Title: Soulless (The Immortal Gene #1)
Author: Jacinta Maree
Publisher: Ink Rabbit Publisher/Xpresso Book Tours
Pub Date: October 1, 2015
Type: YA Sci-Fi Book Rating: High
Pages: 393 Avid Reader Time: 2.22 hours
Warning: Contains mature content
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.
Readers discretion: Adult language, violence and some adult scenes. For mature audiences only.
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“Welcome to Soulless. We are the generation that laughs at death”
This is definitely a trap. Soulless draws you in, and then drops you into a pit of live wire emotions. Maree takes you on a death defying stroll through a gritty world. Soulless is a well thought out premise with an excellent world build. From the first page, the reader is immersed into the story. Everyone in the world has a soul imprint that proves their past lives from each reincarnation. But the catch is that you go crazy from all of the times you die. So you have to take a drug to suppress them. Soulless starts off with bang. The main character is in a food line to get rations when a fight breaks out.
“The shot set the rest of the crowd into a panicked scramble.”
The main character, Nadia, is a sassy, strong female protagonist. She does have a kind heart; it’s just hidden behind a tough exterior that keeps her alive. As she makes decision throughout the story, a little more of that heart shines through. Nadia is an oddity in her the world of Soulless. Nadia does not have a soul imprint. 18 years old and alone in a world that views her as persona non grata. But after the betrayals of her family, she finds a new companion. Diesel is a blacklisted terrorist that is rough around the edges. But like with every single character in this story there is more than just that side of Diesel. Every character has such potential to be an epic character. We only see a glimpse of them as Nadia interacts with them. I hope in the next we can find out more about the ones that are still alive…
“You see; I was born without a soul imprint. A defect that has restarted century-old wars, but this time nothing can stop the madness from destroying us all.
That is right Maree has the ability to make you love a character and then have you sobbing about them in less than a chapter. That also fits with the slow burn romance happening between Nadia and Diesel. There is almost sex, questionable feelings and hate to love sequences. Maree interweaves the psychological ramifications of a world that bodies are disposable and bonds are basically non-existent into a fast paced self-discovery saga. There are moments you question the growing love between Nadia and Diesel. Because Diesel is not a nice man, and definitely dangerous. But after the middle of the book, he treats her with a certain softness. He is such a flawed character that you can’t help but love him.
“I won’t let you become my biggest regret. I won’t let this feeling go…For whatever twisted and insane reason, I am choosing you, so please…Don’t run from me.”
Soulless is an action packed graphic tale. It is dark and cruel. It also leaves you with a cliffhanger. It’s slow burn love and exquisite world building more than makes up for the heart wrenching cliff. I devoured Soulless. Mainly because it is a very violent, austere dystopian novel with a chance for hope and love. I give it 5 out of 5 stars for the edge of your seat read.