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Andrew C. Youngson is a Scot living in London. A former features writer for a daily newspaper, he now splits his time between work in the education sector and writing.
He was schooled in Bangkok, Thailand, during his teenage years – an experience which has informed elements of his novel, The Memory Project.
As a gay man, Andrew is passionate about telling queer stories, and reimagining genres through an LGBTQ+ lens.
‘The Memory Project’ is a really interesting science fiction. Based around a cast of lead characters who were brought up in The Mnemosyne Project, a secret collective of people with telepathic abilities. Dougie, or ‘Angel’ has been broken by his experiences working as a therapist, helping his patients overcome their trauma, and fracturing his own psyche in the process. This is a book that’s as much about a person working to find out who they are and overcome their own childhood traumas as it is about the hidden intriguing supernatural world of Weavers. I feel that even those who wouldn’t pick up a science fiction book as their first choice would enjoy the story of kinship, family and self discovery within these pages. The story flows really well and I was engrossed from the opening pages. I was interested in all of the characters and their stories and I thought each one was really well-developed. The way each Weaver’s abilities work in a different way, the way each character channels the memories that they read, Nina with her art for example. Without giving away spoilers there are revelations and twists that I didn’t quite expect as Angel learns more and more about his rather foggy past. I liked the ending and , although cathartic there’s plenty of space for Angel’s story to continue and I hope it does. An enjoyable read. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador