Author: Jacinta Maree
Series: The Immortal Gene trilogy, book 1
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Mildly warm
Page Count and Format: 286 pages, Ebook
Published: October 1st 2015 by Inked Rabbit Publishing
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
Well this book was definitely different from anything I have ever read, specially the concept was intriguing which made me request this book in the first place. I did had a few issues with this book but other than that it was a fantastic read.
Soulless is set in a futuristic dystopian world where reincarnation has become a day to day affair. All the souls are basically recycled every time where people regain the memories of their previous lifetimes which slowly eats away their sanity. Nadia Richards is the only exception, she is born without an imprint. While the Elites wants to turn her into a lab rat, surprisingly she finds she could be a part of something far more huge than what she expected. Will she believe it and accept that part or will the Elites get to her and finish her before she can do anything?
The first part of the plot moved a bit slowly before picking up its speed. Nonetheless, it was filled with suspense, action and adventure. In Soulless, the society is divided between the Elites and the poor where the conditions of the poor are very bad. If there’s any defect in the soul or if someone was a criminal or fugitive in their past lives, they are forever captured and kept in the Alpha prison. All the people, at some point of their lives, regains the memories of their previous lives which slowly takes toll on their sanity. That’s why the Elites created a drug, named D400 which supresses the side effects but something far worse than this drug is being created which might destroy entire humanity. I loved the world building and the concept was definitely an interesting one. Only Nadia, our main protagonist is the one who doesn’t remember anything of her past lives, and that’s why she’s taken in and the experiments done on her are so brutal and crude, I was repulsed on how she was tortured.
Nadia was an interesting character. I don’t have much to say about her but she knew how to fight for herself. Diesel was one hell of a weird guy. I mean, I liked him but he was so unpredictable, specially towards the end he felt like a totally different guy. Nadia and Diesel made an unlikely team. The relationship between these two most definitely felt complicated and weird but I kinda liked it as well. Although the romance is not the dominating factor, but it’s there. I definitely want to see where this goes. The other minor characters were interesting to read as well. I enjoyed the action sequences the most, something or the other kept happening which kept me interested throughout the book.
Overall, Soulless was a great read. With a unique concept and interesting characters, the plot kept me glued to the screen throughout the book. The writing was smooth and easy to read. And it was very, very cruel to end on that huge cliffhanger, please can I have the next book as soon as possible? Damn, I really need to know what happens next!
So, guys have you read Soulless yet? Did you love it or hate it? Are you eagerly waiting to read it? Or is it the first time that you heard about this book? Are you adding it to your tbr? Share your thoughts with me!