Monday, March 12, 2012
By Jodi Meadows
Release Date: January 31, 2012
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?
We meet Ana just as she is leaving Li (a ruthless mother who only wishes she had Ciana back, but Ana has replaced her soul). In this time and age of Ana every soul is reincarnated over and over again, thanks to Jonan. He has the ability to recreate every soul over again into new bodies, they can come back as male or female. It's all very very weird to me. I just couldn't imagine coming back and being a man. Such an interesting concept to base a book on. Reminds me of Lost but not, if that makes sense.
So Ana then meets Sam on her journey to Heart, he saves her, she saves him. It's all very becoming. So they finally make their way to Heart, where shocker no one wants Ana around because they are scared of her, of what she represents, a new soul. There will always be prejudices no matter what time we live in. So Sam is to be her keeper and teacher so that she can contribute to the society. Which is all well and good because they seem to fit together, even though he fights it eventually they give in. But are rudely interrupted by a beating and an arrest.
Because of this Ana is sent back to live with Li, which is not what she wants, so like any rebellious teenager she runs away, searches for Sam in hopes of helping him escape so they can run away together. But here comes the dragon. Then it gets even stranger as Ana is pulled into the white temple of Jonan - which never had a door before. This is when things become complicated and interesting.
Overall a good read, and I hope you check it out. I am wondering what will happen next and really hope that Ana becomes reincarnated like the others, or not depends on what your view on reincarnation is.