I expected more from The Immortalists. Despite a solid effort, it did not deliver.
Told from four different viewpoints, the lives of the Gold family unfold after the four children meet with a fortune teller who predicts each of their dates of death. The youngest, Simon, flees to San Francisco with his sister Klara and finds his true self in the Castro. Klara takes over for the second quarter of the book and relays her trip to stardom as a magician. Then, the eldest brother, Daniel tells his part. Finally, Varya, the oldest sister, shares her portion of the Gold family story.
The author sort of ties things up but it’s rather awkward and inconsistent. I struggled to connect with the characters and, frankly, found them irritating. Simon was the most enjoyable to read, though I feel his story is the saddest of the lot.
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The Verdict on The Immortalists
As I said, it SHOULD have been great. Sadly, awkward time jumps and one ridiculous twist derailed the whole story for me. It’s not a terrible read but it does not live up to the hype at all.