Existence by Abbi Glines
Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn’t let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he’s dead.
Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn’t realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with, is not a soul at all.
He is Death and he’s about to break all the rules.
My Review: This book was supposed to be an audiobook review. I got halfway through the first chapter though and realized that I couldn’t listen to it. The narrator isn’t bad but the voice she chose for the best friend was Mini Mouse on drugs. It was terrible but I continued on with the book because I was intrigued. It’s a great story about Death, who is an actual guy, and the object of his affection, Pagan, a girl that he breaks all the rules for. This is YA so Dank looks like he’s in high school. It isn’t creepy at all.
This book has an intriguing concept. What happens when Death decides not to take a life. There are consequences when the natural order of the universe is ignored. I think the book would have been even better from Deaths perspective. It was what Pagan learned about Death that kept me reading and what he revealed to her about what it takes to be Death so that he can claim souls. Falling in love with her soul would change him and what he is forever. Forever is a long time when you are an ever existing presence.
I’m not sure that I’ve ever read a book where the concept of death is an actual main character. I have, of course, read plenty of books with vampires and other entities stand in as a replacement for death. Not to put to fine a point on it but isn’t that why we read about vampires?
The main character, Pagan, is a teenage girl and she sometimes acts like a teenage girl. If New Moon was nails on a chalkboard for you ( like it was for me) then brace yourself for part of this book. Since we experience this book through Pagan’s eyes we only see what she sees but we can put some things together. Death sort of looses focus and he tries to save himself by putting some distance between himself and Pagan. I wondered if he was scared of what was happening to him, what it was going to be like when he felt things for the first time about his job or if he was just trying to do the right thing. Maybe it was a combination of the three since he sang to Pagan every night in the mental facility as she slept. All reasons why I thought this book was great.
If you’re looking for something a bit different then I recommend this book. Oh and just in case anyone cares I liked the audiobook cover better.
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