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Monday, 11 June 2018

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About Suicide Club 

They leave us no choice.

What are you doing to help yourself? What are you doing to show that you're worth the resources?

In a near-future world, medical technology has progressed far enough that immortality is now within grasp - but only to those who show themselves to be deserving of it. These people are the lifers: the exercisers, yogacisers, green juicers and early nighters.

Genetically perfect, healthy and wholesome, one hundred-year-old Lea is the poster girl for lifers, until the day she catches a glimpse of her father in the street, eighty-eight years after their last encounter. While pursuing him, Lea has a brush with death which sparks suspicions. If Lea could be so careless, is she worthy of immortality?

Suicide Club wasn't always an activist group. It began as a set of disillusioned lifers, gathering to indulge in forbidden activities: performances of live music, artery-clogging meals, irresponsible orgies. But now they have been branded terrorists and are hunted by the state.

And Lea has decided to give them a call.

My review of Suicide Club 

Suicide Club was such an emotive and thought provoking read. I sat in silence after reading the final page trying to fully absorb what had happened. This literary dystopian story makes you think about the choices you make in life, as well as making you question what life is all about. It really is a riveting read.

This really is a captivating read with two strong women of co!our  protagonists. Both of them Lifers.  Lea does supposedly have it all, but her life is far from perfect, and it begins a downwards spiral on the day she very nearly gets killed. Lea, intrigued me and I completely empathised with her and the dilemma that she faced. Circumstances lead her to form a friendship with Anja, and I liked how the novel dealt with female friendship and the issues of caring for elderly parents. These passages I found to be highly emotional, while raising many ethical and human concerns.

I loved the slow pace of this book. It made me savour every word and drew me fully into the heart of he story. It's deliberately slow, dark, and menacing and once I started to read, I could not stop. What we read about is a dark, clinical world. I was quickly sucked into this story and wanted to know everything about this future world. A world so very different from our own, yet  completely  believable.

Suicide Club raises many philosophical questions regarding mortality, morality and quality of life. The ultimate question being that of, would you want to live forever? and at what cost? The Lifers seem to have it all. They are healthy, beautiful, radiant and apparently living the perfect life. But, are they happy?

This is such a clever read and such an ambitious book in terms of the questions that it raises. Will medical intervention go too far? Where should the line be drawn? This book raises the importance that society places upon beauty, youth and perfection. Why are those who are beautiful  perceived to be more powerful and important?

Suicide Club is a thought provoking read about the pitfalls of believing that we really can have it all. It's a story about learning to love and what it really means to let go. Such a beautiful book.

With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.

Suicide Club is published by Sceptre on 10th July.

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