There were a lot of neat ideas for this story line. I would have given 4 stars easily if only the flow of the story synced up better. The cover is great, too. The book started strong with the prologue, but I was left in a fog as to how quickly the main character became a legend in his own « first » life – and for almost nothing we, as the readers, got to witness. That sensation never went away for me as the book continued. Maybe the author is leaving openings to weave future books together? That’s okay, but all of those openings in the storyline left me feeling a little too wind-swept as a reader. I kept reading till the end because I wanted it all to finally come together, but it never did. I had the impression there were small chunks of the story left out – as though there were short stories that would link things together more that weren’t included in this version. As a reader, I do prefer figuring out new story worlds as the action moves forward rather than having an info dump, but this time the action felt too jumpy for me. At so many points in the story the main character is having a rough time in his life, another character comes along and basically says cheer up or even just deal with it, and suddenly the main character is past the previous mindset – essentially smiling and saying « I love life ».