- Age Range: 12 - 17 years
- Grade Level: 7 - 12
- Lexile Measure: 610 (What's this?)
- Series: An Everlife Novel
- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Teen (February 23, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373211570
- ISBN-13: 978-0373211579
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.5 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
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Gr 9 Up—A creative mash-up of dystopian science fiction and otherworldly fantasy. In Tenley "Ten" Lockwood's world, everyone has a First Life, which sets the stage for a Second Life after their first death. There are two main realms one can go to during Second Life: Myriad, a place of indulgence and bliss; or Troika, a place of structure and justice. The divisive factions bring to mind the Peloponnesian War, in which the immoderate Athenians clash with the battle-hardened Spartans. Similarly, Myriad and Troika engage in an epic melee for the souls currently in their First Life. Those who do not choose sides, the Unsigned, are trapped in the Many Ends, a place of constant pain and punishment. Ten currently resides in Prynne Asylum, retained there by her parents since she refuses to choose sides. Friends-turned-foes and recruiters for the Second Lives Killian (Myriad) and Archer (Troika) both come back to the First Life to recruit Ten. Ten is a precious commodity because she is the fusion of multiple spirits and therefore very powerful. As the inmates escape the asylum, Ten undergoes numerous trials and tribulations. Still, she refuses to sign with a specific side. When Ten finally, and unexpectedly, meets with her first death, she ends up in the place she least expects. While the contentious sides of the underworld are interesting, too many convoluted details bog down the narrative. VERDICT An additional purchase for larger YA collections.—Amanda C. Buschmann, Atascocita Middle School, Humble, TX
"Utterly unique and absolutely riveting-I couldn't put it down! What a marvelously cool world." -New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas
"Firstlife is a nonstop thrill ride that will stop your heart...and shock it back to life. This book is #1 on my keeper shelf!" -#1 New York Times bestselling author P. C. Cast
"Firstlife illuminates the depths of human resilience and the power of love, even in the darkest hours." -Kresley Cole, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Arcana Chronicles
"I couldn't stop rooting for Ten, an unforgettable and powerful heroine who is obsessed with numbers, creates the coolest reverse poems, and fascinates the baddest bad boy Showalter has ever written." -#1 New York Times bestselling author Kristin Cast
"Raw, edgy and dark-Firstlife weaves intricate threads of intrigue, adventure and romance that will leave you craving more." -Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet series
"Firstlife delves into the power of a single decision-and the consequences that come with it. Every word grabs hold of your heart and leaves you breathless. Don't miss this incredible journey!" -New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire
"Showalter creates a vividly unique and edgy new world in Firstlife with characters who won't easily be forgotten." -Katie McGarry, critically acclaimed author of Nowhere but Here and Pushing the Limits
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Top customer reviews
The main character, Ten, sounded much like a broken record for the majority of the book, constantly reminding you that she didn't want to choose a side (Troika or Myriad), but she was still fairly relatable and her repetitiveness was not totally unwarranted--it was, afterall, a decision about her afterlife and overall fate.
The other characters, while at first seeming cheesy and run of the mill, grew a lot throughout the book and I think they all became very lovable and easy to get attached to (and thank goodness, there was no love triangle!).
Gena Showalter did an excellent job of not making this an average, commonplace YA novel, and I'm sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the second book after the way she ended Firstlife--it was honestly very surprising and I can't wait to find out what Ten does next!