“They are both stuck like rats on the tar of this life.”
Imagine you only have 4 years to live your current life and then you get all your memories wiped with a chance to start over. That is the world Aris is living in. In a future world, there are 4 connected cities where people live in an utopia like society. Every few years people’s memories along with their prejudices are wiped away to keep everyone at peace. But some people have really vivid dreams with people they see in their world but don’t remember. Are these dreams glimpses of their past? What if there was a drug that could help you see more of them? When Aris’s friend Benja begins looking into these mysteries she is forced to confront the truth of their society and her own past.
It’s unusual to have a sci-fi story with romance at its heart. The futuristic aspects were interesting but not overwhelming so if you’re not a huge sci-fi fan, don’t worry this will be easy to get into. It reminded me a lot of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind only the majority of people assume their memories being wiped is acceptable or even a good thing. This story explores the idea that grief and loss but ultimately that having love and accepting that living in the moment trumps everything.
Read this one if you’re a fan of Blake Crouch or Charles Soule.
Thanks to Blackstone Publishing for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own.
If you could selectively wipe memories away, would you choose to?