Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Unfinished Book: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Title The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Author Claire North

Release Date April 8, 2014

The extraordinary journey of one unforgettable character - a story of friendship and betrayal, loyalty and redemption, love and loneliness and the inevitable march of time.

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says. 'I need to send a message.'

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.

I said once before that I had to be in the right frame of mind whenever I read science fiction. That's true. However, when I saw so many good reviews of this book on Goodreads, I figured that I'd somehow magically fall into the right frame of mind whenever I started reading. So, I requested this book from Netgalley and was pretty happy whenever I was approved to read it.

Unfortunately, no magic spell was cast whenever I started reading The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. I wasn't suddenly compelled to read this book for hours on end, it didn't grab my intention, and I even debated whether or not I wanted to continue reading it at all. In the end, I decided to let this one go unfinished. And while I have mixed feelings about this (and I may even return to this book one day), I feel it's the best decision for now.

Even though I decided to stop reading it, I think this book is very well written. I think that those that enjoy sci fi will greatly enjoy this book (just look at the positive reviews on Goodreads). At this time, though, it's just not for me.


No rating since I didn't finish the book.

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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