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Publisher's Summary

MEM is a rare novel, a small book carrying very big ideas, the kind of story that stays with you long after you've finished listening to it. Set in the glittering art deco world of a century ago, MEM makes one slight alteration to history: a scientist in Montreal discovers a method allowing people to have their memories extracted from their minds, whole and complete. 

The Mems exist as mirror-images of their source-zombie-like creatures destined to experience that singular memory over and over, until they expire in the cavernous Vault where they are kept. And then there is Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem capable of creating her own memories. An ageless beauty shrouded in mystery, she is allowed to live on her own, and create her own existence, until one day she is summoned back to the Vault. What happens next is a gorgeously rendered, heart-breaking novel in the vein of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go.

Debut novelist Bethany Morrow has created an allegory for our own time, exploring profound questions of ownership and how they relate to identity, memory, and history, all in the shadows of Montreal's now forgotten slave trade.

©2018 Bethany C. Morrow (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Some may like this

I like sci fi, and the premise sounds intriguing. I’m just not too much into romance in my sci fi novels, so I gave it 3 stars. Others may give it 5 if they like that kind of stuff.

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Pleasantly Surprised

A slower, almost peaceful reading--I like slow, but I felt the character deserved a wider range of emotions. Still, this is the best "clone" type story I've read and liked the twist of why there are clones of people. The ending was fulfilling without feeling too perfect.

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  • EM
  • 07-16-21

Interesting but missing something

This story is intriguing but it never reaches the point where it is hard to put down. The protagonist is so passive, despite all that happens to her. Or perhaps that it is: things happen to her and she has no agency. Or does not use it. That may be a key character trait, but it does not make for a riveting read.

I enjoyed the City of Brass trilogy more than any series save Broken Earth, in no small part b/c of Soneela Nankani’s narration. But it is soporific in tone and pace, and the text does not help. Together the create a rather lifeless dull character.

I listened to the end b/c I wanted to know how it ends. And it is worth it because it was free. But I hope for more from both Morrow and Nankani next time.

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A story of love, loss, and hope

Such an intriguing concept beautifully written - a sad, yet wonderfully hopeful tale.

The audiobook, read by Soneela Nankani, really does this story justice.

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Wonderful

A very intelligent novella, deals with philosophical and ethical issues without being overbearing. I didn't love the romantic sub plot, otherwise would probably rate it higher.

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week story and histrionic, whining narration

this was not a good book. and the narration was horrible. would definitely not recommend.

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Amazing

A wonderful book, the romance and suspense being an essential part of the story. The story was read excellently by Soneela, and you could feel the characters emotions through her voice. It was easy to delve into this other world so much like our own yet so different. To experience the dreams and aspirations of the young woman that wasn’t quite a woman. A touch of expectancy on what defines human life and what a memory truly is to us.

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For fans of Klara and the Sun

A look from the outside in at what makes us human, how our experiences shape us, and how we interact with our memories. I look forward to seeing more from this author.

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disappointing

Hours that were not worth the time. This is a story using sci fi as a lure for a childish romance story. It was a slow read and odd story with a very "lame" ending. If think romance stories are your thing you may enjoy it. I did not.

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Refreshingly Original

Though not very long this story is packed with sooo much. Its an intriguing idea and I loved her prose.
After listening to a plethora of books with pretty much the same tropes/ideas redone over and over again this was a welcome change and a hell of a palette cleanser.
Will definitely be reading more from this author.
Well Done!!

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  • 12-22-21

I'll listen again and again to this book!

Reminiscent of 'Never Let Me Go', poignant, sensitive, beautiful. Well written, narrated-recommending for bookclub.