Everlife #1 Førstelivet
Series: Everlife #1
Author: Gena Showalter
Published in English: 2016
Dansk titel: Førstelivet
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2017
Forlag: HarperCollins Nordic
Finished Reading: April 2020
Genre: YA & Fantasy
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
I’ve been told history is written by survivors. But I know that isn’t always true. My name is Tenley Lockwood, and very soon, I’ll be dead. This is my story—but the end is only the beginning.
Tenley “Ten” Lockwood has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. She’s earned her rep as the craziest of crazies, but that doesn’t stop the torture. Ten can leave, but only if she allows her parents to 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 boy she’s falling for and the realm she wants to support. Who will she choose? Can she stay alive long enough to make a decision?
I can honestly say that the only good thing about this book is the cover. I’ve looked at the book multiple times and been tempted to start the series a million times, something always held me back though. Whom am I kidding; I know what held me back. The beginning of the book did!
I hated Tenley so freaking much. Never have I ever had such a whiny main character, she is childish and simply unbearable to follow around. Worse than her though, is the writing, which is extremely messy and setting of the story, made this almost unreadable. If I would have had aby chance of liking this book, I should have read it when I was a young teenager; maybe even then I would have found it too childish I don’t know.
In a way, I thought that this would be one of my favorite books ever. The idea was great, and the idea of two places you can go, that both stand for something different, had me thrown back to my days when I was reading Divergent. However, as usual, the execution felt flat. The one thing I hate more than everything, is when one little girl, whom sucks by the way, ends up the savior of the world. In this, case the Afterlife. The next worst thing you can do in a young adult, and where multiple has failed, is when you add a love triangle. Two boys would do nearly everything for her, but like so many other heroines, she won’t choose. All these freaking cool ideas the author had, turns into this madness.
The world building aspect of the book was filled with plot holes and questions that needed an answer, that were nowhere to be found.
I’m sad and disappointed.