Science has never been my strong suit. I wasn’t bad at it (AP Bio, what whaaaat), but it never felt as effortless and fun as Literature or Writing. And there were definitely areas of science that I was better at than others. Example: I was a boss at genetics. Not so great at chemistry.
But easily, my favorite thing we covered in high school science was bioethics. And Megan Miranda’s Soulprint is all about bioethics.
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?
Let the fun begin!
What Intrigued Me: Where to start? It’s sci-fi that’s not too far in the future, and not dystopian, since Alina is the only one suffering from government control. It’s got a lot of ethical questions—belief about reincarnation, do our pasts effect our futures, is evil inherited—that leads to the sort of murky ethical quagmire that I like to roll around in like a happy alligator. It’s all that good stuff you want from sci-fi.
What Hooked Me: There is a recurring Bonnie and Clyde theme throughout the book. Alina’s past life, June, was on the run with her boyfriend/accomplice Liam, and their crime spree ended with both their deaths. And Alina escapes and goes on the run with the dreamy (and criminal) Cameron, starting a whole new crime wave.
All the crime! All the romance! All it’s missing is singing:
What Made Me Fall In Love: Alina’s soul was a sort of hacktivist, bordering on terrorist, in her past life. Everything she’s been told growing up was that her soul is the soul of a sociopath, and that everything she says/does/hell, even thinks can’t be trusted. And as the reader, you start to wonder if Alina is not only manipulating everyone around her, but manipulating herself (and the reader) to maintain her belief in her innocence. And questioning the MC is aaaallllways fun.
Soulprint is available from Amazon and from your local bookstore. Pick up a copy and read it in all your future lives.