My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So much is amazing in this novel that it’s difficult to get a handle and say, “Here, look over here,” or “check that out.” Just take my word for it; this is a book like no other.
I call this book “dystopian” because in its strictest sense the term refers to a society that is dysfunctional (such as the culture of the “Matched” series). In “Incarnate,” the society is structured so that one million souls reincarnate-over-and over-again, neverending. But only these one million! No “new souls” or “no souls” are allowed-until Ana’s birth, only eighteen years earlier. Ana could not be identified by the Soul Tellers at the time of her birth, so instead of having centuries of stored memories, she is like a blank slate-a child born to be abused by her terrorizing mother Li, taught that she is of no worth nor value, and that worse, her birth caused Ciana, one of the million and very valued, to die, on the night the Temple went dark. So by Ana’s eighteenth birthday, she is well trained in perceiving herself to be a pariah, an outcast, one with no redeeming social value-and so some others seem to see her as well-but not all. I hope this will be only the first in a long series.
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