Genre: Fantasy Age Range: YA Star Rating: 4 stars Series: yes - first book?
How can you find your soul mate, when you don’t have a soul?
Iris lives in a world ruled by The Order. Inspectors police the population by keeping careful watch over people’s souls. If they shine their lanterns on you, your soul is projected for the world to see and judge. But Iris has a deadly secret, she is a hollow, a person with no soul.
She must hide from the Order at all costs, scraping a living in the shadows. But when she’s sent to steal a ring from a lady of nobility, she is reunited with her Spark – one of the five parts that make up her own missing soul.
Now she must rely on the help of a young scholar named Evander Mountebank to track down the other four missing pieces of her soul, all the while evading The Order. Will she be able to protect her heart as well as find her soul?
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THE GIRL WITH NO SOUL is a fun YA about rebellion, secrets, and a missing, shattered soul. The premise of a missing soul, split into piece, was what drew me to this book in the first place and I did enjoy it. We get a quest (!!!) to find it across a fantasy dystopia city where clues are uncovered by diving into repressed and fragmented memories.
There are so many levels of fragmented, false, and lost memories in this book, twisting and reshaping your understanding of what’s happened. Each time a new one is recovered, it alters your perspective on the events of The Day That Was Not. I really like mysteries embedded within fantasy and this one is done so well. Every time you think you know where it all stands, the tangled web of lies and manipulations just keeps going.
The different abilities the various soul types are both interesting and pretty intimidating. From being able to monitor people’s conversations to manipulating one’s own shadow, there’s a wide range of inventive ways the five parts of a soul could manifest abilities. It helps make it into more of a fantasy than a dystopia as the abilities feel like magical control rather than a technological, 1984-esque control. It definitely has those dystopia vibes, but personally I feel like it leans the fantasy way more.
I’m not entirely sure, but I think I saw somewhere that this was a first book in a series? At any rate, it certainly feels like there could be more books as the threats aren’t entirely done and dealt with, and several ambitious people don’t strike me as ones who’d happily sit back and let their dreams go!