderfully frustrating cliffhangers of the last few chapters. I love reading a book and feeling like I had an actual experience - not just a few hours holding an inanimate object. I love Ana, almost as much as I love Sam, and I cannot wait until next winter when I can find out more about Ana's world and her place in it.
FTC: I received an eARC of this novel from HarperCollins via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.