Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

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I got a copy of this book from the publisher in the run up and to the release of the paperback version.

I was really intrigued by the concept and really enjoyed reading the book. Essentially the story of four siblings who meet a fortune teller as kids and she tells them all the dates that they will die. The book then goes on to tell the stories of each of those children’s lives. As to whether or not they die as predicted, I won’t spoil the story by telling you.

Whether they do or don’t, it is interesting reading about how the prophecies impacted their lives and relationships, and leaves you wondering whether their decisions would have been the same if they hadn’t had this prophecy? Are they trying to meet he prophecy or avoid it? What’s particularly interesting is that in an unspecified number of these sibling’s stories, it feels like they are trying to meet the prophecy and it left me really wondering what impact that information would have on a person? How would you know whether or not you believed the prophecy? Would you be more likely to believe it if you’d been told you would die young? If you believed the prophecy, how would you approach the day you were told would be your last? Absolutely fascinating.

A really interesting story, and plenty to think about after you’ve finished!

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