The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North follows Harry August, who is mostly human. Although bound by standard laws of physics like everyone else, whenever Harry dies (of old age, war, disease, etc.) he is re-born again in the same life in the exact same way, but this time, he remembers everything of his past lives. Harry meets others throughout history with the same powers and learns about "The Chronus Club" an organization that has existed since the beginning of time to aid and assist other immortals while forever remaining in the shadows. North pulls the readers in with an exposition of Harry's first few lives as he becomes a doctor, a soldier, and a monk. But as Harry becomes more acquainted with "The Chronus Club" he learns that even immortals have their own forms of death, the loss (or removal) of memory, wiping the slate clean so to speak, or to never be born erasing their entire existence. The plot takes a twist as Harry begins to learn that the world is ending in the future, and many immortals like himself are being killed, hunted, by another immortal. But to stop him Harry must continue reliving his lives to get closer and closer to the killer. A cerebral sci-fi novel and a great introduction for readers who may not always be interested in the genre, or reading for that matter. **A word of note, I really enjoyed this novel but do not often read sci-fi and am male. Another employee who is female and reads a ton of young adult novels as well didn't enjoy the novel as much as I did, so some readers may not find as much interest in Harry August as I did!
Forced to relive his life over and over again, Harry August receives a message on his eleventh death bed from a little girl who tells him that the world is about to end, and it is up to him to stop it.