The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. By Claire North. Redhook Books/Hachette Book Group, 2014. 405 pages.
Harry August has been born into the same life many times, always at the same time in history, which does not change. In his third life, he discovers he is not alone but one of many Kalachakra, men and women who live the same lives again and again, who can only be killed through changes in history which ensure that they are never born.
When the Kalachakra start disappearing from all of time and history begins speeding up, with technological advances showing up decades before they ever have before, it may be up to Harry August to save not only the Khalachakra, but all of the world.
Character-driven with a strong focus on friendship which borders on the romantic, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is both compelling and bittersweet. A possible introduction to science fiction for fans of literary fiction or an unusual twist for alternate history readers.