Saturday, May 12, 2012

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

New soul.  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.  No soul.  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?  Heart 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? -

When I first started this book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it.  Although it does kind of start out wih some action, surprisingly, I had a tad bit of trouble getting into it at first.  I'm not sure why.  I'm so glad I stuck with it though.  This book turned out to be fabulous. 

The whole idea that no soul is born to be brand new, that all souls are repeatedly endlessly and that, grown, the people remember themselves throughout centuries, was so unique.  I've never read anything quite like that in a dystopian, and it has dragons too!  So really it's somewhat of an interesting mixture between dystopian and fantasy.  Whatever it was, though, worked for me.

I love the relationship between Ana and Sam.  The majority of the story is actually between these two characters.  You would think this would make for a boring book, but quite the contrary.  These two carried the story off just fine.  Their scenes together, their building affection and feeling was so compelling to read.  The external conflicts, while welcome and well done, were actually secondary in a way.

Jodi Meadows has employed excellent world-building here, and I found myself truly enthralled.  I'm eagerly awaiting the second book in this series.  Her writing was fast paced, and often beautiful.  A wonderful debut. 


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