Suicide Club by Rachel Heng

Suicide Club

In this debut set in near future NYC—where lives last 300 years and the pursuit of immortality is all-consuming—Lea must choose between her estranged father and her chance to live forever.Lea Kirino is a “Lifer,” which means that a roll of the genetic dice has given her the potential to live forever—if she does everything right. And Lea is an overachiever. She’s a successful trader on the New York exchange—where instead of stocks, h...


Details Suicide Club

TitleSuicide Club
ISBN9781250185341
Author
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt and Co.
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Adult, Adult Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy, Contemporary, Speculative Fiction, Near Future, Did Not Finish
Rating

Reviews Suicide Club

  • Dianne
    2018-05-27
    Of course we all want to live as long as we can, being as healthy as we can and able to enjoy our time on Earth. What if science and medicine in the future could extend your life for hundreds of years? Would it be worth losing your soul, your privacy and your individuality in the quest to live longer? Are you really living if “defective” body parts can be replaced, you need constant “tweaking” and even the thought of breaking a sweat coul...
  • Rachel
    2018-06-22
    Suicide Club is a book full of brilliant concepts that never develop into a convincing or engaging narrative. It's a speculative novel set in a near-future New York society in which death is illegal and the pursuit of immortality is all-consuming. 100-year-old Lea Kirino is a model citizen; she has a high-level job on the New York exchange, which now deals in trading human organs, she has a genetically beautiful fiancé, and she's being considere...
  • Melanie Garrett
    2018-04-10
    #SuicideClub is a gripping debut for fans of Margaret Atwood, Emily St John Mandel & George Saunders. If you like your near-future dystopias compelling and poignant, with clear philosophical underpinnings which question the way we live now, then get ready to join the Suicide Club. A tale of two loving daughters coming to terms with their parents’ mortality - or lack thereof. The action unfolds in a New York City that is still recognisable (nary...
  • Blair
    2018-06-16
    Imagine a future in which death is close to being eradicated. At birth, everyone is allocated a number which determines whether or not they will be a ‘lifer’, a person who will live for hundreds of years with the aid of surgical enhancements and advanced biological technology. Those with a natural lifespan – ‘sub-100s’ – are effectively an underclass, relegated to the outer boroughs of this world’s cities. There are whispers that ne...
  • Gemma F
    2017-07-18
    Update: April 11, 2018I'm so impressed right now.This is one book that gave me so many emotions and made me cry. Suicide Club reminded me of a mix between Black Mirror and this futuristic world that Rachel Heng created. I loved the themes, relationships between family, the overall impression of immortality and the way humankind was described in this book. Full review to come closer to the release date!July 18, 2017So stoked for this book written ...
  • Cindy H.
    2018-02-12
    Thank you to Henry Holt Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC on The Suicide Club for my honest review. The haunting cover of this intriguing titled novel quickly caught my eye and the premise was equally engaging. My disappointment with this dystopian story was the lack of plot movement,character motivation and connection to Lea, the main character. I was also confused by the shifting time of past and present and found the childh...
  • OutlawPoet
    2018-02-26
    When I finished Suicide Club, I surprised myself. I closed the Kindle and said, "What a beautiful book."And it really was.It's funny to say that a near future SF novel like this is beautiful, but that's how I felt after finishing it. I felt witness to something unique and lovely.Oh, the book is sad of course, but there's so much beauty in choosing your own life and your own death.Heng forces us to look at how much emphasis society places on youth...
  • Roman Clodia
    2018-06-07
    There's an interesting premise here that extends logically from our present preoccupation with youth, health and longevity: in the US, technologies have been found that can extend life into hundreds of years with artificial blood, self-renewing skin and long-life muscles. But only for those with the 'right' genetic structure and who are prepared to sacrifice anything that can inhibit long life: meat, sugar, alcohol, anything that raises stress/co...
  • Kaleena ★ Reader Voracious
    2018-06-25
    "Something has to change. In being robbed of our deaths, we are robbed of our lives." Suicide Club is a chilling tale of a near-future dystopia where population decline has led to strict Sanctity of Life laws and systems to extend life ever longer. Poetically written, Heng weaves a dystopian nightmare that is plausible; however, I struggled to connect to the story as I had expected to and was left wanting much more.The novel takes place in a New...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    2018-06-26
    RTC to come! 3.5 stars, rounded up on goodreads just because I liked the last chapter lol - like black mirror but tbh not as provoking and inquisitive as I’d hoped for a book that essentially deals with issues akin to euthanasia and artificially lengthened lifespans 🤷🏻♀ RTC to come! 3.5 stars, rounded up on goodreads just because I liked the last chapter lol - like black mirror but tbh not as provoking and inquisitive as I’d hoped f...
  • Maria
    2018-03-10
    Review to come.
  • Wendi Lee
    2018-06-08
    In the future, genetic testing at birth determines who gets to extend their life via special medical procedures and maintenance. Lea is a “lifer,” striving to be one of the first chosen for the Third Wave, which basically equals immortality. Lea does everything right, but seeing her estranged (and assumed deceased) father puts her future in jeopardy.I liked the premise of this novel, and Lea’s difficulty in reconciling her past with the saf...
  • Lou
    2018-07-09
    If you could live forever . . . would you?Oh man! This premise is such a fascinating one and makes an incredible story. It also raises some provocative question about the human race, life, death and immortality. I always love it when an author is clever and creative enough to incorporate deeper topics into the narrative. I appreciate that sort of storyline - the ones that allow the exploration of big questions. I salute you for this brilliance, M...
  • Monnie
    2018-06-29
    "Brave New World." "Soylent Green." "Thelma and Louise." All of these - and a couple more classics - popped into my head as I read this mesmerizing debut novel. More to the point, if I were given the chance to live for hundreds of years - most of them sans anything I now consider fun to do, eat or wear - would I want it? Now that I've finished this book, I'm still not totally sure, but I've sure got plenty of considerations to factor into my deci...
  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    2018-03-25
    It's so much fun delving into science fiction. I used to read sci-fi often, mainly the YA dystopia and post-apocalytic type. I love reading about societies that are similar to our own, but feature advanced technology and despotic governments – although I guess this is becoming more fact, less fiction!"In near-future New York, life expectancy averages three hundred years. Immortality is almost within our grasp. It’s hell."As soon as I read the...
  • Kathleen
    2018-05-20
    I think this book needed more of everything. More world building. More character development. More plot. The concept was a really interesting one, and I thought the plot was just really slow moving, until I got to the end are realized there just wasn't much of one. Honestly I had a hard time pushing myself to finish. I wish there had been more about how this new future worked, how it got that way and why the US seemed to be alone in it. I think t...
  • Jen
    2017-09-04
    NOPEThe title pulled me in (I can be a little macabre at times) but although the futurized world was interesting the story itself was not.I didn't care for the main character and everything that happened pretty much amounted to nought by the end of the novel which made it feel like the biggest waste of time.Again; I loved the world/setting but the characters and direction of the story was a flop for me.(super early ARC so many things may have cha...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    2018-07-10
    Unfortunately didn't finish- although reading up to 77%The start was perfect. Over a hundred years old and a dedicated lifer, Lea has an accident after seeing her longtime lost dad- and she cannot tell anyone about this. Because her dad is kind of a criminal. So the authorities think she was trying to kill herself by throwing herself under a car. And then she has to get inspected.Then there is Anja, her once famous opera singer mum is hundreds of...
  • Anne
    2018-06-05
    I love dystopian fiction but since Brave New World is my standard, most novels have a hard time living up to Huxley's brilliance. But I really enjoyed this debut as it shows a world not actually too difficult to envision in the future as longevity is possible with injections of synthetic blood and skin that heals itself immediately. Lea is 100 years old (but could pass for 50) as she lives by their motto, "Healthy mind, healthy body" and eats no ...
  • Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)
    2018-06-15
    You can also find this review on the blog.🌺🌺🌺🌺My ThoughtsSuicide Club is a beautifully crafted tale that rings of a convincing familiarity. It was my cup of tea served with an alarming wake-up call, and I devoured every page of it. However, I will note that I did not find myself comparing this to the work of Atwood nor would I. Too often we attempt to lump female speculative fiction and dystopian writers into a specific category with ...
  • Emily
    2018-07-05
    I finished Suicide Club last night, and I have mixed feelings on this book. On one hand, the concept is so interesting & it's well-written. On the other hand, it was so slow-paced & I lost interest about halfway through. This book has a good opening & caught my attention. I wasn't expecting the entire book to be action, but I was just expecting a little more. There is an intriguing 1984-esque aspect to the book, but it doesn't really end up going...
  • Joséphine (Word Revel)
    2018-01-29
    Initial thoughts: Suicide Club was such an addictive read. What surprised me about that was the plot wasn't fast-paced, and yet, I didn't want to put it down. I loved the dream-like prose which allowed me to connect to Lea and Anja but also created a sterile distance that underscored their utopian society. As expected from the title, Suicide Club was gruesome to read but it also made me think about what it could mean for healthcare to extend our ...
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    2018-06-22
    What's the one thing that humans seem to consistently strive for? We want to look fitter, thinner, more beautiful, but it really all culminates in our society's constant obsession with youth. If you look younger, you are younger—in a way, you're cheating death. And that's the ultimate goal, isn't it. To vanquish that ultimate foe and live forever.Well, be careful what you wish for.In this futuristic novel, the idea of extended life takes on a d...
  • Victoria E. Ellis
    2018-06-18
    *I was kindly sent an eARC by the publishers, via NetGalley, but all options, as always, are my own.***Trigger Warning: Suicide, and Self Harm**Suicide Club is a sci-fi novel, set in a future in which people born with a certain genetic makeup are eligible for life extending medical procedures, meaning they could potentially be immortal. For me it was a cross between Scott Westerfeld's Uglies, and the Netflix series Altered Carbon, and a really in...
  • Dan
    2018-06-19
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and boy am I glad I did!This is a completely character-driven book. You have a few main characters who approach the end-of-life decisions differently from each other, with a government pushing for immortality due to low birth rates.This book is more speculative fiction than sci-fi. You won't see a lot of new tech, and they never tell you what year it is. The futuristic setting is only there to provide a wo...
  • Elli Andrews
    2018-02-26
    In a world of falling birth rates people aim to live as long as possible - they go for regular check-ups to ensure their Nutripack diets, low-impact exercise and stress levels aren’t having a negative impact on their health. After all, the Government are reportedly rolling out Third Wave Immortality any day now and who will be healthy enough to be chosen for it? Lea thinks she is the perfect candidate, until her past catches up with her and she...
  • Sarah Waldron
    2018-03-23
    New York has been transformed into a world where the genetically chosen and lucky get the chance to live potentially forever. Lea Kirino is one of these people; a lifer. As long as she abides by the rules, keeps up her eating regime, exercise schedule and regular health checks and updates, she could go on to immortality which is what she has planned for herself. Her life comes crashing down around her fairly quickly when she is reunited with her ...