I just finished The Immortalists, and it was lovely. A book has at least three stars for me if it makes me think at the end. This book, written in third person, is split up into four different sections, one for each sibling: Simon, Klara, Daniel, and Varya.
As children in New York, they go together to see a traveling fortune teller who tells them the days they will each die. It's an incredibly impactful event for them as children and shapes the rest of their decisions in life.
It's a bit of a sad book and feels rushed at times, but I think it's a beautiful look at how we should live our lives, even though we all know we are going to die. It's also an enjoyable meditation on family—specifically with siblings—and how choices affect their relationships.
This book made me long for those relationships and appreciate the ones I do have. It's a reminder to take an extra beat to reflect on the small things in life—the smell of your sister's hair or the way your brother's arms feel when he pulls you in for a hug.
Read this book if you like a little bit of everything—mystery, crime, romance—in one package.
Don't read if you prefer not to feel a bit melancholy at the end of a book.
Four out of five stars.