Published by Harper Collins Australia on April 27th, 2021
Genres: Adult, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction
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Two people. Infinite lifetimes. One impossible choice.
Thora and Santi are strangers in a foreign city when a chance encounter intertwines their fates. At once, they recognize in each other a kindred spirit—someone who shares their insatiable curiosity, who is longing for more in life than the cards they’ve been dealt. Only days later, though, a tragic accident cuts their story short.
But this is only one of the many connections they share. Like satellites trapped in orbit around each other, Thora and Santi are destined to meet again: as a teacher and prodigy student; a caretaker and dying patient; a cynic and a believer. In numerous lives they become friends, colleagues, lovers, and enemies. But as blurred memories and strange patterns compound, Thora and Santi come to a shocking revelation—they must discover the truth of their mysterious attachment before their many lives come to one, final end.
The Good things
- I was part of a Tandem Collective Global readalong for this book and I’m glad I was! It was a marvellous book and an interesting blend of sci fi and literary fiction.
- Really fascinating concept that kept me intrigued the entire way through.
- Each chapter felt like its own little short story, especially in the beginning before the plot connections became stronger.
- The more I think about this story, the more I love it. I‘m so impressed by all the subtle foreshadowing. I missed it as I was reading, but once I got to the end and saw it all come together… I’m in awe.
- I loved that we got to explore so many different types of relationships between the two main characters, and that so few of them were romantic relationships!
- Some LGBTQ+ rep! Thora has romantic relationships with men and women (but never gave a specific label for her sexuality).
The Not-So-Good Things
- Because the characters changed lifetimes every chapter, I struggled to connect to the characters a bit at the beginning. They’d just start to grow on you and suddenly the timelines changed and they’d be slightly different.
- I would have liked to spend a bit more time with the character after the ending! All my questions about the plot of the book were answered, but I want to know more about the events and context surrounding it all! That was really difficult to vaguely describe without giving away any spoilers haha!
This was a really fascinating read! I really enjoyed exploring the concept and am more impressed by all the subtle foreshadowing the more I think about this book.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
TW: Suicide, cancer
Thank you to HarperCollins Australia for providing me with a copy of this book, and Tandem Collective Global for inviting me to be part of the readalong.
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