Review: Suicide Club by Rachel Heng

August 7, 2018
Suicide Club, Rachel Heng, InToriLex
Published By: Henry Holt and Co. on July 10, 2018
Format Read: ARC Edition (340 pages)
Genre: Adult/ Dystopia/ Sci-fi
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Publisher Request
Suicide Club
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, human organs are now bought and sold—she has a beautiful apartment, and a fiancé who rivals her in genetic perfection. And with the right balance of HealthTech™, rigorous juicing, and low-impact exercise, she might never die.

But Lea’s perfect life is turned upside down when she spots her estranged father on a crowded sidewalk. His return marks the beginning of her downfall as she is drawn into his mysterious world of the Suicide Club, a network of powerful individuals and rebels who reject society’s pursuit of immortality, and instead chose to live—and die—on their own terms. In this future world, death is not only taboo; it’s also highly illegal. Soon Lea is forced to choose between a sanitized immortal existence and a short, bittersweet time with a man she has never really known, but who is the only family she has left in the world.


Content Warning: Animal Death, Violence, Graphic Internal  Body Descriptions


Living 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 100 is trying to extend her life and hopefully be apart of The Third Wave that will begin making people immortal. A wrench is thrown into her world when her estranged father Kaito comes back into her life. The book is a character study of how Lea and Kaito come to terms with their shared past and choices they make for the future.

The Suicide Club that Lea and Kaito find themselves caught up in are a group of people who are against being unable to choose when and how to die. In the club we meet characters who shun technology gone wrong when a person doesn't receive the right treatments their body may be kept alive for decades beyond when they are brain dead. The world building could have been better, but while reading I intimately got to witness what love, regret, and freedom mean in this future world. I was excited to keep reading and interested in the surprising ways this society maintained control.
There is a cost to everything. This book examines if giving up unhealthy habits and creative pursuits  you love is worth immortality. There were some graphic descriptions of how a body can live healthily past 100, but nothing drawn out. Lea spends the book piecing herself together after realizing the hard choices she made in life. What kind of life can you make in a world where music, art and sugar are banned? I enjoyed this book and am happy it gave me so much to ponder about mortality, family and technology. 

Recommended for readers who:
- want to get sucked into great storytelling
- enjoy character study dystopia's
- want to think deeply about the consequences future technology can have on humanity

**I received an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Henry & Holt and Co.**


InToriLex, Suicide Club, Rachel Heng
Rachel Heng is a Singaporean novelist and short story writer.

Rachel was born and raised in Singapore. After graduating from Columbia University with a BA in Comparative Literature & Society, she spent several years working in private equity in London. She currently lives in Austin, where she is pursuing her MFA in Fiction and Screenwriting at UT Austin's Michener Center for Writers with the generous support of the James A. Michener Fellowship.TWITTER

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