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!! minor spoilers ahead. read at your own risk !!
(The Immortal Gene #1)
by Jacinta Maree
Genre: New Adult, Dystopian, Supernatural
Publisher: Inked Rabbit Publishing
Publication Date: 1 October 2015
My Rating: 3 / 5
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.
R e i n c a r n a t i o n
the philosophical or religious concept that
an aspect of a living being starts a new life
in a different physical body or form after
each biological death (also commonly called
But what if everyone retains their memories of their past lives, right down to the nitty gritty details? And that’s basically the premise for Soulless, which is set in a world where humans have achieved “immortality”. They still die, but their souls live on and are reborn in another body, or otherwise called “recycled”. There are no second chances after death.
I found the world represented in Soulless to be extremely interesting. It is honestly quite reflective of some parts of today’s world, just on a much more extreme scale. There’s the Elites, the top dogs, the ones with the most wealth and power. Meanwhile, everyone else is just struggling to survive.
The descriptions can get quite gory, but I like it. It accurately reflects the world Nadia lives in ― cruel, ruthless and savage.
I would say that this book is pretty realistic. The jail cells weren’t just bland, they were, basically, shit. And the pain from injuries didn’t simply go away overnight. Even a week after taking a shot to the leg, Nadia was still unable to run.
I was okay with the initial relationship between Nadia and Diesel, with them counting on each other for their own survival. However, towards the end, it felt like the author was pushing for them to have a romantic relationship and it just doesn’t seem right to me. 1) I had the impression that Diesel was like in his late-twenties or even older. His age was never really stated and he’s probably much younger than that but somehow that was my first impression of him and it just stuck. And Nadia’s nineteen. So with this (most probably nonexistent) age gap between them, I just could not see them together. 2) The chemistry between Nadia and Diesel??? Non-existent as well. Nadia’s caring, that’s why she didn’t run away from Diesel when she had the chance and stayed to care for him when he was resting from his injuries. But when she started having thoughts about how good Diesel looks, I was taken aback. It’s not insta-love, but the basis for those thoughts are weak or lacking.
I blinked, momentarily caught off guard by the natural curve of
his smile. Dare I say it was actually quite charming on him. Wait!
Charming? Diesel? You’ve had one too many knocks to the head, Nadia.
Putting their relationship aside, they were both enjoyable as individual characters, as were most characters in the book. The problem was: I couldn’t connect to any of them. My heart may have broken a little when one of them died, but I quickly moved on.
I have a huge problem with the ending, not because of the cliffhangers (I’m pretty indifferent towards them now), but because it’s just plain weird. I would try to explain it but that may either spoil the book of confuse you so just go read it for yourself (-:
Overall, an interesting read with a brilliant concept but there were some aspects that prevented me from fully enjoying the book.