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In Range, a million souls have been reincarnated for thousands of years. Every soul has had many lifetimes of memories. Everyone knows everyone else, until Ana is born. Ana is a newsoul; this is her first life. No one knows what her appearance means. All they know is that an old soul disappeared and then Ana was born. Ana has spent her whole life being told by her mother that she’s a nosoul, an unloveable thing without feelings. When she turns eighteen, she sets out on a quest to uncover the mysteries of her birth. Her quest leads her to Heart, a great city with strange pulsing walls and a temple with no doors. The citizens of Heart fear what Ana’s presence might mean for all of Range. Only her friend Sam sees her life as something good. Ana must face prejudice and a blossoming romance to discover the truth about her existence.
The premise immediately sucked me in with all of the complications and implications of reincarnation. Range is a totally unique society where everyone knows everyone else because they’ve all spent thousands of years together. Secrets are basically nonexistent. I loved the introduction of Ana as a newsoul into this society. Suddenly, every soul has to confront what her birth means for this world. I can’t imagine anything more terrifying to a soul that has never known permanent death. This terror leads many to act with prejudice and hatred towards Ana, but I always felt that this reaction was natural. The souls of Range haven’t experienced something so completely new and unknown in thousands of years. Of course people are going to be frightened at the implications of Ana’s existence and the disappearance of the soul she replaced.
One of the only people not afraid of Ana is Sam. I think what I love most about their relationship is that they save each other. Sam doesn’t just rescue Ana all the time; they both protect and support each other from physical and emotional harm. I loved that the relationship wasn’t one-sided.
There are a ton of mysteries set up in this book that I can’t wait to get answers for. Who or what is Janan and what are his powers? Where did he come from? Who or what created Heart? Why do the dragons hate Heart so much? How did the soul disappear before Ana’s birth? The ending left me with so many questions, and I’m really excited to see where Meadows takes this story.
PS. Can I just say…helloooo gorgeous cover! I can’t stop looking at it, it’s so pretty.
With a killer premise, a great romance, and a unique setting, Incarnate left me hungry for more of the story.