Reincarnation just got deadly.
This book is a bizarre but highly entertaining twist on reincarnation. The future has been ravaged by war and death and famine, so much so that scientists invented reincarnation, seemingly the only way to ensure people got a full life.
Except it all went horribly wrong.
People are reborn alright, but not with a blank slate. Memories from past lives linger from early childhood, causing horrific nightmares about previous deaths and, as a person ages and remember more and more and an ever-increasing number of lives, insanity.
Society is even more classist than ever, as the rich scrabble after a drug that suppresses these memories and allows them to retain their sanity, and lead a reasonably normal life, and the poor are abandoned to their madness and killed over the smallest offense.
Criminals aren’t just criminals for life anymore, they’re criminals forever. With the ability to ‘scan’ a person’s eyes and see who they used to be, the authorities can lock you up for something you don’t even remember doing – yet.
Into this harsh and deeply disturbing reality is born Nadia. At nineteen, she not only hasn’t recalled her past lives yet, she doesn’t have any. An outcast due to her sanity rather than her insanity, Nadia provides us with an intriguing insight into a world turned on its head.
What if everyone was mad, and you were the only sane person left?
What if you spent your whole life searching for understanding and a real human connection and were constantly met by mistrust, hostility, and indifference?
What if your own parents were incapable of loving you, as you love them, because to them you’re not their daughter, but simply another body in a sea of bodies that are constantly born and discarded, souls born again and again, a perpetual do-over.
Except nothing ever gets better, it just gets increasingly worse.
Nadia lives in such a world. Unable to connect with her parents, from whom she wants nothing by a love they are incapable of giving, she searches elsewhere for meaning, love, and answers.
Her journey is a remarkable, if harrowing one, and the love she finds is fierce, strange, and ultimately as insane as the world it comes from.
This is a remarkable book. The world building is simply phenomenal, the characters intriguing and strong. For the most part it is well written, although it suffers slightly with pacing issues at times. This is a minor irritant, however, and there is more than enough intrigue and psychological exploration to keep you reading.
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Soulless by Jacinta Maree
(The Immortal Gene #1)
Publication date: October 1st 2015
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult, Supernatural
Welcome to Soulless.
We are the generation that laughs at death.
Reincarnation; what was once considered a gift of immortality has become an eternity of nightmares.
Nadia Richards lives in a world plagued by reincarnation, a system of recycling souls where all past memories, personalities and traumatic events are relived daily in disjointed sequences. Trapped within their own warped realities, not even the richest and most powerful are saved from their own minds unraveling. Madness is the new human nature, and civilizations are crumpling beneath themselves trying to outrun it.
Within a society that ignores death, Nadia appears to be the one exception to the reincarnation trap. Born without any reincarnated memories and with printless eyes, the hot tempered 19 year old quickly becomes the ultimate prize to all those wishing to end the vicious cycle, or for some, to ensure they could evade death forever.
Readers discretion: Adult language, violence and some adult scenes. For mature audiences only.
Born in Melbourne Australia, Jacinta Maree considers herself a chocoholic with an obsession with dragons, video gaming and Japan. She writes a variety of genres including YA paranormal, steampunk, horror, new adult, dystopian and fantasy. Winner of 2014 Horror of the year and bestselling author, Jacinta writes to bring enjoyment to others while fulfilling her own need to explore the weird and the impossible.