If The Immortalists is any indication, 2018 is definitely going to be a fantastic year for books. Chloe Benjamin’s sophomore novel was one of my favorite reads of the year (even though it’s technically a 2018 release). I guess I’m kind of spoiling the whole review, but I don’t care, because this book is amazing, and I’m sure you’re all going to keep reading anyway, right?
(All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.)
(From Goodreads) If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present?
It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.
Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.
Obviously, I loved this book. I was a bit worried, because I had pretty high expectations, but The Immortalists exceeded them. I honestly don’t even know where to begin with this review, because 1. I can’t find good enough words to describe how amazing this was, and 2. I really think it’s better if you go into it not really knowing very much about it. I don’t think I even read the synopsis before requesting this book – I was sucked in by the cover, okay? – and I absolutely loved discovering this story as it unfolded.
I fell in love with all of the characters (though Simon and Klara are definitely my favorites, for reasons I will not tell you until you read the book), which was so important since this is such a character-driven story. I felt so invested in their lives and I couldn’t put this book down. I literally finished it in less than twenty-four hours. It would have been less, but I had to fit eight hours of work in there somewhere.
I also love how this book messes with your mind a little bit. It felt very reminiscent of The Night Circus and Station Eleven, and I do not say that lightly. It’s been a few days since I finished The Immortalists, and I’m still not quite sure what was real and what was imagined. And yes, being a bit ambiguous is a risky move, but Chloe Benjamin pulls it off flawlessly. It is pure magic.
★★★★★ – I’m just going to leave you with those five stars, because I don’t want to give away too much more. But trust me, this needs to be on your TBR next month.
If you’re a fan of literary fiction – particularly books like The Night Circus and Station Eleven – I highly recommend The Immortalists.
The Immortalists will be in bookstores starting January 9, 2018. You can preorder your copy on Amazon now.
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