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Soulprint

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by Megan Miranda
 

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Seventeen-year-old Alina Chase has spent her entire life imprisoned on a secluded island—not for a crime she committed in this lifetime, but one done by her past self. Her very soul is like a fingerprint, carried from one life to the next—and Alina is sick of being guilty.

Aided by three teens with their own ulterior motives, Alina manages to escape.

Overview

Seventeen-year-old Alina Chase has spent her entire life imprisoned on a secluded island—not for a crime she committed in this lifetime, but one done by her past self. Her very soul is like a fingerprint, carried from one life to the next—and Alina is sick of being guilty.

Aided by three teens with their own ulterior motives, Alina manages to escape. Although she's not sure she can trust any of them, she soon finds herself drawn to Cameron, the most enigmatic and alluring of the trio. But when she uncovers clues from her past life, secrets begin to unravel and Alina must figure out whether she's more than the soul she inherited, or if she's fated to repeat history.

This stunning "new world" romance from acclaimed author Megan Miranda will leave readers wondering how far they would go to escape the past.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 11/24/2014
Miranda (Vengeance) introduces a heroine with a strong voice and a thirst for freedom, thrust among a vividly delineated supporting cast with competing agendas. In a future where reincarnation can be scientifically tracked, 17-year-old half-Hispanic Alina Chase has spent her life isolated, allegedly for her own protection. She carries within her the soul of a charismatic and destructive whistleblower turned blackmailer, June Calahan. Broken out of confinement by a daring trio barely older than she is, Alina finds she still cannot escape June’s shadow—her rescuers want her to access the soul database that June used for her crimes. The beauty of Miranda’s latest novel is in watching Alina, unused to human relationships, fall in love, earn trust, and form fast friendships in a high-adrenaline atmosphere, as she and her companions fight to stay ahead of the authorities while following the trail left by June. Miranda also serves up plenty of tense thrills, ranging from Alina’s underwater escape from the island where she was held to her cutting a tracker out of a friend’s flesh. Ages 12–up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary Agency. (Feb.)
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“Teens will thrill to the suspense that Miranda coils around a solid plot. . . . A surprising new sf thriller with just enough of a touch of romance.” —Booklist

“The author gives thoughtful readers deep philosophical questions to chew on and thrill-seekers the high-octane pace they crave . . . A thought-provoking, action-packed novel.” —School Library Journal

“Absorbing adventure . . . a heady mixture of consistent action, well-timed reveals, and unpredictable twists.” —BCCB

“Miranda's riveting plot drives to an equally tense climax as she gracefully weaves together themes of suffering, compassion, jealousy, friendship, and trust. The fluid writing, empathetic characters, and big questions raised elevate this paranormal romance into a haunting meditation on what it means to be human and to truly live.” —starred review, Publishers Weekly on FRACTURE

“Readers will think about Fracture hours, perhaps days, after they complete it. The writing is excellent.” —Examiner.com

“The science angle gives this mystery a fresh, intriguing twist, and Delaney's intelligent first-person voice and sensitive reflections deepen it. Teens will respond to Delaney as she negotiates the changes that fracture lives and create beginnings as well as endings.” —The Washington Post on FRACTURE

“A compelling psychological thriller . . . fresh, addicting, and smart.” —VOYA on HYSTERIA

“An atmospheric thriller, ripe with tension.” —Kirkus Reviews on HYSTERIA

“Questions the reliability of memory, the insidiousness of guilt, and what it truly means to be haunted.” —Publishers Weekly on HYSTERIA

VOYA, December 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 5) - Lynndy Hurdle
Old world reincarnation meets 21st-century cyber-crime in this suspenseful thriller. Seventeen-year-old Alina Chase is a typical teenager except for the fact that she has the soul of the notorious cyber-criminal June Calahan. Alina has been contained in an isolated compound all of her life because she has June’s soul, but one day, she unexpectedly escapes with the help of three young people. She has no idea who they are or why they want to help her, but she is drawn to one of them—a boy named Cameron. She soon finds herself on the run from the soul of June’s past lover, from the people who wish to return her to isolation, and from the fear that she will become what June was. Soulprint is full of danger, suspense, and conspiracy. The plot is action-packed as Alina escapes from the compound and evades all of the people who are out to get her. In the midst of the story, the explanation of June’s crimes is complex. Because June was guilty of infiltrating an impenetrable database containing information about the past lives and crimes of each soul, Alina is thought to be a potential criminal herself. Despite the complicated nature of Alina’s internal and external conflicts, the dynamic relationship between Alina and Cameron keeps the reader engaged. Soulprint is an intriguing story that will appeal to students who enjoy science fiction and thrillers. Reviewer: Lynndy Hurdle; Ages 15 to 18.
School Library Journal
04/01/2015
Gr 7 Up—In this speculative thriller, scientists are able to test a soul's DNA to determine the identities of its past lives. But what if a soul once belonged to a dangerous criminal? Is that person doomed to repeat a soul's mistakes? Seventeen-year-old Alina Chase has been held prisoner on a secluded island for most of her life, paying for the sins of her soul. Although the state assures her it is for her own protection, Alina knows it is because the world is afraid of her. When three strangers sneak her off the island, Alina is determined to clear her own name, no matter what. The opening of the book, as Miranda sets out the groundwork of the story, is a little clunky. The awkward exposition might leave some readers feeling confused or frustrated. However, once the background is in place, it serves as a solid foundation for the rest of the novel. The author gives thoughtful readers deep philosophical questions to chew on and thrill-seekers the high-octane pace they crave. In addition, those who are looking for diversity will find Alina's Hispanic heritage refreshing in this all-too-monochromatic genre. VERDICT A thought-provoking, action-packed novel, Soulprint would be a viable addition to growing dystopian collections.—Leighanne Law, Scriber Lake High School, WA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-11-04
One of life's great ethical questions is considered in this novel, with mixed results. Alina Chase has spent her whole life being blamed for something that happened before she was born. In a time when souls can be tracked from one life to the next, Alina's soul was previously June Calahan, who broke into the soul-registry database and allegedly blackmailed powerful figures with criminal pasts. June's crime was so heinous that Alina has grown up in confinement in an island prison. When she is rescued by oddly friendly former guard Dominic and Cameron and Casey, a pair of siblings with their own agenda, Alina is hopeful that she might finally escape June's shadow. But it's not so simple when it's revealed that Dominic has his own connection with June, and he wants Alina to hack back into the soul database. That sends Alina on the run with Cameron and Casey. A romance with Cameron will give Alina the strength to find out the truth about June—and hopefully finally break free. The story's success rests on readers' ability to accept the fear that June still inspires, which many may find extreme. The villains are from the mustache-twirling school, but Alina, Casey and Cameron are well-drawn. A perfectly competent thriller for those who can suspend disbelief. (Thriller. 14-18)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802737748
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/03/2015
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
371,678
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Megan Miranda is the acclaimed author of Fracture, Vengeance, and Hysteria. She spends a great deal of time thinking about the "why" and "how" of things, which leads her to get carried away daydreaming about the "what-ifs." She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children.

Visit Megan online at www.meganmiranda.com and on Twitter @MeganLMiranda.

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Soulprint 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Alina Chase has been imprisoned her entire life for crimes she didn't commit. With soul fingerprinting a chilling reality, the world knows that Alina's soul belongs to the most notorious criminal of her time. Everyone is terrified that if she is free, Alina will do it all again. Desperate for freedom, Alina jumps at the chance to escape even if it means throwing herself in with people she doesn't know let alone trust. But freedom has a cost and it might be more than Alina is able to pay. Everyone wants something from Alina. All Alina wants is to be left alone. On the run and still trying to clear her soul, Alina will have to follow clues left by her former self to a shocking secret if she ever wants to escape in Soulprint (2015) by Megan Miranda. Miranda once again offers up her trademark blend of science and suspense in this story where reincarnation can have severe consequences. In the midst of Alina's daring escape and numerous chase sequences, Miranda raises questions about the inevitability of fate and whether certain traits really can transfer from life to life. Alina is a great heroine. She struggles to be strong and independent while also yearning for the kind of human connection that is impossible when you have been a prisoner your entire life. It is also worth nothing that Alina's mother is Hispanic--a culture Alina identifies strongly with as she clings to the memories of her mother. Although some big twists are broadcast early on, Soulprint remains a nail-biting mystery that will keep readers on their toes as they try to follow the clues along with Alina. With a strong cast of characters and just a hint of romance Soulprint is one action-packed story sure to have wide appeal. Possible Pairings: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Hourglass by Myra McEntire, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, Pivot Point by Kasie West, Minority Report *An advance copy of this book was acquired for review consideration from the publisher*
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Soulprint is a new sci-fi/thriller novel with an extremely fascinating premise.  It looks at the soul in an interesting way, looking at it from social and scientific viewpoints, rather than as a part of any particular spirituality.  It takes place in a world in which science has advanced to the point of being able to soulprint, much like fingerprinting.  The social ramifications of that ability are at the center of this book and the protagonist, Alina Chase. Alina is not imprisoned, but "contained," solely on the basis of her soul having previously belonged to a woman that was considered to be an extremely dangerous criminal.  The science and thought behind soulprinting was that the soul remains unchanged from life to life, leaving one predisposed to certain behaviors.  Because of that belief and the depth of the criminality that her soul has supposedly possessed, Alina has lived almost her entire life isolated on an island, surrounded only by an ever rotating staff of people that take care of her without ever truly caring for her.  And then things change and she has been broken out of her prison?  But for what reason?  And is her new life any less a prison? This is a fast-pased thriller with so many twists and turns as Alina, and those who broke her free, explore her past to find answers.  Her character is one I truly loved.  She is smart, strong, and determined, unwilling to meekly follow others without finding answers for herself.  The author leaves bread crumbs for readers, bits and pieces of the mystery that allow the reader to guess at different parts of it without giing it all away.  It was a great way to build anticipation along the way.   Alina never really believed that her soul's previous incarnation meant that she, too, would be a criminal.  But as her path to discovering more led her to question that and wonder if perhaps the soulprinter advocates were correct in their theory.  The story was as much one of growth and change for Alina as it was a sci-fi thriller.   I loved that the book looked at the idea of souls, and reincarnation, from a point of view that was not religious.  It was a nice twist to look at it from such a different perspective and it made for a interesting read. My Recommendation:  I would definitely recommend this for sci-fi and thriller lovers alike!
ReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
I'd like to start off by saying that I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher, but that this is no way influenced my opinion about the book. However, I'd like to note that my review is based off of the finished version. Also, thanks to Bloomsbury USA for the ARC. You guys rock. :) Title: Soulprint  Author: Megan Miranda Release Date: February 3rd, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Genre: YA Thriller Number in Series: Stand-Alone Novel WHAT:  • A world where souls never die and are reincarnated each time a person dies. • A girl who's soul used to belong to a dangerous criminal. • A boy who is ten types of mysterious ( in a good way). • A sneaky island full of equally sneaky people. •A mystery that, initially, no one knew existed (and it is fantastic). WHERE: USA WHEN: Future, present. 1st person POV. WHO: Alina, Cameron, Casey, Dominic, Ivory, and June. Alina is the main character of the novel. Her soul is the reincarnation of June Callahan's, who was a criminal and a hacker. For the first seventeen years of her life, Alina's been locked away on a secluded island with very little contact with the outside world. On her seventeenth birthday, she escapes the island with the help of three other people. Overall, Alina is smart, intuitive, and pretty cool. Cameron is the one of the people who helped Alina escape the island. He's got a criminal past of his own, including being implicated in a murder. He's been sort of roped into helping Alina escape, but soon falls for her, and vice versa. *cheers* :) Casey also helps Alina escape. She, along with her brother, Cameron, are trying to find out what happened to her sister, and end up meeting Alina in the process.  Dominic is the last person who aids Alina in her escape. He's...ooh, I so didn't like him. The nickname "sneaky-von-sneaks-a-lot" (patent-pending, by the way) doesn't even begin to cover this guy.  Ivory is a woman at the center of all of June's mysterious ongoings.  June is who Alina's soul originally belonged to. Before Alina was born, June and her boyfriend, Liam, hacked into what was supposed to be an un-hackable system. The system housed information on who's soul used to belong to who. The duo were seen as heroes...until they started to blackmail people with the information. Most of the book revolves around June, and the secrets she hid.  WHY: Alina wants freedom. Cameron wants to clear his name. Casey wants answers about her sister. Dominic wants...something I can't talk about because, yah know. Spoilers. :) WHAT I LIKED: Overall, this was a pretty terrific book. I liked that the reader is really able to get into Alina's head and know what she's thinking.  WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: There were sometimes when the novel got to be a bit slow, especially in the beginning of the novel. OVERALL SCORE: 8/10. JUDGEMENT: Soulprint was a really solid novel. If you're a fan of thrillers, or like your dystopias to be a bit more realistic, this should definitely be at the top of your TBR list!
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
Soulprint is a heart-pounding thrill ride from beginning to end. What I loved most about this book was the concept, the idea that people's past lives can be discovered by a test to determine who they were before. This unfortunately was the case for Alina Chase who when she was a baby was tested and found to be the reincarnated soul of June Calahan a criminal who with her accomplice Liam White were responsible for hacking into a government database and stealing information relating to the identity of people's past lives which ended up badly for everyone involved, so from the time Alina was tested as a baby she was separated from her parents and kept isolated on an island, until before her eighteenth birthday when she is helped in escaping.  It's then that the story really takes off with Alina on the run with Cameron, Casey and Dom, and doing their best to keep one step ahead of the police that are after the and to finally uncover the truth about June, Liam and what really happened all those years ago. This was so enjoyable, I found it hard to put this book down at times, this for me is definitely my favorite book of Megan's. Really enjoyable, everybody should pick this book up.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Soulprint by Megan Miranda Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Publication Date: February 3, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): A new literary, sci-fi thriller from acclaimed author Megan Miranda. With the science of soul-fingerprinting a reality, Alina Chase has spent her entire life imprisoned for the crimes her past-self committed. In an attempt to clear her name, Alina unintentionally trades one prison for another when she escapes, aided by a group of teens whose intentions and motivations are a mystery to her. As she gets to know one of the boys, sparks fly, and Alina believes she may finally be able to trust someone. But when she uncovers clues left behind from her past life that only she can decipher, secrets begin to unravel. Alina must figure out whether she’s more than the soul she inherited, or if she’s fated to repeat the past.  This compelling story will leave readers wondering if this fictional world could become a reality. What I Liked: This is my first time reading something by Megan Miranda - I know she has several other novels published, but none of them really interested me. This one stuck out to me because its science fiction-thriller-romance story. Three of my favorite genres, wrapped into one book - I'm glad I was given the chance to read this one (thank you for the review copy, Bloomsbury!). Alina Chase is "contained" because her soul was once that of a criminal, June, who was feared for her crimes before she was killed in an accident. Alina has been living in a prison-like "home", surrounded by guards and living aides, until three teens break her out over several months. But Alina is trading on prison for another, and she must try to figure out what clues June left, in order to save her life, and the lives of those she has grown to care about. I love thrillers, but I don't read nearly enough of them. Probably because they usually don't appeal to me - but the ones that I've read, I've loved. Altered by Jennifer Rush is a really a good one, with great science content and a sweet romance as well.  I really liked Alina - she is fierce and determined, as well as very observant and intelligent. It was easy for me to like her, because I felt like I related to her, at least on the personality level. Of course, Alina has a very different life, what with living with the soul of an alleged criminal. To Alina, it makes no difference to her character and being. But to the world, Alina will start demonstrating violent tendencies like June, and turn into a dangerous criminal like June. So she is contained. The story is fast-paced and exciting, from the beginning. I love how the author leaves small clues throughout the scenes, and mentions something that readers won't know at first, but eventually find out. I like this reveal of information, as well as bombshells. There are lots of times when something came full circle, or made sense. I never felt like I was missing something (at least for too long), and by the time the book ended, I felt pretty content with how things wrapped up. Alina escapes from her home/prison, with the help of Cameron, Casey (his sister), and Dominic. The trio take her to "safe" places, but really, it's like she's imprisoned all over again. Dominic wants something June might have left. Cameron is trying to protect Casey, and Dominic is blackmailing Casey. Alina is caught in the middle of everything, trying to find whatever June left. I loved the supporting characters of this book, probably as much as I loved Alina (or more). Specifically, Cameron. I've seen on several reviews the love for Cameron, but I was a tad bit skeptical (I didn't think I would like him as much as everyone else did, for some reason). I definitely do like him as much as others do. He is quiet and clever, not arrogant or in-your-face. He isn't cocky or selfish, but rather, pensive and calculating (but not in a cruel way). Shrewd and intelligent. I liked him a lot.  Yes, there is romance, and I loved it so much. I shipped Cameron and Alina from the beginning, even though they meet under odd circumstances. Cameron and Alina have a quiet heat, and simmering intensity to them. There was one point in the book where my heart stopped because I couldn't imagine them not getting a nice ending! But fret not, their ending is pretty satisfying. In general, this book has a decently positive ending. It is a bit open-ended, as the endings of many standalone novels are, and I liked how the author tied loose ends. I didn't necessarily want more from the novel, which is the mark of a good standalone. I think this story has been told, and has been told well, and I couldn't see other novels to add to this one. What I Did Not Like: I didn't mention too much about the climax of the story - mostly because I was slightly disappointed and confused. The climax is very fast, but a bit anticlimactic, in my opinion. I don't know what I was expecting, but I was expecting the conflict of the story - the whole deal with June and her past - to be something more, and for the climax to blow up a little more. I guess, given the high stakes high action fast pace of the book, up until this point, I'd expected a seriously epic climax and falling action. But, that's okay. Would I Recommend It: Definitely highly recommended to thriller fans out there (I don't mean the song). I haven't read a thriller in a while, but I liked this one a lot! It's exciting and a quick read. If you get the chance, you should read this one! If anything, the romance is really sweet but not overwhelming but really nice! Rating: 4 stars. I enjoyed the sciencey aspect of the book (reincarnated souls), but I also enjoyed the thriller aspect (everyone chasing Alina), and the romance aspect (lovely chemistry between Cameron and Alina). I'd read this one just to discover any one of those elements!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and NetGalley.) This was an okay sci-fi story, but it dragged. I felt quite sorry for Alina and her parents. It was awful the way the government took away her freedom and family because of something that she had no control over. It must have been awful for her parents to realise that their daughter would never know freedom or a normal life. The storyline in this was okay, but the pace was too slow for me. I felt like the book was twice as long as it actually was, and kept checking and rechecking the percentage read in the corner of the kindle. I did like eventually finding out what had been going on, and why June was in trouble in the first place, but it felt like it took a long time to get there. There was some romance, but it didn’t really interest me. There wasn’t a lot of it though. The ending was okay, but I was just glad to get there to be honest. I didn’t really enjoy this to be overall. 6 out of 10.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
An interesting YA read with a really cool premise, Soulprint was an enjoyable read. I really liked the whole idea of soul identification and it turned out to be a lovely story. Alina was a fantastic heroine. She was definitely easy to sympathize for, having had her freedom taken away and being constantly judged for a past life she had no control over. It seemed like to matter what she did, her past life affected how people treated her (well, most people). But, despite that, she was strong, smart, and determined to find freedom. I really liked her. Cameron was good as well. He had a bad past of his own that he was judged by (though in his present life, not his past), so he understood Alina more than most people could. I wish there had been a little more depth to his character, but I still thought he was sweet and likable. The romanced was light, but sweet and I thought Alina and Cameron were great together. The plot was okay, though definitely slow in some places. The first half was only mildly interesting and it wasn't until the second half, when secrets started coming into light, that I was really drawn in. Those secrets definitely took me by surprise and really brought the book up for me. I enjoyed the story and the ending was great. It wrapped a few thing up, but left room for a sequel, should there be one. Soulprint was a great YA read that I really enjoyed. It had an interesting idea, likable characters, and surprising secrets in store. YA lovers, this is a book worth checking out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review