Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Book Shelf: Soulless (The Immortal Gene #1) by Jacinta Maree

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.

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Soulless is the absolutely spectacular first book in Australian author Jacinta Maree’s new The Immortal Gene series and is a truly impressive start to what looks to be a very promising series! 

Soulless introduces readers to a futuristic dystopian world where reincarnation isn’t just a magical possibility—it’s a reality…a dark gruesome reality. For generations what was once considered the gift immortality has been an unending curse. Individuals find themselves trapped inside their own minds as they experience the memories, experiences and often traumatic deaths of their past lives. With multiple personalities present in their heads, society has become a dark, warped place, where trust, love and consideration for others are all a thing of the past, and the only way to survive is to rely on yourself. 

For 19 year old Nadia Richards, this world is home and a never ending fight for survival—especially seeing as Nadia is the first person ever born without a soul imprint; meaning she has no past memories and doesn’t appear to have ever been reincarnated. The exception in a crumbling society, Nadia finds herself hunted by different groups of individuals who will stop at nothing to end the cycle of reincarnations and who believe that Nadia is the key they have been looking for…….

Having read and literally devoured Soulless, there is absolutely nothing about the book I can fault—other than the fact it ended. LOL! Jacinta Maree has created a truly dark, vivid dystopian world within Soulless. Her powerful descriptions paint a picture of a world destroyed, where most citizens must wear gas masks to simply breathe outside and those in power rule with iron fists and violence. It’s quite vivid and beautifully dark. Maree doesn’t shy away from violence and gruesome death and keeps things very honest. 

Jacinta Maree also depicts very different groups of individuals trying to survive and various organisations hell bent on bringing change about to the world—even if it’s through nefarious means. I really appreciated the different levels and layers to this society and find myself still dying to learn more; especially if the killer ending Jacinta Maree included in Soulless is anything to go by! 

Soulless really draws you in as you follow Nadia, who truly is a fabulous heroine. Nadia is strong willed and capable and just a little hot-headed. She’s different in the sense she can’t really emphasise with what the rest of society go through, having no past lives herself, but she’s kind and caring in a way no one else is. I think she’s a strong individual and you couldn’t help but like her as you followed her story. 

Maree doesn’t hold anything back with this novel and not all characters you meet are guaranteed to survive as the story progresses. I admit I’ve never found myself so entranced by a hardened, psychopathic killer before, but Diesel…..I love him. I don’t care if he has a pertinent to kill first and then ask questions later—this criminal is so darn likable. And he and Nadia have some serious chemistry even if they’re not trying to be flirty with each other. They just complement each other so well and I’m already so very invested in their friendship and possible developing romance. Jacinta Maree has me very interested in Diesel and what is happening between him and Nadia—there’s so many possibilities their connection brings, and it really is just the cherry on top of a story so fast paced and exciting. 

Incredibly addictive all the way to the final page, Soulless is a fantastic premise in what I have no doubt will be a brilliant series and has this reader dying to get her hands on the next book pronto. Incredible story and one I highly recommend! 

Source: Sent for review by Xpresso Book Tours and author Jacinta Maree (Thanks ladies!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | The Book Depository
My Recommendation: A brilliant read for dystopian fans!
Cover: Fantastic cover--suits the series.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: CANNOT wait for more!


  1. This review almost had my in tears! okay, I lie, I was in tears. Thank you so much, I am so overwhelmed with happiness. So, so so happy to hear you enjoyed it. Your review really blew me out of the water.

    Love it, you're such a rockstar.
    Thank you.

    Jacinta Maree.

  2. Aww, shucks, your welcome. Thank YOU for writing such a fabulous story. As I've said, I can't wait for more!

  3. Wow this sounds like such a great book and I love dark dystopian stories that are really well developed in terms of thew world building. I find them scary and many are very realistic to what the world could actually become, too! Great review, Rachel!


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