Hey guys! You’ll never guess where I am right now… Monaco! I’m on a business trip with my dad and it’s been amazing. I’m finally recovering from the 18 hours of traveling that it took to get here. I actually read almost all of this book in one plane ride! I was only planning to start it, but it was really good, and you guys know how that goes.
The Immortalists tells the story of four siblings, the Golds. In 1969 the four kids sneak out of their house to visit a fortune teller who people say can tell you the day you’ll die. All four leave a little bit changed, their futures looking a little clearer. The story is told one child at a time, and they weave together effortlessly, creating a beautiful, heartbreaking story of love and loss.
Simon, the youngest child, had my favorite story. Set in San Francisco in the eighties, this story really told the story of a whole community, a vibrant, colorful description of the San Franciso scene. The supporting characters in this section are excellent, memorable and fully fleshed out. Simon’s voice comes through really clearly, and our hearts are with him as he runs away from home, starts working in a club, and then becomes a ballet dancer. Simon’s story of finding himself is one that still rings true for teens today, and it was both beautiful and heartbreaking.
I think my favorite aspect of this book was its ability to tie the stories all together. It is set over the course of over fifty years, and is told through four different characters. With this kind of sectioning of the story it would be very easy to have a disjointed narrative, but instead it gives a more complete view of the lives. We really feel connected to this family as we watch it through the years, through all the love and the heartbreak it must endure.
The characters of this story truly had depth and dimension. The siblings were all extremely well-developed, with multi-faceted personalities. I believe the mark of a truly well-developed character is when they feel like a person you know, not just a trope or stereotype. These types of characters are hard to find, and this novel was full of them.
This novel also tackled some very difficult topics; AIDS, the war in Iraq, the Holocaust, racism, and mental illness, and it did it all thoughtfully. It examined the topics from different angles and approached them with the level of gravity and respect they deserved.
Overall, I found this to be a thought-provoking and beautifully written book. I loved the characters in it and the way that they matured and grew throughout the novel. For fans of literary fiction, this is a great choice. You can get it here The Immortalists
Final rating- 4.5/5
Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂