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Alowa is without any memories. An incident occurs and in the process she is no longer inside the tightly controlled sphere of UniCorp, and has to learn to fend for herself. She knows only that she needs to find a boy named Solstice who is holding her memories for her, but first she will have to enter History to retrieve them.
The things I have thought. Gone. The things I have seen. Gone. The things I have done. Gone. My face in the glass.
Part Two begins in the year 2010, delving into history, at the funeral of young Felix’s grandfather, and Felix’s mother, Zinnia. After the funeral, going through old memorabilia, Zinnia comes across some of older photographs, a young woman, her father’s mother in a fine summer dress, another - a young man astride a bicycle, a marble statue behind him. On the back in faded ink is written Max, Lerici, 1942. She recognizes the image of her grandmother, Ada, but neither Zinnia nor her mother recognizes the young man. Within a year, the Nazis will arrive in the village when they were forced to move, leaving England for this sleepy little village when Mussolini declared war on Great Britain.
Another time, another era, this time the 1890s at Standing Rock reservation the stories follow the time after Sitting Bull has been killed and the Lakota have tried to flee. The ghost dance, and the ghost dance shirt are both factors that lead back and connect this era to the 1940s, to present day and beyond to 2084.
There were parts where I could visualize the story, the people, and there were a few parts where I felt where the story felt a bit too disconnected to me, too jumbled. Overall, I enjoyed this very imaginative glimpse into one possible version of the future. I genuinely appreciated getting to know the characters, their personal connections to other generations and their individual stories through different eras. Overall, when I was finished, things came together tightening the connections – perhaps a bit too quickly and a lot too late, but while reading it I found it to be too disjointed.
Our past, our great-grandparents past is part of our today, part of our tomorrows. Our memories connect us to our past, and if we’re lucky, our parents stories, our grandparents stories connect us to their past. Like an endless chain, today becomes tomorrow. Today affects what tomorrow becomes.
Memories. We like to believe we will hold onto ours forever, will have them forever, but for every experience there is a new memory crowding out some older, or less significant one. I’d like to believe that collectively we remember things, including historical moments, which should never be forgotten. I’d like to believe we’ve learned to be more tolerant, respectful, and humble. Kind.
Many thanks for the ARC provided by Cheyne Walk
The main idea of the book, about memories and how they work, and interconnecting the storylines is interesting. The stories flowed together well enough and made the overarching plot of the book interesting and fun to read. Sadly, the book did not stop with just that.
There are just too many twists and turns. Each timeline has different characters with different motivations. The book doesn’t just break from the traditional structure of a novel but destroys it. Halfway through the book, it became a slog as I had to stop and think ‘wait, which guy was this again.' It can be daring to break the rules, but if you’re going to do it, you have to do it very well, or it falls flat. The Memory Tree came close but didn’t quite get there, leaving the story muddled and, while not difficult to follow, somewhat exhausting.
I also had some issues with the setup of the dystopian future. The book had too much to accomplish with its various story lines to really do justice in explaining the world. This made the explanation for why and more importantly how the mega-corporations ran everything unsatisfying. One of the key things to do in a dystopian story is to ensure the setup for that world makes sense internally, and this one just didn’t do that.
I didn’t hate this book. It wasn’t bad, and I could see how some people would enjoy it. I just didn’t find it overly enjoyable to read either. The think I was left with after finishing it was mostly a feeling of frustration.
Which isn’t really a good way to end a book.
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