Review: Firstlife

Firstlife (Everlife, #1)Firstlife by Gena Showalter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5/5 stars.

The beginning of this book was baaaaaaaad. God awful. I almost DNF at 10%.

We are thrust into this world with terrible orientation. For know reason, besides poor writing. Basically, it’s set in a dystopian world– but there’s many fantasy elements, like ‘angels’ and mystical lands etc. That’s actually awesome. I found the further I listened, the more interesting the world became. If you’ve got the resilience, stick around. It’s worth it once you understand the dystopian’s world.

However, if you HATE tropes, most importantly: LOVE TRIANGLES, then stay the hell away from this book. I’m a simple minded girl. If there’s a romance, there’s a chance I’ll read it. Love triangles usually don’t bother me, especially when they’re super obvious who’s endgame– but for one of the first times ever (besides when I read The Selection), I couldn’t stand the love triangle. But if you like not knowing who the girl may end up with– go for it.

The main protag is fine. Just like any other dystopian teen girl. The two love interests are practically identical, except one’s an angel and the other’s the devil, *cough, cough* Fallen.

A great feature in this book is how well plot and characters develop. It may have been a poor start;
but once you reach the middle, it just gets better and better.

Additionally, the book hooks you into investing which Everlife the protag will choose. I felt like I couldn’t predict her choice, which was one of the best features of the book.

Which would she pick– the light or the dark?

Basically, one Everlife is the socialist, egalitarian afterlife. Then the other, the “dark”, are the biggest capitalist afterlife society ever. I could never pick Meriad (disclaimer: I listened via audiobook, so spelling may not be accurate, I apologise).

Interesting themes:
– mortality
– parental expectations
– political alliance: left or right wing
– equality or a chance for luxury
– whether a teen (particularly girls) should determine around the age of 17, whether to follow their values or follow their partner’s choices
– faithfulness (spiritually, sexually etc)
– rape

The list goes on…

In respect to how the author wrote, their style was beautiful. I said earlier that Gena Showalter and her writing team poorly introduced us to this world, but the phrasing was fabulous. There’s too many quotes to choose to share to you.


I’m tempted to give this book 4/5 stars; but that beginning really did suck. Although this book is outstanding: I am DYING to know what happens. I’m heavily invested in these characters.

❤ I can’t wait to read the sequel, Lifeblood!!! ❤ This book made me excited about reading again. NO MORE BOOK SLUMP ❤

View all my reviews


Author: Cal's Reading Corner

HSIE teacher from Sydney, Australia.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: