Firstlife : Everlife

  • by Gena Showalter
  • Narrated by Emma Galvin, Zachary Webber
  • Series: Everlife
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Firstlife, an Everlife Novel
One choice.
Two realms.
No second chance.
Tenley "Ten" Lockwood is an average 17-year-old girl...who has spent the past 13 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 where the boy she's falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision.

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Would have been a Five-Star Read...

Don't listen/read this title for the romance. I wasn't too impressed with the love interest Cilian. And one of his lines: "Challenge accepted" just reminded me of a character (from a TV show) who has a horrible record for treating women badly. In any case, I don't find the romance that enticing.

What really got me going was the other characters. I thought that Ten was commendable for staying true to herself regardless of the costs. She is not a girl whose happiness is solely dependent on her man. And I admire her for it. Snarky and witty but still having compassion regardless of what was thrown at her. Despite the fantasy/sci fi genre of the books, I'm sure a lot of people would relate to her.

Her interactions with her friends, particularly Bow/Archer and Sloane are the highlights of the book. And I feel that the book would have been better with more of it.

So long story short: I think the romance part of the book was a let down. But the book makes up for it with the concept of Everlife and with the likeability of characters such as Ten, Bow/Archer, and Archer's direct superior (he may be some sort of general but he has a great sense of humor)
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- Natalie C

I thought I was going to love this

This book had an amazing the beginning. I liked the characters, I LOVED the premise, but the further it went the further it fell.

I will admit I'm probably not this book's intended audience. I'm 25, and a pretty voracious reader of heavy books. However, I really feel like this great writer fell into the same trap so many other young adult authors fall into.

1) a heroine who falls a totally inappropriate, deeply questionable guy.

2) she then ignores all the good advice she was given because she wants to "make her own choices" at the extreme expense of others.

3) she is commended for this decision and saves the world

Adults do not act this way. Since the character isn't an adult, it's highly realistic. However, I don't love that this continues to be modeled for teenagers.

The premise was so, so good that I gave it four stars anyway, but this book could have been badass. I recommended it so highly based on the first 50 pages that I actually had to go around to my friends retracting my recommendation (or, at least, footnoting it) based on the gag-worthy love triangle BS.

Not to put too fine a point on it. I may still try the sequel with the home the character will grow up and stop annoying me.
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- Anna Allison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-23-2016
  • Publisher: Harlequin Audio