YA novel involving immortality via drowning
November 7, 2016 3:57 AM   Subscribe

In the early to mid-90s, I read a YA novel about a girl (?) from the present day who discovers the existence of two immortal characters (one good, one not so good). The most distinct thing I remember about the novel is that to become immortal, there was some kind of magical/mystical process that involved drowning.

At one point the "good" immortal describes the sensation of drowning to the main character; it was quite vivid, which is probably why it has stuck with me. The rest of the novel, not so much.
posted by Johnny Assay to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The Immortal by Christopher Pike?
posted by emkelley at 4:27 AM on November 7, 2016

Is it The Tricksters, by Margaret Mahy? I haven't read it, but that sounds familiar based on the excerpt I read.
posted by gideonfrog at 4:28 AM on November 7, 2016

I was also wondering if it could be Margaret Mahy, but I was thinking along the lines of The Changeover.
posted by kariebookish at 6:36 AM on November 7, 2016

Reminds me vaguely of Tuck Everlasting. Their immortality came from a magic spring if I recall correctly.
posted by TomFoolery at 11:15 AM on November 7, 2016

Best answer: Update: After recalling more details and posting them in a question to SciFi StackExchange, I now know that the book in question is the clunkily-titled The Live-Forever Machine by Kenneth Oppel.
posted by Johnny Assay at 9:54 AM on November 9, 2016

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