Original Title: Incarnate
Year Published: 2013
Published by: Katherine Tegen
Number of Pages: 374
First Sentence: “What is a soul, but a consciousness born and born again?“
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
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 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?
I really liked this book. I sort of stumbled over it when I was at the library and just decided to borrow it. I am glad that I made that choice. It was an enjoyable read and pretty good.
The world was really interesting and at the same time kind of scary. I think it was because the idea of being constantly reborn and always remembering your previous lives is kind of difficult to grasp (I mean, I can hardly remember what I did last week) and I think it is scary to think of death, but imagine remembering every single time you died. Horrible, and quite traumatic, two things that are actually mentioned in the book.
This is a world where there are no “new souls” being born, instead, everyone is reincarnated. This means that our main character, Ana, is an anomaly for having a new soul. All the other inhabitants believe that she is a sort of killer since a person was killed and their soul disappeared. Ana has therefore been sort of shunned and mistreated her entire life. But she is a great main character, she doesn’t seek pity from others, instead, she just wants to be understood. This is reasonable, considering the fact that she is being accused of a crime she didn’t commit.
Sam, along with some others, believe that Ana is innocent and good. He, therefore, tries to integrate her into the society and make people see her as innocent and as the person she actually is. I liked Sam, he was an interesting and complex character, that I really enjoyed reading about.
The plot was really entertaining and quite fun. It was somewhat weirdly paced though, with some parts flying by and others dragging on for quite some time. But overall, it was a really entertaining and enjoyable book.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.