Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Fifteen Lives of Harry August-Claire North

The Fifteen Lives of Harry August-Claire North

the facts
satisfaction: up
pages: 405
gender: F
nationality: UK
year: 2014
novel
Harry August is a time traveler-of sorts. Every time he dies, he returns to his birth. He is not the only one and that is both a good and a bad thing.

This was a masterful management of various very difficult to balance plot types-time travel and apocalypse. The narrator is likeable but not lovable. With his ouroboran status, he's not too relatable (I certainly do not die and return to my birth and nor do I feel the ennui of returning to my childhood). These ouroborans are a bit bored of their lives partially because they avoid the usual pitfalls of time travel-paradox-by not doing anything to change history (inaction as a tactic). However, someone does not follow this plan so the plot picks up as Harry figures out who is it and how to stop them. Nothing is explained in terms that would go over the head of the typical reader but it stands up to basic logic and so belief is easily suspended and draws you into this world.

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