If you are told the day of your death how would you live your life? The Gold children sneak out to visit a psychic who they’ve heard can tell when you will die. The prophesy dictates the direction of their lives for the next 5 decades. Simon escapes to the West Coast, Clara becomes a magician, Daniel works as an army doctor and Varya throws herself into longevity research. Will the prophesy of the psychic come true? How will the prediction influence their lives?
This is not my usual type of book. I had heard about it when it first came out but never got around to reading it. It’s very different, I haven’t read any other book like it. It is told in four parts, each part tells the story of a different sibling. I loved Simon and Klara’s stories in particular. I really connected with their characters and their lives. Daniel’s story was also good, but I personally preferred Klara and Simon’s. What let the book down for me was Vlara’s story. I really struggled to read it as her longevity studies involved testing on animals, which did bother me. I really didn’t like the description of the tests nor the way they treated the animals like their suffering didn’t matter. I know that might seem like a silly point but animal suffering is something which I really hate and I avoid books with animals in them just in case there’s any abuse or the animal dies, so when I wasn’t expecting it, it was tough for me to read. Obviously though, that it completely my own personal taste. It was also only a short section of the book, so I didn’t let it influence my opinion on the book that much. Other than that, I loved the book. An interesting storyline which I hadn’t read before, and well written. It’s an interesting thing to consider, what would you do if someone told you when you’d die? Would definitely read more by this author!