In a world where all other inhabitants have been reincarnated over and over again for thousands of years, Ana is a new soul (or as her heartless mother Li likes to say, a “No soul”). Once she hits 18, she sets out for Heart to find answers about the origins of her existence. She’s not exactly greeted with open arms: Residents of Heart believe she threatens their survival, though she does make an ally in Sam.
INCARNATE is a utopia – that is if you disregard the sylphs and dragons that go on regular killing sprees through Heart. Sam also believes that society has stagnated (and society thinks he’s too unfocused – trying out new projects every life). People fear change and though that makes most people fear Ana, Sam welcomes the inspiration and renewal she promises.
It’s not the easiest thing to make a romance between a 5000 year old and teen believable, but Meadows more than hits the mark here. I also really liked the exploration of the concept of gender neutrality. In a world where a soul might be reincarnated in the body of a man or a woman, love and friendships persist no matter what skin the people are in.
The world building is inventive and made my imagination run wild. I can’t wait to see what Meadows has in store for the rest of the trilogy!
INCARNATE comes out January 31, 2012. Find out more about it at the author’s website. Also, read her Dystopian August preview interview.
Zombie Chickens say: Something refreshingly different and exquisitely thoughtful. Highly recommended.
Song for the Ultimate Dystopian Playlist: Like a Virgin by Madonna. Sample lyric: “I made it through the wilderness” (lol - couldn’t resist!)