Review – Incarnate
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  • November 9, 2011

It’s been a while since I read a book I have liked this much, a book that makes the rest of the world go away. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows is an upcoming 2012 debut young adult book from Katherine Tegan books. It’s like nothing I have read in some time. And. It’s. Fabulous. Every bit of it. Period.

Ana lives in Range where people are reborn over and over again. With each rebirth memories are stored in the consciousness fostering a close-knit community within the people. Ana is the first to be born a Newsoul, a person with no former lives and consciousness. Her newness sets her apart even with her mother, Li, who has raised her alone on the fringes of society. The two do not get along. Li is abusive and rough with Ana and Ana does not know enough to distinguish between nurturing and contempt.

When Ana turns 18, she leaves her mother and ventures out into the world hoping to find answers in the city of  Heart. On the way she is attacked by Sylphs and rescued by a stranger, Sam. Sam tends to her wounds and treats her as no one ever has before – like a person and not a problem. When Ana was born into the world an old soul  named Ciana died. Ana has replaced her, but to what purpose?

Incarnate has it all – a tremendous premise, good pacing, and full-blooded characterization. I absolutely loved the world building in this. It’s a very hard book to describe because it’s a very new concept that Meadows has created. Still, the themes running through the book will undoubtedly resonate with the reader; themes of isolation, identity, and self-doubt. Also that of struggling with a person’s past, a loved one’s baggage. This beautiful story unfolds in undulating narrative waves that threaten to overwhelm the reader with its beauty. I quickly fell in love while reading this.

Ana is an exceptional heroine. I fell into place with her as the narrator very quickly…and I ridiculously, ardently, stupidly adore Sam. Many of the side characters are just as interesting too but the story between these two is, by far, the most tender. It sounds as if it is all romance and, believe me, there is a large focus on that…but I’m avoiding laying out a ton of spoilers. Suffice it to say this book is glorious.

5 out of 5 glowing stars. I can’t wait for the next book.

– BP

* Incarnate releases January 31, 2012.

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