A sci-fi novel where an immortal man relives his life multiple times, receiving a message that the world is in danger, leading him to uncover a centuries-old conflict and make choices to protect the timeline.
"The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August" is a science fiction novel written by Claire North and published in 2014. The story revolves around Harry August, a man who repeatedly lives his life over and over again, each time starting anew with all the memories of his previous lives intact.
Harry August is a member of the Cronus Club, a secretive society of individuals known as "Ouroborans" who are destined to be reborn and relive their lives multiple times. As Harry progresses through his lives, he discovers that there are others like him and that they communicate with each other through messages sent back in time.
However, Harry's existence takes an unexpected turn when he receives a message from a future version of himself. The message reveals that the world is on the brink of disaster and that someone within the society is altering history in dangerous ways. Determined to uncover the truth and save the world, Harry embarks on a journey across different lifetimes and historical periods.
Through his experiences, Harry uncovers a centuries-old conflict between two factions of Ouroborans—one seeking to maintain the natural order of time and the other seeking to manipulate it for their own gain. As he navigates the complexities of his existence, Harry must confront the ethical dilemmas of his immortality and make difficult choices to protect the timeline and preserve the future.
"The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August" is a thought-provoking exploration of themes such as identity, free will, and the consequences of time travel. Claire North weaves a captivating narrative filled with intrigue, suspense, and philosophical musings, taking readers on a thrilling journey through multiple lifetimes as Harry August strives to uncover the secrets of his existence and shape the course of history.