Friday, July 17, 2015

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - Book Review

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry AugustThe First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Time travel or multiple life stories seems to be a genre that I find myself gravitating to lately. First it was Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and then the movie About Time with Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson. If I could choose a super power it would be the ability to pause time and still move around in the magic space where all other temporal rules have been placed on pause. I was first introduced to the idea in the 1985 Twilight Zone episode "A Little Peace and Quiet." That story had a darker tone and heart breaking dilemna for the protagonist to deal with, I would hope, if I had the power, that I would not be faced with Penny's choice.

Claire North breathes life in the character of Harry August, a child conceived in rape and despair. His first life ends, like all our lives will, only to find himself born again, in the same circumstances but fully aware of his previous life. Young Harry part 2 loses his mind, a small child trapped in the duality of two lives, and throws himself from a window. The third version of Harry, aware of lives one and two, takes a little more pragmatic approach to his existence and thus begins a story that brings in the best of sci-fi, espionage, political intrigue and deception.


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