Review: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Posted July 29, 2016 by Tiffani @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: Firstlife by Gena ShowalterFirstlife (Everlife, #1) by Gena Showalter
Published by Harlequin Teen on February 23rd 2016
Pages: 467
Format: Hardcover
Source: Own
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Also by this author: Alice in Zombieland, Through the Zombie Gass

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen 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 home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…


I’m a little torn on my feelings for this book, in all honesty. I liked it A LOT, but I definitely can’t say I loved it. The plot was one-of-a-kind and super fast-paced, while still leaving the reader hanging from their emotions. As you read, you begin to either favor Troika (Light) or Myriad (Dark), and likewise, Archer or Killian, respectively. The two Secondlife realms are revealed in more detail throughout the novel.

The premise of this book was about Ten, who is OBSESSED with numbers. A little on the crazy side about them, actually. Her parents have sent her to Prynne Asylum because she refuses to choose where she’ll go after she dies, and her parents are trying to force her so she won’t end up in Many Ends, a type of hell. Prynne Asylum is no joke-think American Horror Story: Asylum. Though Ten’s parents have pledged to sign with Myriad, that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s who Ten has to sign with. She’s such a badass, too, for someone who’s a waif of a girl. She can kill like no other.

Archer and Killian fight to save Ten’s life throughout the novel, and fight to win her over to their sides. Each realm has recruiters and the realms are in a war. I admire that the author didn’t put Ten in a love triangle; Archer isn’t romantically interested in Ten and just wants to sign her with Troika. This book has such a cool sci-fi feel, in my opinion. My only reservation was that it took a while for this book to pick up and get intense, for me personally. After that point, though, there was no going back!

You’ll have to read it to find out where Ten ends up!

Which realm would you choose??

I’m Team Myriad, and Team Killian, for sure!



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I love anime, Halloween, makeup, my cat Dexter, and strange music. Currently a Barnes & Noble barista.

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