Title: The Immortalists
Author: Chloe Benjamin
Publish Date: January 9, 2018
# of Pages: 352
(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.
Rating (1-10, 10 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 10
Pace – 7
Plot Development – 9
Ending – 7
Characters – 9
Enjoyability – 9
Insightfulness – 9
Ease of Reading – 8
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin follows the story of four kids who meet with a fortune tale as children. This fortune teller tells them each when they are going to die, and these predictions shape their actions for the rest of their lives.
This book was a real treat and well worth the read. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book, but I was surprised by how much depth and development went into The Immortalists.
The quality of writing in this book was fantastic. It was incredibly well-written and the amount of research and effort that went into this book was apparent.
The pace of the book was slow in the beginning, but it picked up once the book started following each individual sibling.
The plot development of the book was thoughtful and well-executed. I loved the story concept and how the author chose to unfurl the story. I enjoyed following each sibling and how they chose to live their lives with the knowledge of their death dates. Each sibling is so different, so following each sibling was like stepping into a whole different world. At the same time, there was a decent amount of time spent on the relationships between the characters, both positive and negative.
The ending of the book was somewhat anticlimactic, but at the same time, I appreciated the simplicity and the way the book was quietly brought to a close.
The character development was exceptional. I liked the wildness of Simon, the stubbornness of Klara, the steadiness of Daniel, and the anxiousness of Varya. Each sibling is so different, each with their own quirks and personalities. I felt very close to Simon, Klara, and Varya, though my favorite character was Simon, by far. His character is so interesting and complex, and the lifestyle he leads is so loud. I struggled a bit with Daniel. I felt I got to know him the least, and I was somewhat indifferent to his character.
This book was very insightful. As stated earlier, it was clear that the author put in the time and effort into researching and understanding the topics she wrote about. From AIDs, LGBT relations, magic, OCD, and primate research–this book covered a lot of different topics! It never felt forced or contrived. Each character embodied their personalities and preferences perfectly.
The Immortalists was very enjoyable and easy to read. I would highly recommend this book to others.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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