No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.
New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…Find out more
‘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
She cries to me from the past. A past that isn’t mine.
Douglas ‘Angel’ Sermanni is losing himself.
Other people’s memories are an open book to him – the gift and curse of a Weaver. His psyche has been fractured by the trauma of his clients, and now he’s been cast out by his secretive overseers, The Mnemosyne Project.
The fog of Angel’s mind is punctured by a recovered memory: the dying call of a young girl. He flees London – and a fledgling romance with a normal human – to follow the dying girl’s final words.
He is led back to his Thailand boarding school where a forgotten pact made with childhood friends is rekindled. Amid the rain and neon of Bangkok’s backstreets, a deadly truth lies in wait.
With each terrifying revelation, Angel’s past and present fold into one another, threatening to change the course of his world forever.
A science fiction mystery novel
The Memory Project is a queer speculative fiction that explores the world of Weavers, rare telepathic humans who can experience the memories of others through touch.
The story brings together the themes of friendship, nostalgia, gay romance, gender and identity fluidity to explore the meaning of memory and its mutability. And all in the package of a page-turning supernatural murder mystery.
With the compelling pace of YA fiction and the reflection of a 30-something drama, The Memory Project fuses self-discovery with nostalgia and supernatural mystery. X-Men meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
|Publication date:||24th March 2021|
|Author:||Andrew C. Youngson|
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.More About Andrew C. Youngson