The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August | 5 Star Review
Genres: Science Fiction
Published by Redhook
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.
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 was a leftover book from the failure that was February and I have to say The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August really surprised me. I thought it was going to be something different and what actually happened was so much better! I think this book has so much to offer and after you’re finished reading it you are left feeling more than a little empty. I will definitely be picking other Claire North books up, this one blew my mind!
What makes this book so good it the premise and how well it’s executed. The idea that someone can be reborn as themselves over and over again is something that is original and intriguing. There’s no way to change the way things happen and Harry quickly works out the world must stay the way it is. I loved reading about his inner dilemmas and the rituals that he starts as he lives over and over again. The learning process he goes through is extraordinary and the way he progresses makes this book so special and well worth the read.
I loved the relationship between Harry and Vincent, I found it thrilling to read about there exploits and I think the way it ended and was wrapped up really summed up the relationship. I don’t think I have ever been so satisfied with an ending before in my entire life as I was with the ending of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. It was just perfect and one of the best. I would however like a sequel where we learn about all the other Kalachakras and what they choose to do with their lives. I just want more of the premise! It has so much potential!
The Cronus Club and their methods of communicating with each other made me smile and my one criticism for that would be I would have loved to see more of it and have it play a larger role in the story if only for my amusement.
I would recommend The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August to everyone, seriously, the writing is fantastic and the premise is original and has so much potential it’s unreal. Plus there are some really great characters and following their lives is part of the many joys of this book!
Have you read The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August? What did you think? Would you want to read something like this? I would love to hear any recommendations if they are anything like this book!