The Eagle’s Cry Review: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

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Rebecca Diers, Reporter

Imagine living in a world where one decision could change your entire life; or in this case, your second life.

In the wonderful Firstlife by Gena Showalter, after one dies, one’s soul enters either Troika or Myriad, both realms that have been fighting against each other for centuries. But if you don’t sign with one before you die, your soul will be sent to another “realm”, where many of your fears come to life, and a second death is almost inevitable.

For Tenley Lockwood, this could be where she ends up—because for the past thirteen months she had been locked in Prynne Asylum, because she wouldn’t allow her parents to choose a realm for her, and didn’t know which one she wanted herself. Now both realms are sending laborers in an effort to convert her, which brings upon even more problems for Ten. While trying to decide to which realm she should sign to, she has to learn who she can trust, and be able to stay alive long enough to make the decision.

Anyone who enjoys to discover other worlds, even if they are fictional, should read this book. Firstlife encompasses so many gripping aspects, that makes the entire story unique, and almost impossible to put down. And once you think you know what is going to happen next, Showalter throws in a plot twist, which drives you to keep on reading. If you are one that gets very involved and attached to the books you read, there is a chance that you will be frustrated at times at what happens, and be yelling at that book; but that’s what makes it so much better.

The adventure to Firstlife continues next year, with the arrival of the next book.