The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

18310561This is a book that blurs the line between fiction and science fiction. It tells the story of Harry August, a man that seem capable of living an infinite amount of lives. He join him on his fifteenth. Every time he dies, he is born again at the same time in the same place. He also remembers every life, all the knowledge he has learnt says with him. In one lifetime, he becomes a doctor to understand his condition. In other more reckless ones, he moves away to avoid the Second World War, letting it run its course without interfering.

The narrative does jumps around between his lifetimes but the author, Claire North, is very clear on where we are, stating which life time it is. Like many supernatural powers, there’s a society that want to control those that possess it. On one of his many death beds, a young girl brings August a message that the world is coming to an end, much sooner than they have ever seen.

Despite the protagonist’s supernatural power, this books is essentially a mystery novel and August pieces together the clues. He’s not a typical hero, he’s flawed and reckless, but you can be reckless when you can’t die. He’s mission takes him all over the world, he sometimes succeeds, but with each life, come new problems. It’s a thrilling read that keeps you gripped and askes deeper questions. If you knew the outcome of a world war, would you change the course? It’s all over Doctor Who but better.