Everybody wants to live forever. Don’t they?
In a near-future New York, medical technology has progressed far enough that immortality is now within our grasp – but only to those who show themselves to be deserving of it. These people are the lifers: the exercisers, the yogacisers, the green juicers, early nighters and spiralizers.
Genetically perfect, healthy and wholesome, hundred-year-old Lea is the poster girl for lifers, until the day she catches a glimpse of her father in the street, eighty-eight years ago after their last encounter. While pursuing him, Lea has a brush with death which sparks suspicions. If Lea could be so careless, is she worthy of immortality?
A dark, provocative novel set in a world on the verge of a health-induced breakdown, Suicide Club tells the terrifying but addictive story of a disillusioned lifer, a reckless activist group and the fight between the science and the art of living life to the fullest.
"Provocative... It’s a creative premise, and it’s fascinating to read about Lea’s carefully crafted life unraveling before her. Heng’s confident prose makes this book an easy read, despite tackling difficult subjects such as suicide and the right to die." - Los Angeles Times
"A novel of ideas where issues of eugenics and euthanasia are treated sensitively... in a way that recalls Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, or more recently, The Power by Naomi Alderman." - The Irish Times
“The vivid landscapes of SUICIDE CLUB read like uncanny valley replicas of our current reality―almost recognizable, while just alien enough to be disturbing...As a parable on vanity and aging, Suicide Club ranks right up there with Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. As a call to resistance of an altogether bleak capitalist status quo built literally on the bodies of its people, the book feels comparable to Palahniuk's Fight Club or The Matrix. And as a bittersweet yet life-affirming story on eternity vs. death, it feels akin to Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting.” - The Austin Chronicle
"Clever, bold and makes you think about the value of life." - Good Housekeeping
‘A fascinating and thought-provoking novel about mortality, connection, and the ability to choose, Suicide Club is a spellbinding debut readers won't soon forget.’ - Bustle
"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
‘A provocative and engrossing novel, Suicide Club has plenty to say about our obsession with health fads... 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?' - Stylist
‘Suicide Club is a rarity in the summer books season: a novel that will make you think about life and how you live it . . . shows us the way to live a life that might be something to be ultimately worth dying for.’ - Medium
'Heng’s debut novel, Suicide Club, is a rich piece of futurism, frightening and moving in equal measure.' - Tor.com
“Heng makes interesting points about whether there is a right way to live while amusingly painting green juice as a poisoned chalice.” - Esquire
"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
“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… Suicide Club engages the reader until the last word.” - Standpoint Magazine
"What if immortality fuelled the economy and a government agency created an algorithm that decides who lives forever―and who doesn’t? That’s the creepy world Rachel Heng constructs in Suicide Club, a dark novel where the systems of human inequality feel unsettlingly close to current reality." - Bitch Media
‘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 News
“What really makes Suicide Club shine is that it explores big themes without ever getting bogged down under its own weight. It certainly made me ponder death and my own mortality more than I normally do.” - Washington Review of Books
“Though it traffics in dystopian satire, Suicide Club eschews overtly Orwellian tropes or the bitter humor of something like Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story. Heng takes cues from these speculative futures, as well as others, but what she has written is something multifaceted and unique: a lyrical treatise on memory and family that moonlights as a taut thriller about secret societies and government agents.” - Black Warrior Review
“[T]he plot drives the novel forward with a sureness of hand uncommon for a debut writer of fiction. It rolls off the pages in unburdened, cliché-free prose, and I devoured the entire book in one furious sitting. First-book prose tends to call attention to itself and its cleverness, like an unconfident debutante gilded in gaudiness—but Heng’s prose is clear as a pane of glass, leaving the reader unaware of its presence until certain angles catch the light and diffract it into surprising rainbows.” - Cha Journal
"Heng expertly threads a ribbon of dread through her glittering vistas and gleaming characters... A complicated and promising debut that spoofs the current health culture craze even as it anticipates its appalling culmination." - Kirkus Reviews
"A refreshingly original debut… sophisticated and highly imaginative" - Book Riot
"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, which deftly asks 'What does it really mean to be alive?'" - Library Journal (starred review)
"Clever, compelling, and wholly believable, this is a superb novel about our most basic desires" - Net Galley (Book Of The Month)
‘We raced through this addictive take on the modern obsession with youth and perfection.’ - Fabulous Magazine, Sun
"Transport[s] us to different worlds, give[s] us glimpses into lives we might never otherwise know, and offer[s] us respite from reality." - The Rumpus, 'What To Read When You've Made It Halfway Through 2018"
"Suicide Club is an original and subversive exploration of health obsessions, consumptions, and what makes life worth living." - The Independent, 'The emerging authors to look out for in 2018'
'An intriguing premise has us hooked' - Grazia
"We now live in an era when tech bros unironically subsist on a product called Soylent and talk about how they're going to try to live forever, so there's probably no better time for a book to come out which centers around a vision of society only slightly removed from our own reality, a place where, thanks to "HealthTech™" and juicing, people might get to live forever." - NYLON, '46 Great Books To Read This Summer'
“In exquisitely crafted prose, Rachel Heng gives us a startling look at a version of the world that seems simultaneously wild and plausible. Heng is a bold new talent and a writer to watch.” - Liz Moore, author of Heft and The Unseen World
"Audacious... beautifully paced... How can such a young writer know all these things? Rachel Heng’s first novel is as keen as a sharpened blade. Suicide Club is on the money about where our current obsessions are leading us and yet she makes us care about her characters in deep and old-fashioned ways. It reminded me again and again of Orwell and Huxley. I have the feeling that this is the beginning of a long and illustrious career." - James Magnuson, author of Famous Writers I Have Known
"I happily lost a whole weekend to Suicide Club. This life-affirming book about death lingers long after the last page. ‘Be careful what you wish for’ has never been so chilling, or so gripping." - Erin Kelly, Sunday Times bestselling author of He Said/She Said
"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
“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
"What is the value of life if it never ends? 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
"Suicide Club is [a novel] that glitters, darkly. A ‘Dorian Gray’ nightmare of a future where the sought-after beauty is barely even skin deep, it’s a subversive celebration of life. It makes us consider what’s actually valuable, and what ‘healthy living’ really means." - Nick Clark Windo, author of The Feed
"I am in awe of the deeply disturbing yet utterly convincing world Heng manages to create. I loved the book's central message: the beauty in imperfection, the importance of letting go. I loved the flawed and fearsome central characters... Suicide Club is a bold and brilliant book." - Francesca Jakobi, author of Bitter
"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, author of The Machine and The Testimony