Review: The Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin


Title: The Immortalists

Author: Chloe Benjamin

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Release Date: January 9th 2018

Pages: 346

My Rating: ★★★ 1/2 (3.5/5)

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“But I think magic holds the world together. It’s dark matter; it’s the glue of reality; the putty that fills the holes between everything we know to be true. And it takes magic to reveal how inadequate reality is.”

The Immortalists is a fictional family drama that picks up in 1969 in New York City as the four Gold children decide to visit a fortune teller who claims to have the ability to tell you the day you’ll die. The rest of the novel follows each child in order of succession as they continue with their lives and shows how they cope with their supposed fates.

Let me start off by saying that it was a total pain trying to find this book. It was completely sold out at my local Indigo, which is thirty minutes away from home. After trying again another day to find it there, I ended up going to an Indigo an hour away from home, where I eventually found it. Ugh. Can’t beat the country life, folks. Anyway, needless to say, I was very eager to get my hands on this book.

First and foremost, I have to say that I thought the concept of this book was extremely interesting. I loved how the author toyed around with the idea of fate and free will, by showing these young adults growing up with these looming prophecies and deciding ultimately how it would affect their lives. This novel absolutely poses a lot of questions about life, destiny, and the power of mind. I thought that the exploration of these topics was really well done.

As for the stories, if I’m honest, I much preferred the first two - Simon and Klara - over the latter two, which were Daniel and Varya. I thought that Simon’s story was particularly interesting because a) it took readers into the LGBT community in San Francisco during the 1970s and ‘80s and how Simon fit into it, and b) it was sort of a kicking off point for the rest of the story, as the three other characters were largely affected by several events that occurred during Simon’s story.

The reason that I didn’t rate this higher was simply because, despite having a very intriguing concept, the actually story itself was sorta lacklustre in my opinion. I found that certain parts just didn’t grip my attention like others, and I found myself a bit bored at times. But don’t get me wrong!! Overall, it was quite good. I just don’t really know if this is the sort of book for me, although I’m sure many, many others would love it.

Have you read The Immortalists? Did you love it or find it so-so?

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