Author : M. J. Rose
First Published : September 1, 2007
This Edition’s Publication Date : October 1, 2008 (reprint edition)
Publisher : Mira
No. of pages : 464
The Story :
Josh Ryder barely survives a terrorist’s bomb and wakes up, changed forever. He begins having flashbacks of being Julius, a pagan running from Christian persecution in ancient Rome and entrusted with a secret treasure with the power to unlock one’s past lives. That and a forbidden love with a Vestal Virgin brings about an ill-fated destiny that begs for correction in his modern life as Joshua.
Confused and determined to know more about his reincarnated condition, Josh turns to the Phoenix Foundation, a facility which studies past life regression in children. He is led to an important archeological find, discovered by Professor Gabriela Chase. The dig holds the entrusted treasure, the Memory Stones, kept hidden for over two thousand years. Josh and Gabriela must decipher its secret to solve Josh’s reincarnated questions and rescue Gabriela’s child.
The Review :
Despite the alluring title, The Reincarnationist is anything but. The bland writing style doesn’t do justice to its genre (adventure-thriller). Surprisingly, even with a recommended reading list that seems to project the book as a well-researched material, the novel just doesn’t grab one by their lapels to be properly thrilling. Rather, it generally just plods along in spite of some occasional frissons of excitement in it.
Blah characterization may have to do a lot with the “ho-humness” of it all as well. Readers may not develop enough empathy for Josh’s character nor for the other characters until a really major thing happens to Gabriella Chase that makes her more palpable. Other than that, you may not really care much for them.
An unsatisfying conclusion may provoke complaints too. Perhaps The Reincarnationist’s inconclusiveness prepares for the book’s touted sequels, The Memorist (Book 2) and The Hypnotist (Book 3). But if you were to read their synopses, you wouldn’t really find them as continuations. (Shrug.) Having not read the sequels, though, I may be wrong.
However, this book is not an all-out loser. It isn’t that bad; it just does not thrill as much as it should have. To think, reincarnation is a very interesting subject; and yet the book just does not entice the reader enough to delve more into it. You finish it, think ok, then promptly forget about it.
To Read Or Not To Read :
Read if you have nothing else more interesting on hand. But I wonder if you’ll still want to tackle a rather average read after knowing it is part of a series.
My Mark : Mediocre