January 31st, 2012
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NEWSOUL 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.
NOSOUL 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?
HEART 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?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.
Incarnate was everything I didn't expect. I thought it'd be a dsyotpia but I was wrong. I'd thought the world building would suck and it didn't. I expected the main character to be sulky and pitiful but she wasn't. Jodi Meadows blew my expectations away. In the end, I fell in love with her writing, characters, and Incarnate's beautiful world.
Ana's thoughts and love for music makes for beautiful writing that didn't leave a moment of dullness. Ana is amazing. She isn't what you would expect her to be. She's been shunned as the "nosoul", verbally abused by her mother and the absence of kindness and love in her life made me expect her to be sulky and dark but she wasn't. Sure, she's protective but it's understandable, it's never unwarranted. She's smart, impulsive (Sam thought so too), and hilarious.
Being in a complete new world I didn't know what to expect. With dystopias it's easy because you automatically compare the world within the book to ours. I was thrown off my game when I found out that in Ana's world there's civilizations of amazing creatures we only encounter in fairy tales like centaurs and dragons. Even the sunset is different! The world building didn't feel like the information was being thrown at me but slowly slipping through the cracks of my vision and making it whole.
Among those things, Ana's world is centered around it's human life is reincarnation. It was hard concept to wrap my head around. It was hard knowing that everyone else was so much much older than Ana that it was easy to identify myself with her. In all honestly the thing that made this such a thought-provoking novel was that Ana doesn't know what'll happen when she dies. It's a universal truth that one day you and I will die, there is no getting around that. Ana is scared, I'm scared. Where do I go when I die? Who will I be with? Will any part of me be remembered?
She's scared about not being reincarnated, about dying with her one and only life, but will she? I have so many questions and I have no doubt Jodi Meadows will deliver in the sequel. I feel that there's so much more left for Ana, and us, to find out.