Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.
INCARNATE has an eerie and intriguing premise and I am looking forward to seeing where Jodi Meadows takes it next.
— Robin McKinley, bestselling and Newbery Award winning author of THE HERO AND THE CROWN, SPINDLE’S END, DRAGONHAVEN, and PEGASUS
Lyrical and thought-provoking, INCARNATE is the kind of book that stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page. I loved it!
— Rachel Hawkins, New York Times Bestselling author of HEX HALL and DEMONGLASS
One word: Breathtaking. More words: Heart-melting. Soul-feeding. Mind-blowing. INCARNATE captured all of me and won’t let go.
— Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of the SHADE trilogy
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2012 Kids’ Next List
“Ana lives in a society where everyone is reincarnated and remembers all of their past lives. As the first new soul in 5,000 years, Ana is alone and regarded as something between a child and a mayfly. On her 18th birthday, Ana sets off on a mission to discover her origins. But, in order to gain access to the information she needs, Ana must prove that even a short-lived soul is worth loving.”
— Kristen Eaton, Phoenix Books, Essex, VT
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In Range, the same souls have been reincarnated as long as anyone can remember. They may have different bodies, but the wisdom and experience of the person remains, along with memories. One million souls have done this for thousands of years until the night a baby who is not the expected reincarnation is born. Is this child a nosoul? What happened to the other soul? When Ana turns 18, she leaves her home and her cruel mother to look for answers to her very existence in the city, Heart. On her way she meets Sam, who is about her age physically. He helps her get to Heart, where problems arise immediately. Many fear this nosoul. If one soul can vanish to be replaced by a new one, could it happen again? As she searches for answers, Ana finds herself drawn to Sam, but doubts his feelings for her. Meadows has created a complex world but keeps all of the pieces together. The romance is captivating, as are the questions raised by the reincarnations. Can two souls be perfect for each other? This is the first book in a planned trilogy, and many questions, issues, and problems need answers. Incarnate cannot stand alone, but rereading will surely take place while fans wait for the next installment. This would be a thought-provoking choice for anyone who is looking to move beyond vampires, werewolves, and angels.
—Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA
In the Range, there are a million souls who are reincarnated again and again, creating a community where memories and experiences are shared and familiar. Into this community a new soul, Ana, is born. Not only that, but another soul, Ciana, disappears. Ana’s mother, Li, who despises Ana, raises her isolated, away from the city of Heart where most people live. When she turns eighteen, Ana decides to trek to the city to see if she can find out more about why she is a new soul, but Li’s treachery lands Ana in a fight for her life. When Ana is rescued by a young man named Sam, she is stunned that he seems to want to help her. The two of them find themselves in a series of perils as they work to uncover the secret behind Ana’s birth in the strange city of Heart.
This is the first in a planned trilogy by Meadows, and teens who enjoy a good fantasy replete with romance, dragons, and intrigue will find themselves hooked on book one. Ana is an engaging protagonist, made suspicious by her early years with Li, and now trying to learn trust with Sam. The ramifications of reincarnation are explored in an interesting manner, and the story moves at a good pace. This is a terrific addition to junior and senior high libraries and can be handed to fans of Robin McKinley or Tamora Pierce or anyone looking for an absorbing fantasy.
—Mary Ann Darby.