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Review for The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Reviews / 25 Comments

Review for The Immortalists by Chloe BenjaminThe Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on January 9th 2018
Genres: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 352
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
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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.

 

 

 

 

The premise of The Immortalists was what drew me to read this. Having someone tell you the exact day you will die would both fascinating and certainly frightening. I guess that questions that comes to mind would be, would it change each and every decision you make from the point on, or do you just blow it off as a psychic just trying to make some money? It all sounds interesting doesn’t it?

These four siblings went to see a psychic in 1969, who of course claimed to be able to tell them their death dates. These were young and vulnerable kids, but they took what she said to heart. The story is given in four parts over the course of several years, you have Simon’s, Klara’s, Daniel’s and Varya’s stories. First two parts are Simon and Klara, these two are the most daring, the risk takers. Klara has become a dream follower, a magician, basically following in her Grandmother’s footsteps. She’s talented at it, and even does her Grandmother’s trapeze act. Simon was fearless, he’s is comfortable in his skin, and openly gay. I did admire that about him, especially that this was a time when it wasn’t accepted. His story however, was pretty emotional, and detailed and for some readers this can be uncomfortable.

Now onto the other two part, Daniel and Varya. Daniel is the noble one, he has this need to protect and help others and does so in the medical field. Vayra studies science, notably it was science that has to do with aging, well not aging to be honest. It seemed to me that they were do what they could to avoid the whole “death day” prophecy they learned all those years ago. While each of the stories had something to offer, the premise behind it all got pushed to the side. The family dynamics was something I was looking forward to, and they seemed to be pushed aside just the same. It was such a intriguing story at the beginning, but sadly, it didn’t follow through till the end. In the end, I did enjoy this for the most part, but I was disappointed that we didn’t get to see as much family interaction as I though there would be, but at least there was some.

Overall, even with the issues that I did have with this, I did still enjoy it. The characters were unique in their own ways, the concept was interesting, with love, family, and fate all intertwined.

 

 

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Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession

25 Responses to “Review for The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin”

  1. Geybie’s Book Blog

    Sorry this didn’t really work for you. But glad you still enjoyed it. Awesome review, Jenea.
    Anyway, check your email. I just sent you one. Congrats, you won! 😉😘❤️

  2. verushka

    Oh I’m sorry this wasn’t as good as you hoped! I thought this was actually one of the coolest premises I’d read in awhile.

  3. Nina

    Overall you did enjoyed reading it, that’s always a good thing! I think that the premise of the book sounds pretty amazing. Not sure when I’m going to read it, but it’s on the list of to buy books. Great review.

  4. Olivia @ The Candid Cover

    That premise does sound interesting and would have me picking it up as well. It is unfortunate that it fell a little bit flat, though. I will look for it when it comes out just because my interest is so piqued by that concept.

  5. Angela

    This was one of the books I was most looking forward to in 2018. The concept is so unique. It’s too bad it didn’t work out for you!

  6. Sophia Rose

    Huh, this one would definitely capture my attention and have me thinking about it even when I wasn’t reading it b/c of the knowing when they would die element and how it would shape their lives. Too bad it didn’t quite get there for the family element, but I would definitely read it for the other part. Thanks, Jenea!

    Hope you’re staying warm and safe with all that troublesome cold weather and storm coming through your area.

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