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Synopsis: Alina Chase has been contained on an island for the last 17 years—whether that’s for the crimes of her past life, or for her own protection, well, that depends on whom you ask. With soul-fingerprinting a reality, science can now screen for the soul, and everyone knows that Alina’s soul had once belonged to notorious criminal, June Calahan, though that information is supposed to be private. June had accomplished the impossible: hacking into the soul-database, ruining countless lives in the process.
Now, there are whispers that June has left something behind for her next life—something that would allow Alina to access the information in the soul-database again. A way to finish the crimes she started.
Aided by three people with their own secret motivations, Alina escapes, only to discover that she may have just traded one prison for another. And there are clues. Clues only Alina can see and decipher, clues that make it apparent that June is leading her to something. While everyone believes Alina is trying to continue in June’s footsteps, Alina believes June is trying to show her something more. Something bigger. Something that gets at the heart of who they all are—about the past and the present. Something about the nature of their souls.
Alina doesn’t know who to trust, or what June intends for her to know, and the closer she gets to the answers, the more she wonders who June was, who she is, whether she’s destined to repeat the past, whether there are truths best kept hidden—and what one life is really worth.
I truly enjoyed reading this book. I'm all for dystopian fiction, so this one fit right into that category and yet was something new and something I hadn't come across before.
The story itself takes a little getting into, but it's a story of finding who you are and fighting for what you believe in. And I loved that. All the twists and turns, the crossroads that Alina has to deal with make this a really fast-paced and great book to come across.
Alina Chase herself is a highly likeable character, simply because she deals with something every one of us does: identity issues. Just that hers are a little more complex than your average person's. Labeled as a threat to society simply because she was unfortunate enough to inherite the soul of a traitor, she's fighting agains prejudice and injustice, only to find that maybe this soul and her own aren't so different after all. Alina is highly likeable as a character, strong and doesn't take anything from anyone. She wants to fight, and does so, and yet still manages to keep that soft demeanor when necessary.
The writing itself is easy to get into and just flows along, which makes it really nice to follow!! I am definitely keeping my eyes open for the next in this series, as I really wanna know what's gonna happen to Alina and the gang (whom I really come to love as well).
Recommendation is there, so if you have a chance to get this book and like dystopian novels with romance, then this book is just right for you!