rating: 3 of 5 stars
I started reading this book because I heard the author give a speech at a writer’s conference. I LOVED what Tracy Hickman had to say, I liked his vibe, so I figured I would really enjoy his books. I chose The Immortals because this is his favorite book.
It took me a long time to get into this book. This is the reason for the three stars rather than four. The basic reason was that I had a very difficult time suspending my disbelief. It turned out that this was something that really could have been fixed because all the information ended up being there. It just wasn’t revealed until later. I fear that Hickman was so in love with his idea that he wanted to unfold it as part of the mystery. The problem is that nearly all of the main characters knew everything that made me so skeptical I nearly didn’t go on. Most of what they knew was basic history to the world. This forced mystery wasn’t what the book was about anyway. I would have included all this info as fast as possible to give a very clear picture of the setting, so that we could watch the story unfold.
The Immortals starts us out with Jason Barris, a gay diagnosed with V-CIDS which is AIDS on steroids, and his father who he estranged himself from. Jason is caught and stuck in an internment camp. His father, Michael Barris gets himself inside this same camp to see what he can do to help his son. It becomes a story of forgiveness, acceptance on both their parts, and learning to overcome even death so that their stories could be told.
Once I got all the setting information, about halfway through, this was where the story really started. I finished it up in just a couple of days and enjoyed the ending. So, despite earlier struggles in reading it I don’t count it time wasted and with that caveat, I would recommend reading The Immortals.