Release Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
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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.
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?
Now I am going to spew and gush my love for this book into paragraphs.
Over the years of reading YA, I’ve grown tired of the blasé female protagonist, the indecisive, slightly coy female. Ana is not that. At all. She is prickly and blunt and emotionally buried herself behind thick walls so no one can touch her. I’m going to reemphasize the bluntness, cause you probably read over it. Rarely, if ever, have I seen a character be so direct in situations, most characters will hide a truth or not speak their feelings and then conflicts arises from it. To have an honest character is actually (I think) more difficult because then the author has to create conflict for the character in another way. (Sorry, that got a little writer-y, but it’s refreshing and important!)
Now, I must address another huge reason of my arm-flailing love of this book. Sam. I have a mental list of male characters I call: The Best Boys Ever. Additions are rarely made because it is a rather select list. Sam is now on that list. The supremely annoying thing is that there are THINGS I would like to tell you, but it might lead to spoilers and you know I don’t do that. So I’ll do this in my favorite vague way. Page 287-290. Oh mah gaw. Jennifer dead.
The world. I’ve known some people that read this book and were a little... disturbed... at the world of Heart. I, however, drank it up like a 5 year old drinks chocolate milk at recess. I just LOVED it. The history, the societal norms, the people, everything. Said disturbed people were freaked out at a society where every person has been reincarnated i.e. everyone is some one’s physical child, but then might later be a mate. I suppose I can see where some would be unnerved. I was never bothered by it. Really, it was just a little creepy and completely fascinating blended together into utterly beautiful.
The theological and philosophical content. Whoa. College words, right? Sit tight, I’ll make this painless. While, I am not a religious person, I appreciated the whole soul-reincarnation-God/Janan thing and, even more so, the questioning of it. It was presented in a way that makes the world almost dystopic and THAT was interesting because I hadn’t heard many people classify it as that (by now, you must realize I do not Goodreads a book to death before reading it, I want to be untainted). And then there’s whole thing where Ana doesn’t know if she’ll be reincarnated again, living around people who most likely will and have for the past 5,000 years. Kinda gives a new perspective on the ‘this is your life, live it the way you want to’ philosophy.
Goodness, this review is long, so I’ll try to wrap this up quickly. Brief version: I went to Dark Days, Jodi Meadows is so nice and pretty (like I said in the first paragraph), and it made reading like a speed demon the two days before the tour totally worth it. So now I am going to end with... GO. BUY. THIS. BOOK. It is pretty and sexy and awesome. GO.