Hello my fellow readers,
So I recently visited my mother in Georgia and on the plane over I read the book Firstlife by Gina Showalter.
Since it has been awhile from my last post I thought it might be a good idea to give some thoughts. The book is about the life you live now is just a Firstlife and during it you make a choice as to where to spend your Everlife: Troika or Myriad. Think of them being different like Mother Teresa and Scarlett Johansson. If you don’t make a decision before your death and are unsigned you go to the Realm of Many Ends, a nasty place of bad things. In the book we follow Ten, an unsigned seventeen year old girl who has spent the last year and change imprisoned in an asylum subjected to all forms of torture and persuasion at the request of her parents, whom hope to make her choose their way. These two “afterlife” realms are at war and both want Ten, she is something special to them both and could sway the war in either direction.
Just a quick side note- that’s a pretty interesting idea. Showalter has taken the idea of Heaven and Hell and put it into terms that not only religious people can understand but those who don’t believe in religion. Who doesn’t want something after this life? And if you had the choice? Would you choose to be with family or go your own way? Showalter gives a reader a lot to consider.
I found both Troika and Myriad have their pros and cons and Showalter did a good job of showing the reader throughout the book. I enjoyed the little tidbits of communication from Ten’s Laborers, which are like recruiters for each realm. Killian and Archer had me at odds who would win Ten over. Especially due to Archer’s womanly aspects in the beginning. That was a nice twist. I did find myself surprised at some of the aspects and people for both realms and I myself had a hard time choosing. Of course, Ten is indecisive and it does slow the book down a little but I didn’t think it took too much away from the story.
Show alter is a pretty new writer and as one there are bound to be some awkward wordage. Overall, I found it an easy read and flew through the story. Her characters were funny and relatable as well as smoking hot (hem Killian…er Archer) and by the end I was left wanting to know more. In my opinion, that’s a mark of a good storyteller. I am excited for to see what comes next in Lifeblood.
“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” — Jorge Luis Borges
Let me know your thoughts on the Firstlife.
Til next time!