Book Review: Firstlife

Firstlife by Gena Showalter

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Author:  Gena Showalter
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Series: Everlife
Genre: YA fiction/Fantasy/Dystopia
Pages: 480
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: I’ve been locked inside the Prynne Asulum-where happiness comes to die-for three hundred and seventy-eight days.

Blurb from Goodreads:
Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

Cover: This cover is so amazing. I love the hourglass as the thought of time running out. And then the two worlds Myriad and Troika. It’s so simple but it is everything you need to know what the story is going to be about. I love a cover that tells the story itself.

Review The beginning was a little slow going, but being the first novel in a series, there is world building to be done. So, we learn a lot about Tenly and the world that she lives in. We dive into the torture that she has undergone and are prepared for what is to come.

When things start to pick up, I felt like I was Ten, and torn between the two afterlife realms. I mean, Myriad sounds great at first, offering Ten the world. Troika is just offering fairness. But to be honest, I think Ten knew from the beginning what realm she would choose.

Then we learn of Many Ends. The place of the unsigned. A place that no one is certain if it exist or just another scare tactic.

The ending now, was amazing. I couldn’t stop thinking about this book while I was reading, but the ending was almost unbearable to break away from. There was so much happening and so much heartbreak in such a short amount of time. I may have actually shed a tear or two..for real…I cried.

The only real complaint I have is that I should have waited a year to read this book, because now I have to wait a year to find out what happens next.

My favorite character was probably Archer. He was just so chill through the whole book, but it’s part of the Troika mentality. They value life and they don’t take revenge. Archer was the true definition of Troika.

One thing that I loved about this book is that there was no love triangle between Tenly, Archer, and Killian. Ten never struggled between loving two boys, she struggled with choosing her future and that is something that I can completely relate to.

I have always struggled with what I wanted to do in my life, always being pulled several different ways and I guess, that is how I can relate to Ten. She has two choices set in front of her and she fears picking the wrong one. While I feel like her heart has always called her to Troika, her mind and her family have always pushed her to Myriad. And being a teenager, maybe she fears that picking Troika would just be part of her teenage rebellion faze and she will regret it as she gets older. But she feels like choosing Myriad isn’t her choice, but the choice of her family.

I have seen several people complain about Ten not making a decision, and I agree that it can get annoying, but having the time to sit back and really think about the book, we have all had this moment in our own lives. We have all struggled over a decision, we have struggled over the battle of heart and mind. Ten’s situation does not allow for her to properly weigh her choices, she isn’t give the freedom to debate over her choices, which is why we have this book and Ten’s struggle to choose what she wants in her future.

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