Monday 19 July 2021

Book Review | Meet Me In Another Life by Catriona Silvey

Publication Date: July 8th 2021 by HarperVoyager
Format: Netgalley ARC
Target Audience: Adult
Content warnings: References to suicide


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.





My Thoughts

 "It's not one choice. It's a hundred choices, every single day, and all of them matter."

Imagine my suprise when an email showed up in my inbox with an exclusive download for HarperVoyagers next big fantasy debut! Meet Me in Another Life is a fantasy with strong sci-fi elements that examines how two people are linked through multiple different lives and what this mysterious bond truly means. 
Recommended to me after I adored Threadneedle by Cari Thomas, I couldn't wait to start reading this unique and captivating story. From the very beginning I was enthralled by these two characters that have such a strong connection that you can feel immediately, an extremely important element as we watch them grow and learn more about themselves and the extraordinary situation they're in. 
The writing is strong with a lot of interesting things to say, the author talks about quantum physics and reincarnation and everything that goes with it which at times went a little over my head but Silvey did it in a way that had me eager to learn more about these topics rather then making me want to rip my hair out of a lack of understanding! Silvey is clearly a very clever writer with a strong grasp on language and science without alienating the reader. The pacing was also a strong point, each chapter being a new life for both of them meant that I was gripped to find out what exactly was happening to them. 

Thora and Santi were compelling characters with a contrast in their beliefs and personalities that made their dynamic all that more believable. They clearly care about each other but have a tendency to butt heads at times too when their opinions clash. I loved that we got to explore their relationship through different pairings as well, sometimes one of them would be significantly older then the other; sometimes they were teacher and student, brother and sister etc. It was a really interesting way to build that bond between them and to see how they interact with each other in different circumstances. 

I fully enjoyed my time reading this book, it broke my heart at times but was a beautiful story about the connection between two people. The ending was superb too, the author is so creative and I loved how everything connected together. This was a fantastic genre-bending debut that examines the choices we make and how our lives intersect with those around us. Looking forward to whatever Catriona Silvey puts out next!
* I received an ARC copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Any quotes included in this review are subject to change. Massive thank you to HarperVoyager for providing me with a review copy.

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