Saturday, February 27, 2016

Firstlife by Gena Showalter ~ Review

Source:  Picked this up at ALA.




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…

At first, I thought I would like this one.  But it ended up not being the case.  

I didn't think much of Ten.  The whole set-up for her not accepting her parents choice for her afterlife didn't make sense to me.  I feel like if you're going to accept an asylum because of your choice, you better have some pretty good reasons for it.  I never felt like she had any such thing.  And then the two fighting over her?  And I do mean fighting over her.  Pretty much just annoying.  The whole premise has promise but there just wasn't a good reason for it.   

So this world believes that your first life is just the dress rehearsal for the real life that you will have after you die.  But you must pick which side you will be on before you die.  I never really understood why you had to choose in this life and not the next.  It was too contrived for me. 

Myriad and Troika have different beliefs and that's all well and good.  But why they hate each other so much is beyond me.  The war they have going on doesn't seem to have to real reason except a numbers game.  I wasn't buying it.  Perhaps more information will be made known in the next book but I won't be along for the ride. 

It did have that religious arguing vibe.  Someone was always trying to convince you one way of another.  I avoid religious conversations since people just don't agree.  Why would I want to listen to characters argue over it?  Neither side seemed to be the good guys since both stooped to pretty low levels to entice those who were uncommitted.   I'm reduced to just not caring.

And long.  This book is long.  Every time I put it down, I just didn't want to pick it back up.  That's not what a book should be like.  When I enjoy a book, not only do I not want to put it down but I can't wait to carve out time to pick it back up.  Even the hot boy in this one didn't motivate me.  While I was interested in Killian, I didn't get him.  He seems to fall for Ten quickly and he's desperate to convince her to his side.  But if you love someone, you want the best for them.  

I was surprised to not enjoy the writing.  I've read this author before and loved it.  But this one felt too scattered.  Maybe it was done on purpose for effect but I didn't enjoy it. 

Considering my strong paranormal mood, I was really surprised I just didn't enjoy this one. Of course, others feel different.  See below.


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