BOOK REVIEW: Firstlife by Gena Showalter
Gena Showalter’s world-building in ‘Firstlife‘ is exquisite. Two sides of the afterlife, or Secondlife, light and dark warring with each other for control. Showalter succeeded in cementing the traits of each side, making them both outwardly appealing to the reader at first.
‘Firstlife’ is the story of Ten, a young girl who refuses to be forced to make her choice for Secondlife for other people. The grandeur of her parents lives in Secondlife depend entirely on Ten choosing Myriad and her father has no reservations about hurting Ten to get it.
Ten is imprisoned and tortured but steadfastly refuses to budge. Each side sends her an ML disguised in shells who try to befriend her in the compound and help her escape.
This book is about Ten’s journey to finding her place and choosing a side. It’s a dark, gritty and unforgiving narrative which shines a light on some of the worst people society can offer; those who would throw anyone under the bus, even their own daughter, if it means getting their way.
I’ve rated this book a 3 star because I plan to read the next instalment purely for the world building.
Firstlife, by Gena Showalter
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fantasy
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