The Persistence of Memory by Jordan Castillo Price

MnevermindRating: Unrated
Publication day: 
May 4, 2012
158 pages  
JCP Books

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

The two of them have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like Big Dan 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 is 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.

The Elijah character makes no sense. Not only does he claim to be straight–which has never piqued Daniel’s interest–but he’s appearing in manufactured memories in which he’s never been programmed. Is it some quirk of the circuitry, or is Daniel’s desire to connect with someone clouding his own memory?

My View: The Persistence of Memory is an interesting view of Science Fiction in an Alternate Universe. Realistic enough to happen in this era, but with enough twists and turns to be separated from our time.

I’m not giving the story a rating because I don’t have a good reference point to compare it to since I’m not an avid Sci-Fi reader. Also, I had some trouble in the beginning getting used to the terms and the events even after reading the notes provided. And the end isn’t a cliffhanger, but can’t be considered a HFN.

The main characters were great individually, and I wished they had stayed as friends, without the benefits. They make a great team, but the little to no romance between them made their time together awkward. The rest of the cast worked well with the story, and I did enjoy the world the author built.

I’m interested in knowing what happens next, but I’m in no rush. But, if you are a Sci-Fi fan, I highly recommend it.

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


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