Publication date: April 8, 2014
Source: I received this e-galley from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Yes, the blog has been kinda quiet - quieter than usual. But I've been working my tail off finishing my teacher portfolio, wrapping up grades, and dealing with the Seniors' graduation projects. And in between all that, reading a really good book! Not only good, but the longest book I've ever read completely on my Kindle - and fiction at that. (Breaking all kinds of records for myself here...typically mid-sized nonfiction is my Kindle fare).
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August caught my eye because the summary (and title) talks about a man who dies and is born again, repeating the process of death to birth over and over, unable to die. I loved Kate Atkinson's Life After Life and so I didn't hesitate to jump on this one.
Also unlike Ursula, Harry is not alone. There are numerous of his kind, usually living quiet lives so as not to disturb the regular flow of the world. But there are others who live for their own purposes, regardless of the havoc it may cause around them. At the end of his 11th life, a little girl (one of his kind, recently restarting another life) approaches Harry with a message - the world is ending. How? Why? What is Harry to do with this information in his next life? As the Amazon summary says, "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."
If you liked Life After Life, you should read this. If you didn't, read this one anyway. It's different in set up, purpose, and writing style.
Did you like Life After Life? Aren't you curious how two novels on the same topic would compare?