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
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt and Co.
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Reviews Suicide Club

  • Navidad Thelamour
    Everything started going wrong after the Second Wave…They’d had the lifespan tests and predictive treatments for decades…but this was something different. The Second Wave, it was dubbed, when a whole raft of new Medtech measures were approved for mass distribution: first-generation SmartBloodTM, an early prototype of what would later become DiamondSkinTM, the first truly functional replacements. And with the new technologies, a whole host o...
  • Hannah
    This book has such a brilliant premise: in this future, immortality is within grasp, but only for those 'deserving' and as such suicide is illegal, anything that might be construed as bad for your health is illegal in fact. I found this idea of preservation of life being the most important thing even before individual happiness and fulfillment so very very brilliant. But I struggled with the execution to no end.I did think that the world Rachel H...
  • Lou
    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 questions 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, ...
  • Rachel
    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...
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Content Warning: Animal Death, Violence, Graphic Internal  Body DescriptionsLiving forever in a future society that helps restore your body sounds like a utopia. But in this future world people have to meet certain standards to be given the treatments they need to love forever. This book builds character development flawlessly. I was rooting for the main character Lea despite some of her very unlikable traits. Lea is a lifer who at the age of 10...
  • Karla Strand
    See my complete review on my site.Would you want to live forever?In her debut novel Suicide Club, Rachel Heng reaffirms the notion of “be careful what you wish for” and challenges her readers to reflect upon the price they would pay for immortality.We live in a world where the quest for long life is a multimillion dollar industry. In Heng’s near future setting, people live for hundreds of years. But at what cost?In this engaging story, Lea ...
  • Dianne
    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...
  • Faith
    I received this ARC from Henry Holt and Company in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way.I don't know if I really like this book or not. I definitely don't hate it, but I can't say I particularly liked it. Let's discuss. Obligatory Summary Lea Kirino is a high society lifer on the path to immortality and success when a ghost from her past in the form of her long lost father shows up and ruins her c...
  • Blair
    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...
  • Monnie
    "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...
  • Melanie Garrett
    #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...
  • Janelle
    Review to come
  • Liz Barnsley
    DNF at 56%. Brilliant premise but just couldn't engage at all. It started off well but then descended into a rather humdrum tale of two women. The world building just wasn't there and honestly it felt like I'd actually have to live forever in order to be inclined to finish it. On the plus side for others it's good writing and if you are looking for more drama than sci-fi dystopia you'd probably love it. Great idea subjective failed execution..
  • Cindy H.
    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...
  • Roman Clodia
    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...
  • OutlawPoet
    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...
  • Gemma F
    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 ...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    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...
  • Kaleena ★ Reader Voracious
    "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...
  • Alexis
    I loved the concept behind this book. In the future, the population is falling. To try to keep it up, people are strongly encouraged to be super healthy and get various body enhancements and replacements. As a result, some people live to be over 100. Then there are the others - the sub-100s - who are the second-class citizens, who live and die like the mortals they are.The storyline is also really interesting. Lea is a lifer, and she tries so har...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    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
    Review to come.
  • Wendi Lee
    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...
  • Kathleen
    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
    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...
  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    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...
  • Olga Fry
    Lea Kirino leads a picturesque life until a chance encounter with her estranged father throws her life into a tailspin. From there, her status as a "Lifer," someone with the potential to live forever is thrown into jeopardy as she grapples with a difficult decision. Does she want to repair her relationship with her father who has been out of her life for decades, or does she want to live life the way she always has; a genetically beautiful fiance...
  • Kath Elizabeth
    This book took me awhile to get into - its very slow paced and atmospheric - but I ended up really enjoying it.The story centres around two women, Lea and Anja. In the world they live in, the human race is on the cusp of achieving immortality. At birth everyone is given a number based on their genes, and this determines how long they will live. Sub-100s are people who will die before they reach 100. Lifers are people who have the capacity to live...