Book Review | EVERLAST by Virginia Bennett

3/5 stars

When a wartime experiment designed to create a super race goes terribly wrong, the government scrambles to terminate the project, but not before one seventeen year old boy manages to escape.

That boy is Phoenix Wilder, and ever since the experiment, he has stopped aging. Over a hundred years has passed and he is still seventeen. It is a lonely, dangerous world where everyone he has ever known or loved has long grown old and died. He is on the run, and the government will stop at nothing to silence him.

What Phoenix doesn’t know is that there are others out there like him. There are others who have escaped and survived. It will take a lot more than he bargained for to belong in their world, but the love of a girl begs him to try, challenging all of his instincts and ultimately changing his life forever. (c) goodreads

The reason I read this book was because there’s this section in my school library where all the “new” books are, and I always go there because I want to be the first person to read the books. I don’t know why, but it just makes me feel good to be the first one to read a library book. Is that weird? Maybe a little bit. Anyways, Everlast was on the new shelf, and when I opened it I saw that the author had signed it so I was like !!! and signed it out.

Before I get into the actual review, I want to comment on something. This book was self published, which is totally cool, but the binding just really didn’t do anything for me besides make my wrist hurt. The paper is heavy and it wasn’t the most comfortable reading experience. I guess I’m picky about my book formats…

I enjoyed the plot. I liked that it wasn’t just action action action, and that we actually got to know life inside the DOME. As Phoenix builds relationships in there, we get to see more of the different people that were experimented on, and we get to know more of the dystopian world. I liked that there wasn’t a “prophecy” or anything like that, but instead, all the characters were somehow mutated. Plus there were some major plot twists that were super shocking.

However, although I liked the premise of this novel, I wasn’t too happy about the characters. Phoenix and Delphine’s relationship just seemed silly to me. It was too sudden, and felt so forced, I couldn’t get caught up in it. Maybe it was just Phoenix in general. His actions towards her, even when she rejected him, were so irritating. She wanted to be alone, why couldn’t he just leave her alone? If a girl wants to be left alone, it is not okay to keep pestering her. I feel like this happens way too often in literature, and was quite disappointed that it happened here.

Although the characters frustrated me, Bennett’s writing style engaged me enough to keep reading. This book is extremely long, and I didn’t get bored of it. I did find myself skimming towards the end though, because it was getting fast paced, and I wanted to know what happened.

Overall, it was a decent read, but I’m not sure if I’m going to be reading the second book. If it’s as long as this one was, then I feel like it’s too much of an investment.

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