“The future is bright for 16-year-old Ava Holland and the residents of Evereach. They don’t have to worry about old age or even getting sick.
In their world, humans regenerate, heal, and live for hundreds of years. Mortality isn’t something to fear. Disease has been all but eradicated. Everything changes when Ava watches her brother die and he doesn’t regenerate. Ava’s genetics are called into question by the government, scientists, extremists, and Ava herself. Could her genes hold the answer to mortality? Is she an anomaly or something to be feared?
Determined not to become anyone’s guinea pig, Ava doesn’t stick around to find out. She wants answers too, but the only person who can help her is 17-year-old Michael Bradley, the boy who killed her brother. If either of them have even the slightest chance of survival, they must find the genetic keys hidden in Ava’s DNA before it’s too late.”
Holy crap! This book blew me away. I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked the book up. I’ve read books that have immortal (or extremely long-living) humans in them, but it’s always been a tossup for me. More than half the books I’ve read with immortality I ended up disliking. Some authors pull off amazing stories, while others just kind of flop.
This one falls into the former category. The title “Fear My Mortality” piqued my interest. I couldn’t quite anticipate why a society of immortals would fear a mortal?
The answer? They fear her because this means that they too, can become mortal. It was amazing how Everly managed to build a world, were there was a logical reason the immortals feared the mortal.
It was amazing that she managed to pull off a world, were immortals feared death. They managed to have a real fear of something they never experienced, something they didn’t understand.
This book is cinematically action packed. At first, it made me wary. Some authors can over do the action and under appreciate emotional sequences. I think I still would have loved more thinking/emotion scenes to balance out the action. But there are emotional sequences sprinkled throughout, and those moments were well done.
I liked the hesitant relationship between Michael and Ava. They quickly had to learn to rely on each other and I liked that Ava had to make herself vulnerable to Michael. What he says in reaction to having to stitch up her back? Aww. That made me all melty inside.
Ava doesn’t strike you as the weakling. At one point, she has no choice but to reveal one of her weakest points to Michael, the boy who killed her brother. In that scene, it was almost like she was sharing a piece of her heart. I like that she took that leap of faith and decided it was for her own good to share that part of herself with him.
It encouraged them to rely on each other. To heal with each other. The tender love between them was immensely enjoyable. Tender, in fact, is the perfect word to describe it. At first, it seemed fairly one sided. Michael was doing all the protecting.
But at the pinnacle of the book, the roles were reversed. It was Michael, instead of Ava, who was left hurt and vulnerable. Ava’s inner scorpion lashed out and protected him.
And then they became more like each other than they ever imagined.
I love that Ava kept her humanity. So many characters in so many survival novels, end up sacrificing their humanity for the greater good. You know, to survive.
And while there is definitely a place for that, I like how far Ava went in her endeavors to keep that empathy within her.
The book did have its flaws. It ended on somewhat of a quick note, and it wasn’t entirely clear if there would be a sequel (there will be!) A few clichés here and there. But that tender relationship, and the scene where Ava becomes Michael’s protector? It entirely won me over. It was a beautiful, touching scene.
The overall theme of the novel was intensely dark, and emotionally raw, my favorite kind of book. Hallucinations? Political intrigue? Romance? Check check check. It addressed what it means to have your reality shaken. I know exactly what that’s like. I used to have hallucinations all the time. (Ironically, one was a scorpion.) I know what that raw vulnerability feels like. I think that’s why I felt so connected to what she shared with Michael. It’s difficult to share those things with others. Especially one who had a key role in undoing your world in the first place. I know what the walls feel like that Ava had. The ability to block everything out and start over, in order to understand what was real and what wasn’t.
Absolutely Five stars from me. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fabulous novel about empathy, darkness, and innumerable odds when it comes to surviving with the ones you love.
– This book was provided to me by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. It has not changed or swayed my opinion or review of this book in any way.