Book Review: The Immortalists

Author: Chloe Benjamin

Pages: 352

Goodreads Synopsis: ” 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.

The 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; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.”

Review: I have to admit at first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this but after the first chapter I found that I couldn’t put it down. I loved Chloe Benjamin’s writing style and structure of this story. It was essentially 5 stories in one, with each section of the novel being about a different sibling so you never had to jump back and forth. It had me really invested in each character, their strength, insecurities and how they dealt with the knowledge of their death. It was also great to see how these different stories connected to each other

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

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