Sci Fi

The Reincarnation of Tom by Aden Simpson

The book is available to request till Oct 2020

I picked this book up because it looked different from some of the others that I was reading. It did prove that theory right. The book is about Tom. Tom is an average man, harbouring feelings for a colleague and with no guts to tell anyone. He has a lot more about himself to discover in due course.

A chance meeting and a strange suggestion lead him to the path of incarnating into a body every time he dies. This is where I lose the plot a little because it plays out more like a time-slip story than that of actual ‘incarnations’ because here, the bodies of the creatures already exist before he takes over. And he moves forward and backwards in time. This is not a spoiler as such, because despite having these qualms I did like the book around this theory. Tom decides to use the lessons he learns in every life to better the next. I loved the tree life, it made me feel as peaceful as our travelling soul felt. There is one point at which Tom makes a decision, and this leads to a vendetta against him, which culminates in a big showdown. Overall, despite, or maybe because of the odd quirks, it still is a book with parts that can liven up discussions. It boils down to how people define themselves and the appropriate actions that one should take to live up their conscience. There is a lot of action, and some of it is fast-paced while others have more of an anticipatory feel.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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