New York, end of the sixties. The four Gold siblings, as a game, to show their courage, decide to visit a sensitive able to tell when a person will die.
From this point of the novel, on, we will follow singularly the lives of Simon, Klara, Daniel and Varya, in a sort of passing the baton game.
The four of them start completely different paths, and this allows the author to describe different lifestyles and historical events: the AIDS, the life as con artists, USA post 9/11, the animal used in research, OCD syndrome.
The theme that connects all the stories, and that is the backbone of the whole novel, is the opposition between destiny and free will: the Gold’s lives would have been different if they did not visit the sensitive? With respect to this thematic, the most interesting story is Klara’s the one who wants to be more powerful than destiny, her being always balance between reality and illusion.
The immortalist is a nice novel, in which some episodes are way better than the other ones because they are more focused on the main theme and not “distracted” by other events.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.
* The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin ★★★☆☆
*I read this book in english