**This is a SPOILER FREE review**
I was very kindly sent an eARC of this book, via NetGalley, by the publishers, but my opinions are, as always, my own.
**Trigger Warning: Suicide, Self-Harm (for the book, not this review)**
Suicide Club is a sci-fi novel, set in a near future version of our world in which people with certain genetic makeup have the ability to extend their lives through medical procedures. These people get everything from SmartBlood to skin replacements, and avoid anything that is cortisol increasing, meaning it potentially could reduce their life expectancy, such as jogging or hiking. We follow Lea, a high-achiever, who believes she could be among the first participants of the Third Wave of treatments, one of the immortals, until she spots her estranged father on the street one day.
The premise of the novel is very much grounded in science, and medicine, and you can defiantly feel that thought the book. I don’t know what background the author has, weather she was just extremely well researched, or had help from someone with a medical background, or even had such a background herself, but it made the premise feel very authentic. Steaming from our fascination with plastic surgery, and desire to lead long, healthy lives, it’s a sci-fi world that doesn’t feel all that far from our own, which makes it all the more intriguing.
The plot itself moves along at a pretty steady pace. This is not an action book, but it’s also not trying to be. In my opinion Suicide Club, is trying to show us that anything taken to the extreme can be dangerous, or at the very least a bad idea, and that sometimes you have to look backwards before to keep moving forward, which is a lesson we can all think about. That is not to say that this is a slice-of-life book, because the plot is contently moving, but there is a strong focus on the characters and their turmoil, wether interior or exterior, rather than the world around them.
In regards to the characters our primary protagonist, Lea, was a nicely rounded character. We also have another semi-protagonist, Anja, who isn’t given nearly as much time to develop as Lea, but is still a very well written character. I think it would have been neater if Lea and Anja could have had an equal amount of time spent of them, but it doesn’t impact the way I feel about either of them, and it would have changed the story all that much. However, the side-characters did suffer base of this emphasis on the protagonists, from Lea’s fiancé Todd to Branko, to Jiang, they did tend toward feeling more like caricatures than real people.
While this is not usually something I enjoy in my books, I would like to argue that there was a benefit to this choice, if it was a choice. The caricatures make the characters, i.e. Lea, Anja, and Lea’s father, seem more real in comparison, more awake, if you will. Why does it matter than they are awake? Because at it’s core this is a story about certain people opening their eyes to what is going on around them, and maybe realising that living forever is not all it’s cracked up to me. This awareness sharpens them against characters who are oblivious, who are sleep-walking through an almost-dystopian regime.
Suicide Club is released on July 10th, and I would recommend you pick up a copy!
Are you, or have you read Suicide Club? If not, then what is a recent sci-fi read that you’ve enjoyed? Leave your answers down below!
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