Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Review: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Redhook Books, via netgalley,, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August cover



Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message."

This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

This book is many things, and yet, unique unto itself! I literally could NOT put it down once I started on it! It takes the basic premise of  'what if you died, then were reincarnated, and every time you died, you were reborn as yourself , but your path could be different, yet you would keep your memories, and knowledge from your previous lives? ' Add to that your ability to stop or change how the world ends, and when, would you? Would you make every attempt to save everyone, or would you enjoy your lives and walk away, on the hope that you would survive?

The book poses many ethical, scientific and theological questions, yet the author presents them all in a contextual way, so that you understand them all and are dragged into the swirling debate with Harry. How far will he go to stop a madman bent on a single goal? Will he change history for the better, or worse?

I can't wait to find out who really wrote this book, and I can't recommend it enough! It's one of my favorite books of the year so far!

About the Author:

Claire North is a pseudonym.

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