The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
by Claire North
Wow. When someone at my book club recommended this I was less than excited, it was described as a science fiction time travel meets end of the world novel. Not really my genres. However from page one I was hooked.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is so clever, it is science fiction and it is time travel and I have to change my attitudes to these genres!
Harry August is described as a kalachakra, a man who is reborn at the same point in time over and over with his memories intact. So 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. That is until someone starts playing with the future. Someone, sometime is changing history for the worse and it’s up to Harry to figure out how to discover what’s going on and put a stop to it.
It’s actually very difficult to write a review on this book without giving anything away! It is beautifully written and clearly the author has an excellent knowledge of history.
Claire North is actually Catherine Webb, a YA author with far to much talent, who wrote her first book at the age of 14. Catherine also writes under the pseudonym Kate Griffen.c