Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Review: THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST by Claire North

Publisher Orbit
Length 405 pages
Format softcover
Published 2014
Series standalone
My Copy provided by the publisher


My Review
Harry August is a kalachakra; a person cursed or gifted depending on your point of view, to be born again over and over and over. He retains his memories from each of his previously lives yet his place of birth, family, and social status remain the same. The only thing he can change, is how soon he's able to ditch the homestead for a more promising life with those like him (he learns of others over the course of his many lives). 

The premise of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is intriguing and ingenious. Time-travel, quantum physics, alternate histories, and the notion that parallel universes exists are nothing new in speculative fiction, yet the way these elements combine to form a single cohesive narrative makes you think of what could be, or has been, or will be - the need to suspend belief is left at the door as you step in.

Nothing in this book screams 'too out there'. It's all scarily plausible, such is the quality of writing and the believable characters and circumstances they find themselves in. The back and forth between timelines and different character iterations within those timelines could've ended up messy and too complicated yet, somehow, it all just works.

My rating: 5/5 stars. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is a great read. 

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