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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 s 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.


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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 s 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.

30 review for Meet Me in Another Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    This Feral Housewife

    This book... wow. It will make you look at life a bit different. It’s a story that makes you root got the main characters while still thinking that it’s never going to happen. A great book and story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ellen | reading_theend

    I requested this book in a whim after seeing @franzencomesalive raving about it on Twitter, and I’m so happy I did because I loved it. It’s got magic and mystery, romance and angst, and yet it defies categorization. I find that some of my favorite books are a mishmash of elements from various genres, and this one is no exception. I don’t want to say too much because the mystery of what the hell is going on is so much of the fun of this book, but basically two people keep meeting in life after li I requested this book in a whim after seeing @franzencomesalive raving about it on Twitter, and I’m so happy I did because I loved it. It’s got magic and mystery, romance and angst, and yet it defies categorization. I find that some of my favorite books are a mishmash of elements from various genres, and this one is no exception. I don’t want to say too much because the mystery of what the hell is going on is so much of the fun of this book, but basically two people keep meeting in life after life — always in different roles — and slowly start to realize that they’re the only ones aware that they’re repeating their lives. They alternate between working to figure out why, and just living with the mystery. It’s really a fun, sad, profound, cool ride, and I highly recommend it. Oh and it’s casually queer, which I also loved. Thanks to William Morrow for sending me an advanced copy! It’s out April 27.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Thanks to HarperCollins and Net Galley for this ARC. Meet Me In Another Life started very strong for me. The ideas of time travel, multiple versions of yourself, and parallel universes have always fascinated me. Reading the first several times that Thora and Santi lived, met, and interacted with each other were interesting. The middle third of the book became a little tedious though and it felt and little flat, I found myself wondering if this was going anywhere and if we would find out any mean Thanks to HarperCollins and Net Galley for this ARC. Meet Me In Another Life started very strong for me. The ideas of time travel, multiple versions of yourself, and parallel universes have always fascinated me. Reading the first several times that Thora and Santi lived, met, and interacted with each other were interesting. The middle third of the book became a little tedious though and it felt and little flat, I found myself wondering if this was going anywhere and if we would find out any meaning about why this was happening. The plot picked up again towards the end and there was a twist that I did not see coming. The end of the book was mostly satisfying though it did leave me with a few questions. Overall enjoyable though I’m not sure of this would be a strong recommendation of mine to other readers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Singrey

    Thora and Santi share a meet-cute and a love of the stars, and then one of them dies tragically. But then they meet again in their next life, then again, and again, and again. Sometimes, they're lovers. Other times, colleagues, friends, and once, he's even her dad. Certain people repeat as well. In each life, they find a clocktower, where the time has frozen at a different point. Santi becomes obsessed with finding the pattern and meaning behind it, while Thora tries to live her perfect life. Th Thora and Santi share a meet-cute and a love of the stars, and then one of them dies tragically. But then they meet again in their next life, then again, and again, and again. Sometimes, they're lovers. Other times, colleagues, friends, and once, he's even her dad. Certain people repeat as well. In each life, they find a clocktower, where the time has frozen at a different point. Santi becomes obsessed with finding the pattern and meaning behind it, while Thora tries to live her perfect life. This is an interesting take on past lives. It kept me intrigued all the way through to the surprising conclusion. A part of me wished they were star-crossed lovers in all the lives, but that's not the story the author was trying to tell. This story has some beautiful musings on the meaning of life and the power of the choices we make.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Meet Me in Another Life is a combination of General Fiction, Literary Fiction and Science Fiction. I wanted to read this book, because I love the idea of fate and I thought that this book would be an epic romance. But honestly this book was so different from what I was expecting. Thora and Santi keep meeting each other in different lives. But romance is not the focus. In some worlds they become friends. In some they become colleagues. In the rare case they become lovers. And sometimes they are ene Meet Me in Another Life is a combination of General Fiction, Literary Fiction and Science Fiction. I wanted to read this book, because I love the idea of fate and I thought that this book would be an epic romance. But honestly this book was so different from what I was expecting. Thora and Santi keep meeting each other in different lives. But romance is not the focus. In some worlds they become friends. In some they become colleagues. In the rare case they become lovers. And sometimes they are enemies. The beginning was very bizarre. And I honestly had no idea if I was reading contemporary or fantasy or what. In each chapter they meet each other no matter what time/dimension/universe they are in. The book is divided into three parts. It almost reads like a bunch of short stories. Each story features the same two characters. But they are different ages in each story. This is a creative idea. But I thought that there would maybe be three stories with the couple falling in love in each dimension. But that is not what this story is at all. It is unique and different. But things only start to make sense towards the end. Each story was good. But I'm not really a fan of short stories. And that is what most of this book felt like. I really wanted an epic love story. But in most of these stories they are not even a couple. As the book goes on it definitely seemed more like a novel. And it was interesting to see how the two characters acted. However, the explanation at the end was super weird and not very satisfying. Thanks to edelweiss and William Morrow for allowing me to read this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Meaghan

    Meet Me in Another Life is a completely unique & unforgettable debut. Each chapter we explore Cologne through different iterations of Santi and Thora. In each tale, their relationship to each other changes, as do details about their current lives, though core characteristics stay the same. Some threads remain as constant reminders of who they have been and are like little Easter eggs for the reader to discover (the significance of a fox, a tattoo of stars, an ever present but never properly func Meet Me in Another Life is a completely unique & unforgettable debut. Each chapter we explore Cologne through different iterations of Santi and Thora. In each tale, their relationship to each other changes, as do details about their current lives, though core characteristics stay the same. Some threads remain as constant reminders of who they have been and are like little Easter eggs for the reader to discover (the significance of a fox, a tattoo of stars, an ever present but never properly functioning clock tower). As readers we are uncovering clues about these relationships along with the characters, trying to solve the puzzle of how everything is connected before the next life begins. This book is very clever and beautifully done. Some stories ('or 'lives") of Santi & Thora pack more of a punch than others but each is an important puzzle piece leading up to the heartbreaking ending. It's impossible to classify this type of book but if you enjoy character studies, you would definitely enjoy this story. Many thanks to Netgalley and William Morrow for the ARC.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I seriously cannot stop thinking about this book. It went in a COMPLETELY different direction from what I was expecting and I’m still conflicted about how I feel about it. I can’t really write a full review or even say the genre without giving everything away so just know that it was written beautifully and the attention to detail was incredible. Eventually I might even reread it because I’m sure there are things that I didn’t catch. Go into this one with an open mind and I guarantee you will be I seriously cannot stop thinking about this book. It went in a COMPLETELY different direction from what I was expecting and I’m still conflicted about how I feel about it. I can’t really write a full review or even say the genre without giving everything away so just know that it was written beautifully and the attention to detail was incredible. Eventually I might even reread it because I’m sure there are things that I didn’t catch. Go into this one with an open mind and I guarantee you will be surprised.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Thank you to Netgalley and William Morrow Publishing for a gifted physical/digital copy of Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey in exchange for an honest review. This story follows the different realities that two characters, Santiago and Thora find themselves in. In one reality they are brother and sister, but once they die in that reality they find themselves in a new reality where they are husband and wife. Initially, the two characters are unaware of these simulations, but it eventuall Thank you to Netgalley and William Morrow Publishing for a gifted physical/digital copy of Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey in exchange for an honest review. This story follows the different realities that two characters, Santiago and Thora find themselves in. In one reality they are brother and sister, but once they die in that reality they find themselves in a new reality where they are husband and wife. Initially, the two characters are unaware of these simulations, but it eventually makes them ponder how they keep returning to each other and why they are stuck in this predicament. This book ended up not being what I was expecting in a good way. I loved the concept of each chapter being a new story starring Santi and Thora as different characters that somehow know each other, it gave a fresh story line every few pages that kept me as a reader entertained and remaining engulfed within the pages. Initially this story reminded me a bit of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and Oona Out of Order, but then it took a turn way out in left field and felt more like the Interstellar movie on the back end of the novel. I will avoid further discussion on what made me draw comparisons to one of my favorite movies, but as a science nerd, this was an unexpected and fantastic surprise. The only thing holding me back from going to 5 stars with this review was how abrupt the final 100 pages of the book were and how this took away from the overall premise advertised for this story. You really had to focus on all the details the author provided in order to comprehend how epic this all ties together. This was a fantastic debut novel and I will be intrigued to see what Catriona writes in the future!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Book It Forward)

    This book was such an amazing ride! I really haven't read anything like it, and that is something I am always looking for. This was a beautiful story with layers and layers of ever changing world building. The best part was how invested I got in the story waiting to figure out why these two people kept finding themselves in each life they lived. No spoilers here, but this is a must read! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this advanced copy. All opinions are my own. :) This book was such an amazing ride! I really haven't read anything like it, and that is something I am always looking for. This was a beautiful story with layers and layers of ever changing world building. The best part was how invested I got in the story waiting to figure out why these two people kept finding themselves in each life they lived. No spoilers here, but this is a must read! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this advanced copy. All opinions are my own. :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I read this book for work and I can’t recommend it enough. I think the more times you read it the more you find. Unpredictable and beautifully written.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Flo

    I went into this knowing very little about this book, and while I enjoyed it, I do wish I had known it was sci-fi. Here are some things I liked: - the pacing: a page-turner, I couldn't put it down, and whenever I started to think I was getting tired of one storyline/plot, it switched gears just in time. - the characters: in the first chapter, they may seem a little cliche, but even then there is a bit of depth to Thora & Santi. I loved how they changed & stayed the same, much as people do. I was I went into this knowing very little about this book, and while I enjoyed it, I do wish I had known it was sci-fi. Here are some things I liked: - the pacing: a page-turner, I couldn't put it down, and whenever I started to think I was getting tired of one storyline/plot, it switched gears just in time. - the characters: in the first chapter, they may seem a little cliche, but even then there is a bit of depth to Thora & Santi. I loved how they changed & stayed the same, much as people do. I was fully invested in what happened to these characters. - the relationships: again, the ways the relationships evolve are fantastic. I cried early on in this book. - the writing: occasionally heavy-handed, but mostly deft and thoughtful. - some of it's ideas on attraction & love What I didn't like falls under two categories. One, is mostly on me. This was not the book for me at this time. I was looking for something romantic & uplifting, and this book is neither of those. That is NOT a bad thing--this book is many other good things--but I think the blurb (and the comparison to The Time Traveler's Wife) can sell people on romantic & uplifting. There is romance, but it's a subplot, and while I would call it a love story, but not a traditional romantic one. The second category of what I didn't like is mostly spoilers, so continue reading for SPOILERS. I am about to spoil a big mystery in the book so BE WARNED. Seriously SPOILERS. (view spoiler)[ As soon as you find out it's a simulation, a lot of the thoughtful questions & conversations that Thora and Santi have had for the first part of the book lose their significance. I also hated the ending, which I won't spoil, but it was very rushed and I didn't really understand the point. Maybe it doesn't need a point, but I also don't want it to be pointless. and that's very much how the last 10% felt. (hide spoiler)] Overall, if you like time travel-type things, unconventional love stories, stories about friendships, and page turners, I think you might like this. I don't think it holds up too well if you think about it too much, but it's a fun way to pass the time. **Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.**

  12. 5 out of 5

    Belinda M

    *Source: NetGalley; ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review I was excited to read this but then wasn’t as excited as I was reading it. There’s nothing wrong with the book. In fact, I thought the story was interesting even if Part I drove me a little batty because it felt like several short stories and no point. Part II got better and the ending in Part III was bittersweet. My problem is that certain plot points that wouldn’t have been bothersome to me in the past, have unfortun *Source: NetGalley; ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review I was excited to read this but then wasn’t as excited as I was reading it. There’s nothing wrong with the book. In fact, I thought the story was interesting even if Part I drove me a little batty because it felt like several short stories and no point. Part II got better and the ending in Part III was bittersweet. My problem is that certain plot points that wouldn’t have been bothersome to me in the past, have unfortunately, recently become so. It’s not the author’s fault; it’s just bad timing and me projecting my own experience. As well done as it was, some of it was just too emotionally raw for me and I was not ready for it. Anyway, it’s good. The twist, which is pretty fantastic, makes sense of some of the peculiar details in the earlier stories in Part I. It’s just that it wasn’t the right moment in time for me to read it. ⚠️ Content Warning ⚠️ - - - - - cancer, brain tumor, deaths,

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Each chapter consists of a vignette from the lives of Santi and Thora while they are living in Cologne. In each one, they are different ages and have a different relationship to one another. It is strange to think Thora as the advisor in one and Santi as the parent in the next. Sometimes they are the same age, most times they’re not. It got a little tedious until they started to remember their previous lives. We see them search for meaning, filled with hope and despair until they finally figure Each chapter consists of a vignette from the lives of Santi and Thora while they are living in Cologne. In each one, they are different ages and have a different relationship to one another. It is strange to think Thora as the advisor in one and Santi as the parent in the next. Sometimes they are the same age, most times they’re not. It got a little tedious until they started to remember their previous lives. We see them search for meaning, filled with hope and despair until they finally figure it all out at the very end of the book. Pretty much the only reason to keep reading to the end is out of curiosity. It was okay, but there are much better books to spend your time with. Big thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gerrie

    Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey is a genre-defying novel. It cannot be assigned a category, as it is fiction and fantasy, a love story and a tragedy, scientific and spiritual, riddled with nuances and complexities. The entire story is told in a series of vignettes. Thora and Santiago meet in Cologne, Germany. They are at times lovers, colleagues, student and teacher, siblings, doctor and patient, and a married couple. Their lives intersect over and over, at different ages and situation Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey is a genre-defying novel. It cannot be assigned a category, as it is fiction and fantasy, a love story and a tragedy, scientific and spiritual, riddled with nuances and complexities. The entire story is told in a series of vignettes. Thora and Santiago meet in Cologne, Germany. They are at times lovers, colleagues, student and teacher, siblings, doctor and patient, and a married couple. Their lives intersect over and over, at different ages and situations. While some of the scenarios are sweet and quirky, others are very serious and sad. Thora is the most complete character in the book and she exhibits a thoughtfulness about the human condition, musing “”Does everyone feel the hunger to live every life, to exist as every possible version of herself?” She is at times a nihilist, a dreamer and an explorer. Santi’s character is less revealed. He is of an artistic nature and seems more positive overall, as he appreciates that “again and again, we have been given another chance” to live more lives. The existential nature of the characters’ discussions made this a challenging read for me at times. It was sometimes difficult for me to track the times and relationships of he characters from chapter to chapter. There are recurring minor characters, and there is the symbolism of the clock tower, the lighthouse and the man in the blue suit. In a way, this felt like the ultimate time-travel story as Thora and Santi ping among places, ages and living situations. The conclusion is terrifying and incredibly moving. Complex and beautifully written, it is a larger-than-life love story, capturing the hope and despair of humanity. Thank you to William Morrow/HarperCollinsPublishers and NetGalley for the ARC. This is my unbiased review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I don't know how to accurate describe reading this book. It was so many things rolled into one. Thora and Santi can't seem to get away from each other. They're spouses, or friends, siblings or stangers. They're together and then they're not. They find their way back again, only to be too old/too young. To barely miss each other, or find each other too early. Thora and Santi meet again and again, life after life, always changing relationships. The outer characters rotate around them, sometimes th I don't know how to accurate describe reading this book. It was so many things rolled into one. Thora and Santi can't seem to get away from each other. They're spouses, or friends, siblings or stangers. They're together and then they're not. They find their way back again, only to be too old/too young. To barely miss each other, or find each other too early. Thora and Santi meet again and again, life after life, always changing relationships. The outer characters rotate around them, sometimes the same, sometimes different. But Thora and Santi are always the same. Why? I don't want to give anything away so this will be a very vague review. Silvey has done a superb job at creating and re-creating these two characters again and again, with their own cores in tact as they navigate through life and love and loss over and over again. It's like watching different films but with the same actors cast each time in different roles. I love how they interact, their meetings and relationships. I love what they learn and what they fight about. Taking a step back, it's a lovely case study of two souls who have the rare opportunity to grow together and apart again and again. The second part of the novel becomes something else entirely and that is fine by me. It blends perfectly with what we already know about these two characters, giving way to an urgency that really propels the book forward to the last page. I took my time reading this one. It's not to be missed.

  16. 5 out of 5

    talon smith

    I see a lot of hate for this story in the reviews and while I can understand where it comes from-- I loved it for the reasons that people hated it. The inconsistent timeline was my favorite part of this book. It made me feel like I was reading all of these mini-stories on how people can be connected to each other. It made every chapter new and fresh and fun for me. So, while I understand how people could not enjoy this story, I both liked it and didn't like it. I can't put into words without spoi I see a lot of hate for this story in the reviews and while I can understand where it comes from-- I loved it for the reasons that people hated it. The inconsistent timeline was my favorite part of this book. It made me feel like I was reading all of these mini-stories on how people can be connected to each other. It made every chapter new and fresh and fun for me. So, while I understand how people could not enjoy this story, I both liked it and didn't like it. I can't put into words without spoiling what made me un-like it so much. But this book is definitely the sort of book that you love or you hate it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    What a unique read. A near perfect book that I devoured in a couple of days. Thora and Santi live many different lives together as lovers,siblings,student- teacher,co-workers, supervisor-grad student...but why? There are many constants in their different lives and all lead to the mystery of choices and how does anyone know they are making the "right" choice. This author is new to me and I will definitely search her out. Anyone who explains pain as "grief drunk" gets my vote. If I had enough money What a unique read. A near perfect book that I devoured in a couple of days. Thora and Santi live many different lives together as lovers,siblings,student- teacher,co-workers, supervisor-grad student...but why? There are many constants in their different lives and all lead to the mystery of choices and how does anyone know they are making the "right" choice. This author is new to me and I will definitely search her out. Anyone who explains pain as "grief drunk" gets my vote. If I had enough money I would buy the movie rights!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Karen Frey

    Not sure what I just read, but it kept me guessing until the end!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Konet

    I absolutely loved this book so much!!! The cover is pretty, the synopsis made me intrigued to read it and so glad I did. The whole back had intrigue and mystery with a smattering of romance. Love the characterization of Thora and Santiago. Once I got a few chapters in, the story really took off. I had to finish this, and it only took 2.5 days.. If you are not much of a reader or want a different kind of a mystery, you NEED TO REAS THIS!! You will not be sorry. Highly recommended. I would gladly I absolutely loved this book so much!!! The cover is pretty, the synopsis made me intrigued to read it and so glad I did. The whole back had intrigue and mystery with a smattering of romance. Love the characterization of Thora and Santiago. Once I got a few chapters in, the story really took off. I had to finish this, and it only took 2.5 days.. If you are not much of a reader or want a different kind of a mystery, you NEED TO REAS THIS!! You will not be sorry. Highly recommended. I would gladly read anything written by this author. PLEASE write more! All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Netgalley, Catriona Silvey and William Morrow & Custom House for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Available: 4/27/21

  20. 5 out of 5

    Megan Tristao

    02.01.2021: Liberty Hardy described this book as "Addie LaRue meets The Time Traveler's Wife" on the Nerdette podcast, so I'm interested! 02.01.2021: Liberty Hardy described this book as "Addie LaRue meets The Time Traveler's Wife" on the Nerdette podcast, so I'm interested!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Exceptional tale involving two characters who circle one another through multiple lives, always changing their relationship to one another yet maintaining their core personalities and essential questions about the meaning of life. MEET ME IN ANOTHER LIFE manages to create drama while slowly increasing the mystery of what is propelling these characters through time. They have an awareness of change and as readers, so do we. Author Catriona Silver uses a deft touch in keeping the tale afloat and t Exceptional tale involving two characters who circle one another through multiple lives, always changing their relationship to one another yet maintaining their core personalities and essential questions about the meaning of life. MEET ME IN ANOTHER LIFE manages to create drama while slowly increasing the mystery of what is propelling these characters through time. They have an awareness of change and as readers, so do we. Author Catriona Silver uses a deft touch in keeping the tale afloat and the mystery of it all just outside of reach. This is a delight to read. I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nerdette Podcast

    This didn't quiiite work for me. The characters are great, and it's a fascinating premise, and the reveal is pretty awesome. But the way the story unfolds felt slow at some points and rushed at others. This didn't quiiite work for me. The characters are great, and it's a fascinating premise, and the reveal is pretty awesome. But the way the story unfolds felt slow at some points and rushed at others.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bess Korey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked this book a lot, and how it often felt unpredictable (I find too many books predictable, so that is definitely meant to be a huge compliment). It had me on the edge of my seat until the big twist was revealed. I am going to mention what that is soon, so it is best to skip reading any further if you want to remain unspoiled. I listened to Meet Me In Another Life on audiobook. I really enjoyed the narration and would recommend it in that format, since it brings the book to life. I'd I really liked this book a lot, and how it often felt unpredictable (I find too many books predictable, so that is definitely meant to be a huge compliment). It had me on the edge of my seat until the big twist was revealed. I am going to mention what that is soon, so it is best to skip reading any further if you want to remain unspoiled. I listened to Meet Me In Another Life on audiobook. I really enjoyed the narration and would recommend it in that format, since it brings the book to life. I'd say it was about 3 hours before the end when that big twist happened (the book is 11 hours total, so it was more than halfway through when that reveal occurred). I had an inkling of what that surprising plot revelation might be, and was hoping it wouldn't go the same direction as the U.S. version of Life on Mars (which is the inferior remake of the original U.K. show). But unfortunately it did. This knocked down the book's rating by a star for me (it was at 5 stars before that), and also caused my interest in the ending to wane a bit. I still wanted to finish the book, but wasn't as excited about it after that. Please stop reading now if you don't want to be spoiled about Life On Mars (the U.S. version, I don't really talk much about how the U.K. version ends). Keep in mind that this was a show that aired over ten years ago. But I'll still give you a chance to stop reading, if you haven't seen that show before, and plan on doing so in the future. Okay, so here is where the spoilers start. This book was totally reminding me of Life on Mars, and I mean that in a good way. Since the U.K. version is one of my all time favorite TV shows, I enjoyed being able to draw parallels between the two. The fact that the main characters in this book (Thora and Santi) were living in alternate realties, like they do on both versions of that TV show, and you have to guess why they've found themselves in other existences, was definitely fun. I am not sure how well this book would hold up in repeat reads once the twist is known though. I love the original U.K. version of Life on Mars and how it ends. But the U.S. remake has a totally different ending, which involves the time travel back to the '70s actually being a simulated reality that astronauts are experiencing while traveling through space. I had an inkling that the same kind of twist was happening in Meet Me in Another Life, before it was revealed, and was disappointed that I ended up being right about the similarities (they don't time travel to the '70s in the book, but they are astronauts traveling in space that are experiencing a simulated reality). I guess I was hoping for something different. I am not saying this author purposely ripped off the U.S. version of Life on Mars. That might not be the case. But my dislike of that TV show's ending carried over to how I felt about this book. Did I still enjoy the book despite my disappointment with the end? Yes. I thought there were a lot of good things about it. Especially how fleshed out Thora and Santi were. They had very individual and distinct personalities (in all of their lives). I really grew to care about them, and enjoyed learning about their trials and tribulations. The rest of the characters weren't as well written unfortunately. I do think it was wrong to advertise this book as a romance between Santi and Thora since it really wasn't. It seems as if we are more so supposed to want Thora to wind up with Jules instead. I am all for LGBTQ representation in books. I also read romances with M/M and F/F pairings, and sometimes even ménage pairings with different genders, so I don't only enjoy M/F romances. But the character of Jules didn't have much of a personality. All we really knew about her was that she was a nice person. That wasn't enough to give Thora's relationship with her any spark or chemistry. If Jules had been written better, then I might have felt more of an emotional pull for their romantic relationship, but that wasn't the case. Where as Thora and Santi were extremely well written and did have chemistry, yet the author chose to rush through/gloss over their romantic relationship. The fact that Santi and Thora were more so platonic would have been fine if the synopsis wasn't so misleading. I probably still would have read the book if that was made more clear, since I was just as interested in the major plot twist guiding the story as I was in their potential romance. But I still don't like when books have inaccurate summaries. Regardless of whatever issues I might have had (which mostly had to do with my own personal preferences), I still found it to be a very enjoyable story. I think this is the author's debut novel, and if so, it is strong start to her career. She has a lot of talent and potential, and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for her future works.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Whew, what a ride, and not in a good way. This book had potential and upon reading the summary, I was extremely excited. My bad, most likely, for not noticing any sci-fi tags that went along with it. I thought the concept was beautiful and something that could really end up in a heart-wrenching and lovely story. For a portion of the book, it is, until the awful attempt at some epic sci-fi tale begins. This book is almost too caught up in trying to prove its own brilliance and, as a result, falls Whew, what a ride, and not in a good way. This book had potential and upon reading the summary, I was extremely excited. My bad, most likely, for not noticing any sci-fi tags that went along with it. I thought the concept was beautiful and something that could really end up in a heart-wrenching and lovely story. For a portion of the book, it is, until the awful attempt at some epic sci-fi tale begins. This book is almost too caught up in trying to prove its own brilliance and, as a result, falls pathetically flat. There is one strength to this book, foreshadowing, and it does pull that off well. Obnoxious amounts of foreshadowing, though, does not a good book make. By the time the end rolled around and the author pulled one last "Haha, gotcha!" with the confusion between Santi and Thora for odds of survival, I was left ultimately unsatisfied and frustrated by the ending. Perhaps that's the point, there's not always a great ending, what happens is what happens, but after getting to know these characters you can't help but just think, "Really?" and be thoroughly unimpressed by the ending. The book, I think, suffers from what some sci-fi stories do by authors who are not versed enough in the field to write a good story in the genre. From my understanding, Silvey worked with scientific publishing, but obviously not enough to write anything more than a story that contains vague scientific references and lacks any meat to make a satisfying sci-fi story. The ending is rushed, strange, and in some cruel twist of fate (ironic, since the book goes on and on about that) completely negates any value the rest of the book had. The characters of Santi and Thora are compelling and endearing and you find yourself rooting for them, which makes the ultimate plot and conclusion of this book all the more dissatisfying. There was strength, in the evolution from friends to enemies and then back to friends/lovers, yet this progression ultimately too is destroyed by the confusing plot. However, even the execution of the meeting in multiple lives is carried out poorly. There's something a bit nauseating about reading one life wherein Santi is Thora's teacher (and strangely obsessed with her) and then reading the next life where they're lovers, knowing that just previously one had been a child and one an adult. I think Silvey would've benefitted from picking an age and a relationship type and sticking to it because some of her decisions for life dynamics are ultimately unsettling. A further issue I found with their relationship dynamics is that they're all very rushed. The characters are given no time to feel anything about any change in their dynamic and the author hand-waves this way by saying that from living so many lives the lines have blurred completely and they no longer care what they are to each other in each life, only that the other is present. However, this seems to be a situation where Silvey is trying to have her cake and eat it too as the characters clearly show signs of having shifting feelings towards each other due to the events of previous lifetimes. The closest the book comes to acknowledging them feeling something about a previous lifetime is when Thora evades Santi for the entirety of one life. But otherwise, any feelings are rushed or nonexistent. Both characters act like they didn't murder each other, which you'd be hard-pressed to convince me would leave people with no negative feelings or distrust for each other, or Santi only seems to feel angry about Thora finding him as a baby and - in his eyes - influencing his opinions and who he was as a person for a line or two. Given that these lifetimes are pre-realization of their true situation, it seems absurd and entirely unreal that these characters would not feel intensely negative emotions for a long while due to previous lifetimes. I can't imagine being mad at someone for murdering me for only one lifetime, no matter how inconsequential my death is. Even the lifetime wherein the characters are lovers seem shoehorned in as the author trying to live up to the summary for the book which clearly tries to act as though the lover lifetimes take up the majority of the book. Overall, this book disappointed me. I wanted to like it so much more than I did and I truly went in with high hopes. However, I think it fails to deliver on every promise and leaves you with nothing more than a poorly executed concept paired with a bad plot, held up only by well-done foreshadowing. If you're looking for a similar concept of living multiple lives and finding meaning from them, where the plot is not so terrible, I recommend The Midnight Library by Matt Haig or for soulmates across the cosmos, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Nifenegger.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rums The Reader

    *I was sent an ARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review – a huge thank you to Harper Voyager for granting me early access to this book* Meet Me in Another Life is a truly beautiful and complex tale, encapsulating what it means to be human, to truly live and love and make choices. I think many readers will read this book and be left with a lot of food for thought and maybe even a shift in mindset – while the concept is quite fantastical in a sense, the things Thora and Sant *I was sent an ARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review – a huge thank you to Harper Voyager for granting me early access to this book* Meet Me in Another Life is a truly beautiful and complex tale, encapsulating what it means to be human, to truly live and love and make choices. I think many readers will read this book and be left with a lot of food for thought and maybe even a shift in mindset – while the concept is quite fantastical in a sense, the things Thora and Santi experience and the questions explored in the novel are so universal that I think it will prove relatable to anybody who chooses to give this book a go. What initially drew me to this book was the idea of past lives, of these two characters coming back again and again but somehow always finding each other. While this would form the basis for a pretty awesome story of star crossed lovers, Catriona Silvey takes this idea and makes it so much more interesting by switching this up. In some lives Thora and Santi are together, in others they have a strictly platonic relationship, in others they’re family but at the core – they have this complicated and enduring bond, this love that surpasses it all. They also go through trials and endure a lot of back and forth, some of which is genuinely frustrating to read, especially when it comes to Thora as a character, she’s a bit like marmite in my opinion, you either love her or hate her. Thora is more of a realist and at times I found it hard to understand or relate to her rather cynical way of looking at the world and her near constant way of self sabotage and negativity. I related more to Santi and I think I appreciated his outlook more but I did value how different these two were and how their dynamic shifts and changes over their lifetimes. While the story can be read as a testament to love of all kinds, it also speaks to the very human and real questions and issues we all face day to day. From wondering whether we’re following the ‘right’ path in life, to seeking more and trying to find contentment and happiness and also dealing with death, grief and what comes beyond life, Silvey manages to pack in the range of human experience. At times it is quite profound and in others I felt like it was a bit awkward and repetitive. I also liked the prose, there are some gorgeous quotes and I was highlighting furiously on my kindle whilst reading, I just know I’ll go back to those lines again and again. There’s something understated about Silvey’s writing style, it isn’t excessively descriptive or detailed, and she has the skill to say a lot with a little and I love when writers can do this. I loved the way Silvey writes about Cologne – having never been there, she does a great job of bringing the city to life, it felt very artsy and bohemian and fit so well as a backdrop. I was also a huge fan of the repeated motifs; street art, stars, astronomy and constellations, it was just so quietly stunning. The writing style was reminiscent of V.E. Schwab’s in The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue to me, it gave me the same sort of feeling and I can say I’m definitely a fan. I really don’t want to spoil anything – especially when it comes to the truth behind why Thora and Santi seem destined to keep coming back and why they’re tied together. I didn’t predict why it was all happening but it’s one of those stories where once you do find out, you find little bits of foreshadowing and clues scattered throughout the novel which gives you that ‘aha’ moment and wonder how you didn’t figure it all out before. I thought the reveal and subsequent follow through and conclusion felt true to the rest of the novel and the characters, even if it did have me crying into my duvet on a sleepy sunday morning. Overall, Meet Me in Another Life isn’t quite what I expected, as I thought this was going to be a straightforward love story but it turned out to be something utterly different. I genuinely enjoyed this novel for the most part so I’m intrigued to see where this author goes next, rest assured, I’ll definitely be following along for the journey. Find more reviews on my blog: https://rumsthereader.blog/

  26. 4 out of 5

    Etta

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of Meet Me in Another Life in a Goodreads giveaway. The concept of this novel is very intriguing as two souls reunite multiple times in alternate lives. It is not quite as expected as I expected the two characters to keep coming together and become a couple, but their relationship changes multiple times from platonic to romantic and everything in-between. The story follows the meeting of the two main characters, Thora and Santi. They are opposites in the sense I was lucky enough to win a copy of Meet Me in Another Life in a Goodreads giveaway. The concept of this novel is very intriguing as two souls reunite multiple times in alternate lives. It is not quite as expected as I expected the two characters to keep coming together and become a couple, but their relationship changes multiple times from platonic to romantic and everything in-between. The story follows the meeting of the two main characters, Thora and Santi. They are opposites in the sense that Thora believes that your decisions affect your future whereas Santi thinks that fate dictates your life in the sense that you will end up at the same destination no matter the choices you make. It is also a difference of a more cynical approach, Thora, versus a more optimistic approach with Santi. After their initial meeting, they end up meeting again in a new alternate life. As each particular life ends, the next life seems to be their do-over to have the perfect life. It is an emotional roller coaster for the reader as you get fascinated by the current life only to have it end and then it is on to the next life with the added mystery of why this keeps happening to the characters. It is a very complex tale that makes the reader think as it does not quite tell the reader everything. At first, there are a lot of questions as both the readers and the characters seem to be in the dark, but slowly more and more is revealed and, eventually, everything makes a fair amount of sense once you reach the ending. There are twists and turns as the secrets are revealed and the build up to the ending keeps you guessing along the way. Again, this is not the novel that I thought it was going to be, but it becomes addictive to figure everything out. There were parts that got a little repetitive as the two characters keep meeting in their new life, but it does captivate the reader eventually. There are a lot of life lessons and thought provoking questions posed to the reader throughout about choosing the right path and destiny. It is a very unique book that honestly took me by surprise. The flow of the story can feel disjointed as each chapter starts with a new life, yet somehow it all gets put together by the end. I think the most difficult part about this story is thinking that the two characters were both the same and yet different as who they were in another life is not the same exact person they would be in the next life. It reminded me at times of Oona Out of Order, where things somehow both make sense and not at the same time. It was definitely more thought provoking than I originally believed before I started my reading, but I greatly enjoyed it. I loved the setting of Cologne, Germany and seeing it in each “reincarnation.” There were some versions of their lives that I enjoyed reading about more than others, but they were, as a whole, all entertaining and fit the story well. The Time Traveler’s Wife is a great comparison novel as the two are based in reality where everything seems normal at first, but there is some “magic” behind it all. The mystery that is hidden from the characters at the beginning is slowly revealed as time goes on to eventually come to light. The author did a great job at producing this build-up to create a great page-turner reading experience. This is one of those reads that I do not believe anyone I know has guessed the ending and it was not obvious to me either. Therefore, if you want to try out a mystery, science-fiction, romance blend where the romance is not the main obvious plot, then this would be an interesting novel to try! **I want to give a special thank you to Goodreads and the author, Catriona Silvey, for a review copy of this enjoyable novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ishica O'neill Paumin

    Big thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request to the audiobook. _______________________________________________________ I give this book a 4.3/5⭐. _______________________________________________________ Requested this on whim and i went into it blindly. I was already hooked on the first chapter and i was not disappointed by the story! What is this book about in short? This book is about how Thora, a skeptic who believe your future will always affected by the desicions you make i Big thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request to the audiobook. _______________________________________________________ I give this book a 4.3/5⭐. _______________________________________________________ Requested this on whim and i went into it blindly. I was already hooked on the first chapter and i was not disappointed by the story! What is this book about in short? This book is about how Thora, a skeptic who believe your future will always affected by the desicions you make in the present and Santiago, who sees and seek meaning in everything that happens and believe that everyone have their own purpose in life. Two people with different views in life keeps on meeting each other in every lifetimes sometimes as lovers, parent and child, siblings, friends, a caretaker and a patient and even enemy at one point. But the story gets wilder when both of them started to remember their past life and how only both of them remembers it. Thus making them question who they really are and what is going on with them. _______________________________________________________ What i like: 1. The Characters Thora and Santi are both a very well-written characters in my opinion because even with different settings and environment in their new life they somehow still them eventhough as the story goes they do have some character developments. We didn't get see much of other characters' arc in this book because of- well that is a big spoiler so yeah. But i don't have much feelings for the side characters in this book due to the reality of the world Thora and Santi's living. 2. Writing Style The writing style is quite easy to understand but also magical in a sense. I've saved a lot of good quotes in this book. It felt like the author really knows how to say a rational things but in a way that make you awe. 😂 3. The Plot This book have 3 part and half of the book we follow how Thora and Santi meets in every lifetimes. Their meeting in every lifetimes before getting their past memory is enjoyable but the real fun starts when they slowly remembering their past life. Boy oh boy, it gets quite dark for a sec there. I didn't see it coming. Different life and time travel, i didn't know this book is a scifi book but i was not disappointed! What i don't like: 1. The Ending I felt like the end was rushed and very chaotic. Everything happens so fast and suddenly it ends. It's not even a happy ending(at least in my opinion) and kinda an open ending. I really thinks that the author could have make the ending a little be longer and smoothen it a little bit. _______________________________________________________ All in all, i really enjoy my first scifi book. This book really have a unique concepts and the author really did a great job for her debut novel. But, THIS BOOK TOTALLY NOT A BEGINNER FRIENDLY BOOK. With its concept of different life making the book have a lot of different timelines. We follow both of them as a Uni students, kids, adults sometimes both of them have a huge age gap. Also there is always tiny bits of connection from the early chapter that you can make when you're in like 50/60% in to the books.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ishica O'neill Paumin

    Big thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request to the audiobook. _________________________________________________________ I give this book a 4.3/5⭐. ___________________________________________________________ Requested this on whim and i went into it blindly. I was already hooked on the first chapter and i was not disappointed by the story! What is this book about in short? This book is about how Thora, a skeptic who believe your future will always affected by the desicions you Big thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request to the audiobook. _________________________________________________________ I give this book a 4.3/5⭐. ___________________________________________________________ Requested this on whim and i went into it blindly. I was already hooked on the first chapter and i was not disappointed by the story! What is this book about in short? This book is about how Thora, a skeptic who believe your future will always affected by the desicions you make in the present and Santiago, who sees and seek meaning in everything that happens and believe that everyone have their own purpose in life. Two people with different views in life keeps on meeting each other in every lifetimes sometimes as lovers, parent and child, siblings, friends, a caretaker and a patient and even enemy at one point. But the story gets wilder when both of them started to remember their past life and how only both of them remembers it. Thus making them question who they really are and what is going on with them. ___________________________________________________________ What i like: 1. The Characters Thora and Santi are both a very well-written characters in my opinion because even with different settings and environment in their new life they somehow still them eventhough as the story goes they do have some character developments. We didn't get see much of other characters' arc in this book because of- well that is a big spoiler so yeah. But i don't have much feelings for the side characters in this book due to the reality of the world Thora and Santi's living. 2. Writing Style The writing style is quite easy to understand but also magical in a sense. I've saved a lot of good quotes in this book. It felt like the author really knows how to say a rational things but in a way that make you awe. 😂 3. The Plot This book have 3 part and half of the book we follow how Thora and Santi meets in every lifetimes. Their meeting in every lifetimes before getting their past memory is enjoyable but the real fun starts when they slowly remembering their past life. Boy oh boy, it gets quite dark for a sec there. I didn't see it coming. Different life and time travel, i didn't know this book is a scifi book but i was not disappointed! What i don't like: 1. The Ending I felt like the end was rushed and very chaotic. Everything happens so fast and suddenly it ends. It's not even a happy ending(at least in my opinion) and kinda an open ending. I really thinks that the author could have make the ending a little be longer and smoothen it a little bit. All in all, i really enjoy my first scifi book. This book really have a unique concepts and the author really did a great job for her debut novel. But, THIS BOOK TOTALLY NOT A BEGINNER FRIENDLY BOOK. With its concept of different life making the book have a lot of different timelines. We follow both of them as a Uni students, kids, adults sometimes both of them have a huge age gap. Also there is always tiny bits of connection from the early chapter that you can make when you're in like 50/60% in to the books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    Thanks to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I really appreciate it! Meet Me in Another Life is about Thora and Santi who end up meeting at university and immediately click with each other. Unfortunately, Santi then passes away in the beginning of the book - But their story does not end here. Both characters suddenly start their journey of living through different lives in various relationships, e.g. teacher and student, brother and Thanks to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I really appreciate it! Meet Me in Another Life is about Thora and Santi who end up meeting at university and immediately click with each other. Unfortunately, Santi then passes away in the beginning of the book - But their story does not end here. Both characters suddenly start their journey of living through different lives in various relationships, e.g. teacher and student, brother and sister, etc. Thora and Santi suddenly realise that they actually know each other and that all of their new lives have been connected. With this realisation, they are trying to find each other in every single life they are living, trying to solve the mystery of what is going on. But what does this mean for both? Who are they? And how can this cycle of living multiple lives finally end so they can get back to reality? What even is their reality anymore? How do our decisions impact us and our lives? Meet Me in Another Life talks about the meaning of life, how we are always trying to find the right path for us, how our decisions actually shape ourselves and our future and the deep meaning of friendship and trust. Honestly, this book was quite the rollercoaster for me. First of all, I was really confused when reading it. The reader first gets short glimpses into the different lives they have to go through - but as soon as the reader gets comfortable in this new world, it ends again. This confused me quite a lot and I did not understand what and why it was really happening in the beginning. The investigation on why their lives are connected does not kick in until 35-40% of the book. Before that, I was struggling to connect to the book since one is introduced to their different lives and suddenly it is gone again. Yet, after both characters finally understood that both of them and their lives are connected, the plot got a lot more interesting and I was intrigued to find out what was happening. The end was quite surprising and I did not see that coming. I was shocked and confused. As a side note, I managed to not cry throughout this whole book but the last sentences really got to me. I actually enjoyed the characters involved into the story and I love that it had a queer aspect in it. Yet, I felt myself being more connected to Santi than to Thora. This is one of those books where you either hate or love the plot. I really enjoyed the story but I would have changed it a bit since I was quite confused in the beginning and therefore missed some hints towards the big reveal. I also would have preferred this story to be longer since the last approx. 100 pages had a completely different pace in comparison. I would have loved to get more details on the lives they have lived, on the actual process of finding out and the big reveal. Overall this was a really interesting book and I am intrigued to read it again since now it will be easier to connect all the dots.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] A science-fiction, parallel universe, alternate lives, romance? “Meet Me in Another Life” is a beautiful debut novel by the author, and I could not put it down! When I started reading this book, I really couldn’t make head or tails as to what was happening. However, halfway into the third chapter, I got the hang of it, and I found it a unique concept. Imagine reuniting with the same soul in alternate lives? The storyline intri [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] A science-fiction, parallel universe, alternate lives, romance? “Meet Me in Another Life” is a beautiful debut novel by the author, and I could not put it down! When I started reading this book, I really couldn’t make head or tails as to what was happening. However, halfway into the third chapter, I got the hang of it, and I found it a unique concept. Imagine reuniting with the same soul in alternate lives? The storyline intrigued me about how Thora and Santi would meet in different situations and how their relationship would change. The story makes you wonder if such a possibility could exist in reality. I loved how their personalities and desires remain the same, no matter which lives they lead. Some of my favorite moments are when they look at the stars and have intense conversations about life. I loved Thora and Santi as individuals and the special bond they shared. They share a romance that is truly out of the world, and you cannot help but hope that things work out for them after all the challenges they faced. I also liked the mystery element as to who Peregrine was and how the plot progressed with him. However, while I loved the ingenious ways in which Santi and Thora meet one another, at times, I felt the story was not progressing much initially. It’s only halfway into the book, where the plot starts to take shape, and you wonder how it might turn out. But having said that, I could not put this book down! The author tells the story charismatically that you get glued to Santi and Thora’s connections. Overall, “Meet Me in Another Life” is a memorable debut, and I look forward to reading the author’s future works.

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