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 suspicious
and 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?
**EArc received from NetGalley**
Wow- What an amazing book!! That's all that you are going to hear from my mouth right now. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows was one of the most imaginative novels I have ever read. It wasn't just the plot that made me fall in love with this book, it was the way that Meadows went about telling Ana and Sam's story and that way she made me fall in love with Ana and Sam.
Incarnate tells the story of Ana, who was born into a utopian society where no one actually dies- they are reincarnated and retain all the memories from their previous lives. Ana in an anomaly in this world. She is a newsoul; which is basically what it says, someone born with a new soul. She has not been reincarnated and she has no old lives. In fact, she is blamed for stealing the life of another who was expected to be reborn. For this reason Ana is persecuted and essentially shunned from society.
The story that is Incarnate is so imaginative and different, it was SO fun to read and I could barely put it down. But, even with a great idea for a story it would not have been successful had Jodi Meadows been a terrible writer. But she's not, she is a beautiful writer. She has the ability to write a fast pace, intense action scene that has you holding your breath as well as an emotionally intense romantic scene that has you fighting back tears. She did such an amazing job at making readers feel everything that her characters are feeling. It was amazing.
The thing that I loved the most about this novel was the characters. They were truly amazing and complex individuals. Ana was eager and sweet- she wanted to figure out the mystery of her birth. She was smart, really smart, however, she was unfamiliar with just how brilliant she was. I really liked Ana, I never found her annoying or whiny. She was fantastic and it was refreshing. Sam-Dossam- was an interesting individual. I can't imagine him being an easy character to write. Sam was a 5,000 year old man in an eighteen year old's body. He was wounded, and moody, he was also incredibly sweet and caring. The relationship that Sam and Ana have made me happy. Really happy. For those of you who have read Unearthly, Sam and Ana's relationship and how it develops is comparable to Clara and Tucker's. Which is saying a lot. There are a million other amazing characters in this book, but I can't possible talk about all of them, not matter how hard I tried.
Overall, Incarnate was an amazing debut by Jodi Meadows and I can barely wait to read more by this author.
~Happy Reading Everyone!