Soulless (The Immortal Gene #1)

Soulless

Summary:

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.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Xpresso Book Tours.

Review:

My biggest struggle with this read was that the entire book read like a prequel into the real story that will come in subsequent books.  The other part was that I was expecting something with a touch more fantasy and less dystopian, but that is on my own expectations.   (This mostly came from the cover.)

Nadia is the only loveable character in the futuristic world as she is the only one with true empathy for fellow man.  That being said, she tends to make some questionable choices, which made it difficult to relate to her.  Diesel is a big question mark who never fully won me over though I did like that he looked out for Nadia.  I’m not sure where things are going to go for the two of them in the future. 

I do have to say, the world-building and concepts of reincarnation are completely unique and done really well.  This is not a dystopian world that hesitates to show true human nature when put to the extreme.  The gritty element to the story is certainly unique and could make some very interesting sequels in the series!

Warning: Contains repeated violence and sexual content.

Rating: 3 stars!

Who should read it? Dystopian fans looking for something gritty.

Want to read the whole series? TBD