By Gena Showalter
YA F SHOWALTER
Place a hold.
The life that Tenley is living now – her firstlife – is fleeting and largely meaningless. Her real life – her everlife – will begin after she dies. But first, she must decide where she wants to spend eternity. There are two factions of the everlife, Myriad and Troika, warring with one another. Every person must pledge loyalty to one or the other during firstlife in order to gain entry at the time of one’s death. For some, the choice is easy; they choose to follow their family or other loved ones. For Tenley, the choice is more complicated than that and her indecisiveness has landed her in Prynne Asylum, an institution to “help” teens choose their everlife.
Both Myriad and Troika want Tenley. She is visited by Laborers from both factions who will do anything to win her over to their side. There are promises. There are threats. There are those who would rather see her dead than join the other side. And, if she dies before pledging to a faction, she will end up in Many Ends, a hellish eternity full of monstrous creatures and torturous ordeals. Will she make a decision before it’s too late? More importantly, will it be the right decision?
Firstlife is fast-paced, thrilling, and fun with elements of adventure and romance and a whole lot of sarcastic banter. Tenley’s character is easy to relate to despite her futuristic surroundings and fantastic situation. At the heart of the story, she’s a teenager trying to distinguish her needs and desires from those of her parents. She’s trying to become her authentic self in a world that would rather tell her who she is than let her discover that for herself.
Keep your eyes peeled for the second book in the series, Lifeblood, scheduled to be released in February of 2017!