Review: First Life by Gena Showalter

 Eerste Leven (First Life)
Author: Gena Showalter
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Paperback, 446 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Young Adult
Release Date: March 21st, 2016
Buy links: Book depository | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Link to Goodreads
Goodreads Summary:


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…


Tenley ‘Ten‘ Lockwood’ her world consists of making choices. This is what first life is all about, because do you choose Troika or Myriad? The first life is a preparation for this, because in this life you choose which kingdom you want to spend your second life in.
Her parents have already promised her to Myriad for a lot of money, but she refuses to sign. Because she does not want to make a choice, her parents have sent her to Prynne. An institution where torture is the most common thing in the world. This way, her parents hope she signs with Myriad, but this does not seem to be as easy as plannend, because Troika also wants Ten very badly.

The story is very unique, as the characters now choose a life after death. In addition, the worlds are very beautiful. There is a good light and dark contrast to see. Troika stands for light and Myriad for darkness. This theme also comes forward in the story. Light and dark, good and bad. Who is really good and who bad?

The writing style is very pleasant as you progress in the story. In the beginning you get a lot of  information and you have to get used to it. As a result, the story can also be difficult in the beginning.
The story has been written smoothly and you know exactly what Ten thinks, which is really nice.

The book deals with different characters and they are all unique in their own way. The cynical remarks, inappropriate language and enthusiasm of the characters are very nice to read. Still, I had to get used to it.

First Life lets you experience an unique world full of choices and when you finish, it tastes like more.


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