Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

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The Immortalists is a book which talks about the sorrow which every human has to face and how everyone deals with it. The book is published in the year 2018, and this book tells the story of four children Varya who is a careful pragmatist, Daniel the moral leader, Klara the magic lover and Simon the reserved one. These four kids hear rumblings in the neighbourhood about a woman who can tell the fortune of people, and she also could tell the exact dates in which people would die. The four children become curious and decide to meet this woman to learn more about their fortune and their death date.

The four kids set out on a journey to find this woman, and when they eventually find out where she is, they go and meet her individually in a small room. Now you wouldn’t be told what they death date is going to be but as you continue to read you will come to know when each of them will meet their death. All this happens at the very beginning of the book, and the remaining of the book is dedicated to following the four children through decades, and as these death dates get closer and finally comes, you will get to know if the woman was actually right.

Haze in the Synopsis:

When you read the synopsis of the book, it brings out a hint of magical reality, and you tend to think that there is something supernatural about this story. But once you read the book, you will understand that that is not the case in this novel. The Immortalists is straight literary fiction, you cannot say that the book lacks paranormal activities, but this book is a classic haze of publisher covering up a book to be something that it is not to make it appear fancy. Many readers might get disappointed by this as they get misled into thinking that this is a magical reality book.


The author tries to ask questions such as by knowing the future of your life; will you alter the behaviour of your present? and should we know the information of our death dates and what would that knowledge do to us; will it have the capacity to save us or kill us while we are still living. The author makes her readers think about all these things, and all of these questions are quite deep.

You cannot expect too much mystery in the story. As you read the book, you will kind of predict what is going to happen and not many readers would like to know what exactly is going to happen before they finish reading the book. But the characters of the book are amazing, and as you get to know about them and the journey, they take you will understand the message that author is trying to tell you.

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