Suicide Club

Suicide Club : A story about living

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Imagine a world where the healthy choice is the only choice.

'Original and subversive.' Independent

'Life-affirming' Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said

Lea Kirino is a 'Lifer,' who has the potential to live forever - if she does everything right. She has lived her life by religiously following the state directives that ensure she remains fit and healthy. She knows she wants to live forever, and she is going to green juice, yoga-cise and meditate her way to immortality.

Yet, when a brush with death brings her face to face with a mysterious group who believe in everything the state has banned, memories of now-forbidden childhood pleasures resurge alongside ghosts of her past. As Lea's long-held beliefs begin to crack, she is forced to consider: What does it really mean to live?

'Addictive' Sun

'Fascinating' Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy

'An intriguing idea in which Heng takes a much-needed swipe at health fascism and our obsession with youth, beauty and superfoods' Mail on Sunday
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 274g
  • Sceptre
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1473672953
  • 9781473672956
  • 21,769

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Life-affirming . . . "Be careful what you wish for" has never been so chilling, or so gripping Erin Kelly, author of HE SAID/SHE SAID
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Catch[es] the zeitgeist of our troubling times . . . Suicide Club is a very good story, and Heng writes like a dream about of the triumph of love and the benefit of not playing by the rules. In their search for meaning, her characters reject conformity for individuality and freedom. Perhaps our world is not so bad. -- Heidi Kingstone * Standpoint Magazine * Heng's vision of the future is undoubtedly big, bold and well-researched. Her expansive world-building marks her as a name to watch. * The Business Times Singapore * Subversive and satirical, Heng has channelled all of our Insta-obsessions and turned them into a mind-blowing mystery. * Emerald Street * Gripping * Red Magazine * Part critique of the American cult of wellness, part glittering future with a nightmare undercurrent, Suicide Club is nothing if not deeply imaginative and timely -- Kaulie, The Millions Suicide Club shows us the way to live a life that might be something to be ultimately worth dying for. * Medium * Suicide Club is a rarity in the summer books season: a novel that will make you think about life and how you live it. * Medium * a refreshingly original debut. * Bookriot * A feat of blazing imagination, Rachel Heng's Suicide Club is a thought-provoking look at a near-future society that feels a quarter-turn away from ours. Heng's storytelling gleams, but this novel doesn't shy away from darkness - thank goodness. -- Kelly Luce, author of PULL ME UNDER What is particularly chilling about SUICIDE CLUB is that the dystopian world it's set in - one obsessed with looks and youth - is not an entirely implausible vision of the future . . . Through crisscrossing stories about love and loss, suffused in some wonderful and heartbreaking prose, she takes the reader on a journey to truly understand the question: who wants to live forever? * The Skinny * A provocative and engrossing novel, SUICIDE CLUB has plenty to say about our obsession with health fads * Stylist * If the styling is satirical . . . Heng isn't playing for laughs . . . the fascinating and compelling scenario on show here ultimately forces you to question nothing less than the meaning of life * Metro * Fans of modern speculative fiction and readers who love stories that warn us to be careful what we wish for will be enthralled by Heng's highly imaginative debut * Library Journal * I always love novels that can combine powerful writing with massive levels of compassion and heart, and SUICIDE CLUB is one such book. Its genre-straddling dark heart can't fail to impress. -- James Smythe Glitters, darkly . . . a subversive celebration of life. -- Nick Clark Windo Heng expertly threads a ribbon of dread through her glittering vistas and gleaming characters . . . A complicated and promising debut * Kirkus * Suicide Club is a bold and brilliant book -- Francesca Jakobi, author of BITTER The future is here. Let's welcome one of its stars. Talented and ferociously intelligent, Heng has produced a glittering debut -- Joanna Briscoe, author of YOU Suicide Club bends genre with grace and artistry, delivering us to the outermost reaches of what's familiar and affirming what dares to still exist there: family, friendship, and forgiveness. With superb writing, Rachel Heng has crafted a world inside of a world gone mad, one where love faces its most difficult test. This is an exciting, bold, inventive novel. -- Kristen Iskandrian, author of MOTHEREST Clever, bold and makes you think about the value of life * Good Housekeeping * A provocative new author. A fascinating debut novel. Read it! -- Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy Rachel Heng's highly readable debut novel is thought-provoking, moving, worryingly convincing - and ultimately hopeful * Irish Times * A complicated and promising debut that spoofs the current health culture craze even as it anticipates its appalling culmination. * Kirkus * An intriguing idea in which Heng takes a much-needed swipe at health fascism and our obsession with youth, beauty and superfoods * Mail on Sunday * Original and subversive * Independent * We raced through this addictive take on the modern obsession with youth and perfection * Fabulous Magazine, Sun * Life-affirming . . . "Be careful what you wish for" has never been so chilling, or so gripping -- Erin Kelly, author of HE SAID/SHE SAID
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About Rachel Heng

Rachel Heng is a Singaporean writer who graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Comparative Literature & Society. After working in the finance sector in London, Rachel moved to Austin, to pursue an MFA in Fiction and Screenwriting at the Michener Center for Writers. Rachel's short stories have been published in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner and the minnesota review. Suicide Club is her first novel.
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3,292 ratings
3.24 out of 5 stars
5 10% (328)
4 29% (959)
3 40% (1,319)
2 18% (577)
1 3% (109)
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