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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Immortalists

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

"If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

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.

A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds."


The Immortalists is a standalone fiction novel by Chloe Benjamin that tackles an intriguing and morbid question.

I wasn't expecting to enjoy this when I picked this up for the pretty cover, but I did. This was both easy and hard to read. Easy to read because you get invested in the lives of siblings, and hard because you have to read about their downfall. The book brings forth interesting topics like what would you do if you knew when you died and self-fulfilling prophecies.

If you want to get a bit philosophical, try this book out.

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