I only read the first book of the “Mnevermind” series, The Persistence of Memory. This is an urban science fiction story, about a man named Dan who works in a memory modification adventure agency – kind of like in Total Recall, but cooler – because Dan’s gay. Yes, gayness makes everything cooler.
The plot revolves around a glitch Dan’s experiencing in one of his “love programs” – there are many hilarious moments concerning this plotline. I don’t get to read a lot of humorous MM, but JCP is a master of the dry wit. I was doubled over in laughter.
The story takes on an interesting dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream quality, reminding me of Inception. In some moments I wasn’t quite sure if Dan had lost his marbles or not. I like having a slightly unreliable narrator. It keeps me on my toes.
The love interest is unique (as in something I don’t see often in fiction), and the problems the two of them face, though seemingly steeped in science fiction, are of the present day and are very, very real. I know a few people who are similar to the love interest. I’d like to say that it’s easy to be with these types of people, because love should be easy – but it isn’t.
How do you love someone who doesn’t know what love is? How can you be with someone who would never feel sorrow if you were to leave their life one day? How can you ever hope to understand someone who never loves or regrets?
But memory isn’t all that it’s cracked to be. Especially regret. Sometimes I feel like my memory is a bitter reminder of every dark deed I’ve ever done – it traps me in the past. Maybe it’s the people who cannot love and regret who are truly free.
I am tempted to buy the rest of the series just to see what happens to Dan and his friend, but I may read some more standalones first. Don’t get me wrong, the story was amazing – I gave it five stars on Goodreads – I’m just not a big fan of series. But if it still nags at me…
Time wears our memories down. Even of love and regret and stories.