by Rachel Heng
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (July 10, 2018)
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Genre: Scifi | Dystopian
Print Length: 352 pages
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 by Rachel Heng
Of course we all want to live as long as we can, being as healthy as we can and able to enjoy our time on Earth. What if science and medicine in the future could extend your life for hundreds of years? Would it be worth losing your soul, your privacy and your individuality in the quest to live longer? Are you really living if “defective” body parts can be replaced, you need constant “tweaking” and even the thought of breaking a sweat could be “damaging?”
What if you decided you wanted to end your life, on your terms, and it isn’t allowed? Rachel Heng’s SUICIDE CLUB is a dark and gritty tale of a dystopian future world where genetic perfection is the ideal, but the loss of freedom of choice is brutal, because one never knows who is watching, who might hear and who may turn you in as imperfect.
Lea will have to choose between merely existing, potentially forever or learning how to experience life with all of its warts, darkness and real joys. Will she choose life on her own terms or will she become a sheep in the masses?
Emotionally dark and heavy, sometimes dragging along, I have to say, it was the ending that made the book for me! It was beautiful.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Henry Holt & Co.