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

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Goodreads Summary:

SOME STORIES CANNOT BE TOLD IN JUST ONE LIFETIME.
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.

 

My Rating:5/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

If there is one thing that I love in fiction more than anything, it’s stories  that deal with time in some way.  Whether it be time travel, parallel universes  basically  anything that discusses time in any way.,if time plays a factor  a book, T.V show or movie I will most likely love it. Time is honestly one of the most interesting parts about this universe and I love thinking about all the possibilities that we have yet to unlock. I took  an English class last semester that was all about time travel and it was the most interesting class I’ve ever taken.  Saying a book, TV show or movie involves time is the quickest way to get me to read it.

So when I read the synopsis of this book and saw that it was about a man who when he dies, he is reborn as the same person with all his previous knowledge intact, I knew that I had to read it. And I was not disappointed. This book was so interesting and unique and I loved every single second of it. It kind of reminds me of Life After Life but just a much more intense version.

While it took me a while to really get into it, once I did I was hooked. As the name suggests, we follow the first fifteen lives of Harry August and boy are his lives interesting. The novel is told in this very interesting non-linear manner so we are constantly jumping around from life to life which I found was an excellent choice. I loved seeing how each life was different and seeing how he changed as his life progressed. The plot was super duper fascinating and I loved all of the elements that were brought together especially towards the second half of the book. Time was being played with a lot more and it was so interesting to watch it unfold. It definitely made me think a lot about the multiverse. It also made me speculate about our own world.  I admit that there were times when I was reading it where I was like “what if people like this actually exist?” and “what if I’m on those and I’m just living my first life”. This is one of those books that I definitely will be thinking for many months to come.

I do have one minor qualm with the book which is that I feel as though the characters weren’t as strong as they could have been.  Honestly it’s more of a personal preference as I’m someone who loves characters and this is the type of book where it’s hard to have a super strong feeling for the characters but I would have liked to have just a little bit more development in order to just slightly improve the novel.

Have You Read This Book? Do You Want To? What Are Your Favorite Books Involving Time? Let Me Know In The Comments Down Below!

 

 

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