ARC REVIEW: Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey

*Thank you to Harper Voyager for the eARC of this wonderful book*

First of all: that cover!!! I read this book on kindle last week but have already ordered the stunning hardback edition because I just couldn’t resist…

Meet Me in Another Life tells the story of Santi and Thora as they meet again, and again, and again, in the same place, at the same time, across many different lives. In what may be fate or a coincidence, the two are drawn together across so many lifetimes that the question soon changes from ‘what is happening?’ to ‘why?’ and it becomes clear that they must work together, despite their consistently differing outlooks, to figure it all out.

This book is unlike anything I’ve read before. The way that it is structured, almost making each chapter a stand-alone short story about Santi and Thora, makes it a very quick read, but the questions that the characters pose to each other are often quite philosophical and challenging. Despite this, and the constantly shifting scenarios, it was really easy to get completely sucked in and start theorising my own explanations for their constant meetings. I got through this entire book in a day, desperately waiting for them to figure it all out.

Santi and Thora were fascinating characters and the way their many lifetimes took a toll on them and changed them in each chapter was really interesting to see. Thora especially altered so significantly in the story, but also somehow remained believable, that I was really impressed by how strong her character’s personality was. A lot of this story revolved around the characters finding and understanding themselves, and I think this was done really well. I also loved the way we got to see their characters almost stripped down to the recurring elements of their personalities so that we could really understand why they thought what they did, and see if so many lifetimes could possibly change that.

It took me a while to figure out what was happening towards the beginning, and the major differences in certain lifetimes did throw me off, but I enjoyed every chapter all the same and found myself especially invested in the ending (which did not disappoint). It’s definitely sci-fi but this only comes out in occasional parts of the book and I’d consider it a worthwhile read even for sceptics of the sci-fi genre. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone that is looking for something unique, or for a book that really makes you think.

Rating: 4/5

Meet Me in Another Life publishes in the UK on July 8th!

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