First look: Firstly, I just want to say that the cover for The Immortalists is very eye catching, and grabbed my attention right away. It has a pretty simple design, but the use of color really makes it pop out; I like it very much. Secondly, the one liner given under the cover is intriguing, and of course the synopsis was even more so. They sparked my interest enough to read its "first look".
"If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?"
The beginning of this story starts off a little strangely, giving vivid descriptions of the body of a thirteen year old girl named Varya. However, looking passed that, I love how beautifully the author describes things. Chloe Benjamin's writing is easy to get lost in; its full of vivid imagery and tons of details.
In 1969, a traveling psychic sweeps into New York's lower east side for a short stay. The rumors of her ability to tell anyone of the day they will die both excites and scares the residents. Eager and excited to see what the fortune teller can tell them, the four adolescent Gold children (Simon, Klara, Daniel and Varya) sneak out to hear what their futures will hold for them.
Unfortunately, they're not all as bright as the children would like them to be. For what they're told leaves the Gold siblings with doubt's, questions and fears. Although they try to dismiss the teller's words as made up, they do different things in order to try to change what the psychic saw for them.
This book is about family bonds, growing up, living life to the fullest and making the best of what life has to offer you. I was only able to read the first 35 pages of this book, but I would be interested in completing it to see how the sibling's lives' turn out to be.