ARC Review: The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists Chloe Benjamin

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Drama, Magic Realism

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I picked up The Immortalists thinking it would be a magical realism story which focused on the magical side, especially since it’s classified as fantasy on Goodreads. But really, it’s focused a lot more on the realism side, with small hints of magic here and there, and a gorgeous family epic at its core.

The Immortalists is the story of the Gold family through five decades, starting at 1969, when the four Gold children visit a woman who claims to be a psychic who can tell when a person will die. Each of the four children is more affected by the knowledge of their own dates of death differently, and throw themselves at a chance to live life in their own way before the fateful day arrives.

This story is a lovely, intricate, raw tale of Simon, Klara, Daniel and Varya, telling a bit of their stories as they deal with their doubts whether their date of death is true or just charlatanism. It touches on faith, fate, belief vs. non-belief and the power of thoughts. I found each of the stories very enthralling and I was immediately immersed in them, except for Daniel’s. I also wish Klara’s part had been longer (it was the most magical and she had such an interesting personality), but apart from that, I don’t have much to complain about this novel – it was beautiful, raw and felt so real. It was truly something to see the characters grow as the years pass, and some memories staying frozen or seen through a different character’s point of view.

I hope there had been more magic in it, but that was my own fault for not reading the blurb a lot before picking this up. If you love family epics, you’ll love this story for sure.

26 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin

  1. I had a different viewpoint on this one (which is always fun.) I liked the premise of the book but gave up on it after a few chapters. Maybe, I would have finished but I had so many more ARC’s to read that I was looking forward to.

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    • It’s not worth sticking to a book you don’t like… and I totally DNF mercilessly any ARCs I don’t like hahahaha so totally understandable. But it’s always interesting to see how different tastes can be!

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    • Woo-hoo! I hope you enjoy it! 😀 And yes, it can be a little daunting to go into adult novels, a lot of them are about bills and divorces and it can be so bleak… it’s all about finding the right ones to start with 🙂

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  2. I was looking over “That Inevitable Victorian Thing”‘s premise and was thinking about getting into magical realism, and this book seems to be something I’d try and get into to break out of my usual contemporary YA groove. I read Bone Gap in 2017 and thought it was written beautifully, and I hope this is the same!

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