|In the late 1960s, as children, four siblings visit a mystic who tells them when they will die. The exact date. But she doesn’t tell them how they will die.
The Immortalists tells the fantastically imagined and written stories of siblings Simon, Klara, Daniel and Varya.
How will they live their lives, knowing exactly when they will die? How will they decide on what’s important in their life? What will be their life’s purposes? How far will get in completing their life purposes, especially with other events that life brings along with it.
One becomes a dancer, another becomes an illusionist, another a doctor and one a researcher of longevity.
The Immortalists is a delightful read. The first chapter in any book should captivate the reader and reel them in. However the first chapter in this book had the opposite effect.
Benjamin appeared to be trying too hard in the first chapter. She made the characters appear unrelatable.
But I implore readers to read on, as they are rewarded with a simple but genius idea, a fairly predictable plot with the odd charming twists, great description, characters that readers come to care about and a perfectly paced tremendous read.