Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
The power of words. They weaseled under door crevices and through keyholes. They hooked into individuals and wormed through generations. Chloe Benjamin
Alright, so this book was one that we chose for our bookclub. I went in to it having no idea what it was about, and with no expectiations. To be honest, I came out feeling very unsure about the whole thing. There were parts of the book that took me completely by suprise, while other parts I saw coming miles away.
The concept of the novel was unique, a little sad, and it left me with very mixed feelings. As someone who (obviously) leans towards stories with a happy or happy (ish) ending, this one was a new experiance. If I had known, going in, what the premises of the books actually was, I am not sure I would have read it. I am not, however, sad that I did!
The Immortalist had a series of story lines, and an idea behind it unlike anything I have read. The questions raised in the novel really made you wonder about families and life, and also made you think about everything under the surface. Even the people you think you know, may be hiding more than you could ever imagine.
I would recommend The Immortalists, but with the caution that it is not a feel good book, it will probably make you cry multiple times. There were a couple spots that got me really good. But, it was well written, and well done. Give it ago!