ARC: Suicide Club by Rachel Heng – review

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I would like to thank Hodder & Stoughton and Rachel Heng for sending me this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Expected publication: July 26th, 2018 by Sceptre

In this debut set in near future NYC—where lives last 300 years and the pursuit of immortality is all-consuming—Lea must choose between her estranged father and her chance to live forever.

Lea Kirino is a “Lifer,” which means that a roll of the genetic dice has given her the potential to live forever—if she does everything right. And Lea is an overachiever. She’s a successful trader on the New York exchange—where instead of stocks, human organs are now bought and sold—she has a beautiful apartment, and a fiancé who rivals her in genetic perfection. And with the right balance of HealthTech™, rigorous juicing, and low-impact exercise, she might never die.

But Lea’s perfect life is turned upside down when she spots her estranged father on a crowded sidewalk. His return marks the beginning of her downfall as she is drawn into his mysterious world of the Suicide Club, a network of powerful individuals and rebels who reject society’s pursuit of immortality, and instead chose to live—and die—on their own terms. In this future world, death is not only taboo; it’s also highly illegal. Soon Lea is forced to choose between a sanitized immortal existence and a short, bittersweet time with a man she has never really known, but who is the only family she has left in the world.

Suicide Club didn’t offer many positives for me other than I really liked the concept of the dystopian world. People obsessed with living “forever”, abiding by certain rules such as what food they can or can not eat, particular workouts, and of course, obtaining as many body enhancements as they can. Dying has pretty much become a crime.

This made me think about how we are so consumed with trying to live a particular lifestyle in the hopes that we can remain young and beautiful. I enjoyed the darkness of it – I certainly would not want to live forever and would not want to lose that control over my life.

There was a good amount of POC characters in the story, such as our main character Lea.

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Unfortunately, I found the story was dreadfully slow paced. At one point I thought I might DNF, though I persisted and managed to finish it. Though I like the world building, I found it so painfully repetitive, talking about details I already knew, I desperately wanted the story to move forward. Which it barely did.

This book was not as action based as I thought. The main conflict is based on two groups of people – the Suicide Club and sub-100’s. Sub-100’s will live a normal life, unlike “lifers” so they will eventually die. Their lives are average and treated as such. The Suicide Group mainly lifers, want to take back the control of their lives; being able to decide when they want to die.

It was mainly all talk and no play. When I thought the conflict would finally kick off, nothing. Dullville; it was a massive letdown.

I couldn’t stand the main character, Lea. There were times where I thought she might become interesting, but I can only describe her as a monster. She was boring and dull. I prefer the secondary character Anja, who was interesting with slightly more depth to her.

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Overall this book was massively disappointing. If you don’t mind a slow paced story,unlikeable main character with barely any action – then this book is for you!

2/5

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