Firstlife by Gena Showalter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Tenley has spent the last thirteen months in the Prynne Asylum. She isn’t crazy. She just won’t let her parents decide which realm she will live in after she dies. Firstlife is practice and everyone knows that Everlife is where decisions are made. The two realms in power, Troika and Myriad, both want Tenley on their side and have sent recruiters after her in the hopes of convincing her to join their side. It doesn’t take long for Tenley to be on the run, and as she tries to save herself and those around her, she must constantly reevaluate who she can trust. What will her decision be? Will she follow her heart or her brain?
Firstlife is the first book in the Everlife series. The story includes correspondences that give the reader insight into some of the backroom activities of many of the characters. The hidden agendas and secret actions bring to light the depth of deceptions that Tenley can only suspect. Showalter has created a cast of characters that are easy to understand and her world building was creative and complete. The action will constantly rock the reader as they follow each deception and revelation in the story. Although Tenley finally does decide which realm she will side with, readers must wait for the next book in order to discover the answers to most of the questions that are thrown at the them.
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