Author: Gena Showalter
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult,
Number of pages:
Time it took me to read: 10 Days
NO SECOND CHANCE.
Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.
There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.
In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…
Firstlife is an interesting read once you get past the first few chapters, however, it is clear by the Goodreads reviews that it is not a book for everyone. I will explain that a bit more later. Before I get into that, I am going to explain why I liked it and why I gave it 3.5 stars.
Why I liked it:
Firstlife is a little tricky to understand. It’s the life before your eternal life, so basically a staging area that you grow up in until you decide what side you want to be on in your afterlife. Confusing? Yes, it was a bit confusing until they got into the action and why Ten is so damn important. For me it was when the action started that made everything a bit more clear.
Why I gave it 3.5 stars:
- There is a lot of information dump. It’s a first book and the world is a bit confusing so I can see why the author felt the need to do so. However, I realized that I needed all that information dump towards the end and it came in handy while deciding what side I really wanted her to choose.
- It is a first book in a new series and the world building and characters are set up mostly in this book. This setup is either a hit or miss with me because I have to decide if I want to put so much time into a series. So far I am seeing it as worth my time and enjoyed the ending of this book. I am eager to pick up the next book so the author did a great job in my eyes.
- It still is not as clear to me why Ten had such a hard time picking sides. I think I came up with my own idea from the author’s writing but still not too sure if that is what is meant. Again, this being a setup novel for the series that could be something that will be explained later.
So why do I think this is not a novel for everyone?
- Work. Work. Work. Some readers do not like to work as hard at starting a new novel. Like I said it can be a hit or miss for me.
- There is a love triangle. This troupe has been done to death and some people are just sick of it or the romance all together. However, let me just say something about that. If you read a book synopsis that says there is going to be romance and you then complain about said romance…. what were you expecting? Dumping on an author simply because YOU didn’t like the romance is not fair in my opinion.
- Ten, the MC, is “special”. Some readers have a problem with this troupe. Again, it’s overdone and the author has to really work hard to get it right. Bet let’s be honest here folks, if she wasn’t special then there would be no plot. If Harry Potter wasn’t special then he wouldn’t have been “the boy who lived”. Here I think some people just need to move on if they don’t like this. I mean, you can gleam that this is the case with this read by the synopsis.
Overall, I liked Firstlife and will be picking up the second and hopefully the third book in this series. I do recommend this to anyone who doesn’t have problems with the things I mentioned above and to those who are interested in a new world with romance and a “special” main character.
Find out more about the book and Gena Showalter here