- File Size: 1571 KB
- Print Length: 206 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 28, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LDW4CG2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Anterograde: a M/M amnesia novel Kindle Edition
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I’ve put off writing this review because I was quite sure how to do it. The books we love are always the hardest to review. Let’s start with this is a gay romance. Now I know a lot of people don’t care for that, but this story is about so much more. There are a few sex scenes that can easily be skipped if you prefer not to read that.
There are two things that make this story stick out from the romance crowd. It is hyper focused on the two men, their relationship and dealing with Calden’s medical condition. A few other characters float in and out but they are peripheral. There are mentions of a complicated history for these two but it doesn’t go into that. I think this story is set in her “The Demon’s Age” series world and people live in a post-apocalyptic world where demons are trying to destroy the human race.
The most interesting element of the book and what makes it so unique is the way it was written. The chapters alternate between Calden and Eli in first person POV, but the time line of the events aren’t the same. Eli’s side of the story starts in the past on June 2 into the present, Calden’s is told from the present back to the past when he got sick on June 2. It doesn’t seem like it would work but it does! There is the option to read both POVs on the same timeline, but you will lose some of the emotional and disconcerting impact of the story that gives the reader a better understanding of what the characters are dealing with.
These two characters touched me and they are beautifully written. Kallysten is a talented author.
5 “stepping stone” Sheep
Anterograde is an interesting, well written book about an aloof, talented surgeon with anterograde amnesia and his relationship with longtime friend-turned-lover.
Kallysten is a new to me author, but I was so impressed by her writing skills that she will be on my radar in the future. The book is told in a non-linear fashion, but you also have the choice to read it chronologically. I chose to read it as the author presented it, and I have to say, I sort of regret that. I found the jumps in time to be pretty confusing, and I kept flipping back through my Kindle to check and compare dates. Part of the confusion is that the story has a pretty narrow focus so not many events transpire. That makes the days sort of blur together, in a way.
This book strongly reminded me of the movie Momento, which is discussed in the book, though not by name. It also reminded me of 50 First Dates, which I adore. It also reminded me a lot of The River Leith. I enjoy amnesia books- what?? I mean, it's a classic romance trope, but it just works for me. I liked how Calden and Eli had to win each other's trust time and time again, and their system of tattoos to remember important things. They were sweet together, though Calden is sort of dick.
I liked best that each time they knocked boots, it felt like the first time for Calden. The shyness was adorable, and it warmed me to him as a character.
What really bugged me, though, about the book was the lazy world-building. This book takes place in a dystopian future where demons (??) or something exist and the world is under attack, but that aspect of the book is really underdeveloped. We get nearly nothing in terms of world-building, which was very frustrating. Also, like I said, I found the format to be too jumpy for my taste and mildly confusing.
Overall, this was an interesting read in a trope that I will never get sick of. I think this was a great into to Kallysten, and I'm pretty pleased overall with the story. Nicely done.
**Copy provided in exchange for an honest review**
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