Publisher: GP Putnam’s Sons
I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I started The Immortalists. I knew it was about destiny and four siblings living in New York, but I didn’t really know if it would be a fantasy tale or not -it wasn’t.. There are definitely some magical elements, though. It’s 1969 and Simon, Klara, Daniel and Varya visit a mysterious fortune teller who claims to know the day they will die. Each one of them reacts to the news in a different way and we get to follow their life adventures in four sections that take, as you could expect, 25% of the book.
First of all there’s Simon, a gay teenager who moves to San Francisco, then the mysterious Klara, who wants to be a magician; good-natured Daniel, who becomes a military doctor, and serious and responsible Varya, the eldest of the bunch. This was essentially a family saga, spanning many years from 1969 until 2006, and focusing on how the gypsy’s prediction affects each sibling and influences their life path.
I love family sagas, and I mainly ask one thing of them: the characters need to be appealing, you need to be able to connect with them, and become emotionally invested. And Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists managed to do that in a beautiful way. Even though Simon and Klara’s stories were my favorite, I could see why each one of the stories was special in its own way.
I loved the concept of the story, the inevitable question that everyone asks themselves after reading this book. Would you want to know? Would you live your life differently if you did? And what would you do if you were destined to die sooner than expected?
Many thanks to the publishers and Edelweiss for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review