Book Review “Animus – The Oldest Soul” Tiffany Fitzhenry

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Eve has no idea she’s the oldest soul on earth, with a pre-wired connection to every other soul on the planet and that the boy she’s mysteriously drawn to, named Roman, has been her soul mate, her love of nearly three hundred lifetimes–until he tells her.

But what Roman doesn’t mention is that the new genetic test called Animus will soon expose what she is to the whole world and that he’s being tasked with the impossible; steering her, into the open arms of another, a boy named Jude. She’ll learn that Jude’s the only brand new soul on earth; the one who’s come to change the world, and that the future of humanity rests in their intertwined destiny.

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First lines: “I’m lucky to be part of it, you know,” she nodded, looking for my agreement, but I sat still as a stone, studying her as she swabbed my skin with alcohol. “It’s actually really interesting!” she gushed to fill in the gap left by my silence.

“The Oldest Soul” is one of those books that is entertaining but also thought provoking. Putting aside the controversy of the existence of a soul and looking at the aftermath if there is a soul is more of what I felt this book was about. Not so much religion but more a weaving of science and myth. There are some quotes from the Christian Bible but for the most part I felt this story was more speculative fiction than anything.

Fitzhenry does a great job of world building in this book  but there are a few things that I think could be left out or delivered in a more organized way. Mainly, the bible quotes could stand to be edited out. It’s confusing within the context of the story. The Christian religion and reincarnation don’t walk hand and hand. As someone who is familiar with the religion, when Fitzhenry would drop a bible quote or have dialogue that referenced Christianity, it pulled me out of the book.  Instead of adding a thread of realism to the story it pulls away from the believabilty of it. Too many contradictions.

Eve needs to be fleshed out a bit more as well. Her personality comes across and bland and dry in most of the book. I really want to like her but I feel like I have more questions about her than answers. I feel the same with many of the supporting characters. 

The premise of this story is fascinating! The blurb caught my eye immediately and could definitely go on to be a best seller.  It’s a great subject for science fiction to flesh out. I really want to know more and will definitely keep reading. Fitzhenry has a goldmine here if she will do just a bit more tweaking to the story to fine tune it. The cover is awesome though! 

I’m giving it 4 stars.

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The Technical Data:

Title: The Oldest Soul – Animus  | Series:  The Oldest Soul Triology  |  Author(s): Tiffany Fitzhenry |Publisher: Hierarchy Publishing / Publication Date: 10-20-2015 |Pages: 328 (Print) | ISBN:  978-1944216009 |Genre(s): Dystopian & Science Fiction |Language: English |Rating: 4 out of 5 |  Date Read: 9-20-2016 |Source: Copy from Author

 

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