I would like to remember this as “the book that made me never want to read ebooks again” I read this as an ebook and was so disappointed and confused to the point that I thought the ebook providers were making fun of the readers by shuffling the chapters of the book. Ofcourse, I was wrong with the accusation and I realized that I just can’t blame anyone if I find the book horrible.
What made me choose this book: I first saw this book on my favorite bookstore. I read the synopsis and I was amazed. Since I have no plans of buying a book that time I made a mental note that I’d come back for it because I think I am truly gonna like it. About a day after seeing the book on the bookstore I found a digital copy of it at about half of its paperbound price. I decided that day that I am destined to read this book.
When I read it: I tried being patient. I tried telling myself that the most difficult part with reading a book is on the first few chapters since I am still trying to get to know the characters. However, I found no chapters (maybe it’s just my copy or maybe it’s just the author’s way of storytelling). I found myself still having difficulties when I reached half of the book.
Why I was hooked: The storyline. The idea of the entire book. It was so creative – it reminds me of Lauren Oliver’s Before I fall. I was waiting for a climax, a revelation or a conclusion at the end. No matter how I already wanted to give up reading, I convinced myself that there could be something good somewhere further on the pages of this book.
My general opinion on this book: The problem with this novel is that the entire plot was already presented on the first few chapters. The best part of the story (which is being able to live again after dying) was already presented as early as the synopsis. The story was intriguing and unique, but it was presented like the entire book was a collection of different short stories with the same main character. The novel is filled with the multiple lives of Ursula Todd along with different characters in each life. Once you get the hang of the characters on one of her life, you’ll be presented with another set of names. The whole novel was like a loop of introductions, and maybe that’s the reason why I never liked it.
Also, the ending was hanging. The ending leaves the reader wondering and assuming how it ended. I do not spend days reading a book just to have an unclear ending, I need a closure!
What other readers are saying: They liked it! Which somehow makes me feel bad about myself since I felt like an outcast for hating on this book. However there are some readers who share the same opinion with me. When I finished reading this book I looked for it online and found that some readers think the book was overrated (and I agree!).
I also read on some other reviews that Kate Atkinson is a great author based on her previously published novels. I am curious with the other novels of the author and I am looking forward to coming across those books despite my terrible impression on “Life After Life”
That would be all for this book.
Thank you for reading and happy bookworming!