Mnevermind 1: The Persistence of Memory by Jordan Castillo Price ~ Review by Christine

Another new-to-me author has grabbed my attention and left me clamoring for more!

TitleMnevermind 1 Mnevermind 1:  The Persistence of Memory

Author: Jordan Castillo Price

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Every day, Daniel Schroeder breaks his father’s heart.

While forgetting your problems won’t solve them, it does seem like it would make life a heck of a lot easier. Daniel thought so once. Now he knows better. He and Big Dan have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like his father remembers.

They’re both professionals in the memory field—they even run their own memory palace. So shouldn’t they be able to figure out a way to overwrite the persistent false memory that’s wreaking havoc on both of their lives? Daniel thought he was holding it together, but the situation seems to be sliding out of control. Now even his own equipment has turned against him, reminding him he hasn’t had a date in ages by taunting him with flashes of an elusive man in black that only he can see.

Is it some quirk of the circuitry, or is Daniel headed down the same path to fantasy-land as his old man?

My View

Daniel is a mnemographer.  Every day he guides people through virtual experiences – mnemes – of their choice, the memories of which fade relatively quickly.  The problem is, Daniel’s father, Big Dan, went through a mneme that Daniel himself designed, and it went persistent.  Now Big Dan lives in a different reality, not realizing that his life is a far cry from from the one he believes is true.  Daniel must deal with the resulting guilt, anger, and fear as he works to keep a roof over their heads and their business afloat while breaking the news to his father each day that his life is not what it seems.  Now Daniel questions his own sanity as he begins to see visions of a tall man in a dark coat – a man that he finds very attractive indeed.

The first installment of the Mnevermind series, The Persistence of Memory is unlike anything I have ever read.  Though it could be classified as a sci fi m/m romance, it is so much more than that.  It is an intimate voyage through Daniel’s life, told by Daniel himself, as he navigates through daily obstacles and frustrations, including The Conversation with his dad.  He must endure this inevitable emotional crisis every day and then deal with the fallout, as his father cannot remember the reality of the past few years.

The wearing down of Daniel’s spirit is palpable as he tells his story, his voice sardonic and tragic yet laced with a dry humor that had me frequently laughing out loud.  Though Daniel’s situation may seem maudlin, the plot moves quickly and is unpredictable and entertaining.  Price writes dialogue that is fresh, authentic, and amusing, ranging from delightfully wicked banter to deeply touching familial conversations.  She keeps her readers on their toes through clever manipulation of the reality of unfolding events and through Daniel’s own confusion about what he is truly experiencing and what he may be “mneming.”  I found it quite easy to connect with her writing, from descriptions of creepy guys in the shopping mall to the persistent insecurities we all harbor and try to hide.  She glides smoothly from hilarity to heartbreak, easily linking emotion to the story and its characters while maintaining tension and intrigue through the sci-fi theme.

When it comes to characterization, Price truly delivers.  Not only did I relate to Daniel on a personal level through his unique voice, but I also fell in love with the secondary characters and their candidness with him.  Larry, Daniel’s coworker, is particularly endearing with his pure heart and his simple, no-nonsense approach to life and problem solving.  His interactions with Daniel are genuine and borderline insensitive, and, more often than not, quite amusing.  I was also captivated by the contrast between Daniel’s more familiar relationships with these characters and the mysterious glimpses seen of his “man in the dark coat.”  Without giving anything away, I can only say that Daniel’s pursuit of the truth is deliciously compelling and incredibly sexy.

Despite the length of this story being approximately 156 pages, it gives credence to the adage that good things come in small packages.  Though clearly written as the first episode in the Mnevermind series, it is a fully developed story that sets the stage for the continuation of what promises to be an enthralling set of tales. I highly recommend Mnevermind 1: The Persistence of Memory and will be diving into the next book as soon as this review is posted!

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