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I really enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it! This isn't your adventure story, with danger everywhere you turn. This book was a nice break from all of that, and I enjoyed each chapter as I got to know the characters more and more. Can't wait to read the next!
The world this book is set in is intriguing by its combination of fantasy and advanced technology. The main character, Ana, is vividly portrayed as an overly defensive yet headstrong teenager who's seeking her identity. Her growing affection for her protector Sam is delicately written as well.
Those are the elements that keeps the reader in the story, rather than its plot which dawdles around Ana exploration of the city of Heart and its politics, history, and its people, none of which ever becomes deeply enriched despite the chapters dedicated to it. Only when dragons threaten the city does the novel rise to its feet.
The main reason why I even gave this book a chance was because of how beautiful and eye-catching the cover is. As soon as I had laid my eyes on it, I knew that I wanted to read this book. But, as started the book and kept reading, Incarnate had not liven up to my expectations. The story line is very unique, I will give the author that. The idea of people being reincarnated and remembering all that they have done in their past lives, the accomplishments and so on, really caught my attention at first. The main character, Ana is portrayed as such a whiny person. It seems as if Sam has to do everything for her, almost like babying her a bit. As time went on, I feel like the plot was not there or the author was really dragging it out at the ending. The whole plot line of the book is Ana figuring out who she is and why she was born as a new soul. But, what will happen afterwards? When Ana has already figured that out? How will she be able to use that new-found knowledge into helping other new souls?
- @Pixin of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Incarnate is not what I expected, and honestly, it surprised me by getting better as it went along. Jodi Meadows clearly considered the premise from all directions before diving in, and I found myself wanting to read more, even as this (first book in the series) ended.
Ana is sometimes annoying- let's just get that out there, first off. BUT, it's easy to see why she's hyper-defensive. And easy to see why Sam is super patient with it. Every time I started rolling my eyes, I was reminded that in this world, only a million people exist and they've been reincarnated each a hundred times or more. So compared to their memories and experience, Ana is the ultimate outsider, and basically on toddler level.
I also have a HUGE appreciation for Jodi Meadows giving Ana some physical awkwardness. Oftentimes teenage female protagonists while insist that they are bumbling, but rarely do they even trip. Ana falls down and miscalculates distances and it hurts when she bangs her knees on the ground. Ana is the most honestly-written teenager I've read in a very long time: all desperation, physical awkwardness, insecurity, momentary flashes of pure empowerment, impatience, misunderstanding, self-centered and dramatic but always trying to do the right thing...I really liked her.
Sam....less so. Their romance felt a little bit forced on his end. I understand where she's coming from, 100%. But for a guy who is subject to teenage hormones but with the wisdom and experiences of a thousand years....it feels like the only thing drawing him to Ana is the fact that she's new while everyone else is stagnant. And that makes me sad, because if that's true, it means his fascination will eventually fade, and Ana doesn't need to be toyed with.
Naturally, I wanted to get inside Stef's head, as the character I would try to be, if I were in that world. MORE STEF!
Okay, in addition to that, I was impressed with the handling that gender and age mean very little in the universe of Incarnate. Souls seem attached to a personality, more or less, including likes/interests, fears, etc. I also feel like we've been teased with potential truths and half-truths that we're sussing out a wee bit faster than Ana is. So I'm looking forward to reading Book 2!
I recommend this for fans of fantasy YA, realistic teenage female protagonists, the transporting power of music, the concept of reincarnation, clean romance, and well-written YA stories in general.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the writing and the little relations to butterflies all over. I thought I would be annoyed at Ana around the beginning of the book, she seemed so naive, but then that changed and I began to really enjoy her as a character. There was not too much world building thrown in my face from the beginning, instead most of it was shown through the actions of Ana, and not told.
The only thing wrong with this book was that some smaller characters became friends too quickly with Ana and there wasn’t enough characterization on them. All I knew about Stef and Sarit was what Ana said they were, I would have liked for them to be more presented in the story.
Other than that I truly enjoyed the book. The ending had enough closure but not too much that it would be strange for a sequel. Yet, it wasn’t a major cliffhanger that left this book just a part 1 to the series. On it’s own this could be read as a book, and that is why I liked it so much.
a very good book. i also have the second book borrowed from the library/ now i shall see if its as good. i would recommend this to those that like graceling,and bitterblue
This book was really good and so easy to get into. I hope their is another one.
this book was alright, but sometimes it is really confusing. i kept expecting things they talked about (like stuff in the future/wherever they are) to be explained later, but they never were.
Incarnate is an exciting debut by author Jodi Meadows! Incarnate is set in Range, a world where the same souls are reincarnated over and over again. Ana, our main character, is the first new soul to be born-EVER. This interesting premise leads us and Ana on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. The imagery of Meadows' words captivated me. I felt the chills of winter as Ana trudged through the snow to get to the city of Heart. I felt disturbed by the unnaturalness of the city's walls when Ana touched them for the first time. I kept turning the pages to know what happened next. A certain fervor builds up as you progress through the novel, an ache that echoes Ana's yearn to find out the truth.
I'm not giving away any spoilers so you'll have to check out Incarnate for yourself but I will say it does not disappoint!
Wasnt really sure what to think of this book, very different from everything ive read before.