Monday, April 9, 2012

Dystopian April #3: Incarnate


New soul
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.
No soul
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?

Review in multiple parts

Setting: It's...........different. Heart-the city-is a typical dystopian city--technology we don't have, advanced smart people, and a council that rules over evyerone. The only difference is that there are dragons and sylphs and other fantasy creatures that live on the outside of Heart. It's strange, but it makes life in Heart interesting knowing you could be killed if you stepped outside. And the walls. They have a pulse, like a heart. Creepy. Well, the heart beat is Janan, the "God" of Range and it's reincarnated people. Janan is the higher power that created all the people and reincarnated them over and over. I like the idea of reincarnation, but it seems like the city is Janan, not just a city. (And apparently it's been there since the beginning of time, waiting for them. Like I said, creepy!).

Plot: So, in the Range, everone is reincarnated over and over. Well, one soul isn't reincarnated and a new soul is born-Ana-and her "mother" thinks she's a nonsoul, and that she's a bad omen. Plus, she hates Ana's guts because Li thinks Ana's the reason why her husband left her. And because of this, Li abuses Ana. (Cinderella style + a bit of hitting.)

Well, this is the reason for the plot (or I think it is). Ana leaves 1) to find out who she is and why she wasn't reborn and 2) to get away from Li. She's determined to get to Heart and find out about her dad and what happened the night she was born.

From there, after she gets attacked by sylphs, she meets sam, and they go to Heart together and Ana gets educated on different subjects while finding the answers she needs. But there, people either hate her, like her, or don't care about her. And soon some people start blaming her for the dragons and sylphs that have been attacking Heart. And then at the end, when we find out why they've been coming to Heart, there's this big twist in the story by a man that I thought was dead. It was good, but also somewhat predictable, because sometime in the story you had to figure out that he's still alive and coming back. Specially when he heard about Ana.
I liked that part.
Ana finding her self  is so typical but that twist at teh end made the book better. I wish there was more though.

Characters: Ana, I swear, has mood swings. One moment she was mad at Sam, telling him that she can defend herself, and then a second later she's crying about something! As much as I admire her determination to find out why she's new, I didn't like the mood swings.

Now Sam. Well, he's old even though in his current cycle he's 19. Sometimes he shows it. I like it how he wanted to take care of Ana after her accident, and then took her in at Heart when the council couldn't (wouldn't) let her in, but at some points I thought he was more like a dad to Ana than another teen. And when he's "falling in love" with her, I think it was "love at first sight" for him, and for Ana  it was "oh, I'm in love". Gah. I wish their relationship was more developed than that. Yet, Sam really cared for Ana that he tried to find her father and help her out in Heart. That gave him brownie points. :)

Future: It's a trilogy, and I can't say what I think or I'd give some stuff away. Sorry!

Incarnate definately takes a dystopian to new creative heights. It was creative, and brings an old idea with a new one. It's very likeable for those who like dystopians.


Love the butterfly!


*Won this book from some place, along with an ARC I have for trade.

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