Review: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Imagine you would live forever. Well, not forever. Imagine you will live again and again, the same life, born to the same parents, in the same part of the globe, in the same era. You will be born as any other babe but, eventually, some time in your pre-school years, you will regain consciousness of your previous lives and the wisdom of all your previous experiences and education. What do you do? Suffer through adolescence again? Become a doctor this time? A hermit? Use your knowledge of future world events to prevent war or get rich and luxuriate in your good fortune? Or, will you use the cumulative knowledge of all the ages to aolve the question of life, the universe, and everything, regardless of the cost to the mortals around you?

North (a pseudonym) poses these questions and creates a believable world and a believable cadre of humans who have this very experience. Four stars for inventiveness. Three because I wasn’t 100% sucked in to the central dilemma or any of the characters. There’s lots to think and talk about, though, and I loved the way she created a mechanism for the stretched out generations to communicate with one an other. Well worth the time spent!

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