• Remember Tomorrow: Mnevermind Trilogy Collection

  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Seth Clayton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)

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Remember Tomorrow: Mnevermind Trilogy Collection

By: Jordan Castillo Price
Narrated by: Seth Clayton
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When artificial memories are everywhere, how can you tell what’s real?

Daniel was a hotshot memorysmith, a major innovator in the field of recreational memories - until his father, Big Dan, suffered a freak persistent memory that sent their business into a tailspin. Now Daniel labors behind the scenes, seeking only to cure the persistent false memory and salvage their failing shop.

Elijah is the most talented mind in the memory industry, but because that mind is far from neurotypical, his potential is wasted teaching beginners at the mall. When his cobbled-together gear projects him into one of Daniel’s memory programs, a colorful but challenging relationship sparks to life.

The two men are an unlikely pair, but they have so much in common. Each is fiercely driven. Each is stunningly creative. And when Daniel and Elijah finally connect, each one realizes just how desperately he’s been searching for someone who truly understands him. 

Most of all, they’re utterly committed to curing the persistent false memory. Daniel finally gives up his workaholic smokescreen. Elijah fends off the advice of everyone he trusts and joins forces with Daniel. Even Big Dan says he’s on board with their plan...but will he remember tomorrow?

This collection contains the novels The Persistence of Memory, Forget Me Not, and Life Is Awesome.
 

©2018 Jordan Castillo Price (P)2018 Jordan Castillo Price

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An Enjoyable Audiobook

I never read these books separately while they were being released, so this review is going to be about all three novels that make up this collection. As a whole, I really liked the characters and I found the story intriguing and kept me hooked. The story is heart-wrenching and makes you feel like you want to wrap these characters in a soft blanket and give them hot chocolate.

However, I wasn’t a big fan of the ending. It seemed more like an afterthought cobbled together to give a resolution. It’s pretty disjointed from the rest of the story and feels incredibly rushed. Does the ending ruin the books for me? I would say, no. But, it does leave a lot to be desired.

I probably missed a few things since I listened to this on audio as opposed to reading this as text, but trigger warnings for this book include ableism, fat-shaming, homomisa, and harassment.

The first story, The Persistence of Memory, is told from Daniel Schroeder’s POV. Daniel is 45, owns and works at a store he opened with his father, works nights at a rival corporation, and lives with his father. Daniel’s store – AdventureTech is a small company that specializes in providing fabricated memories to buyers. The customers are put into a sort of dream state for a few hours doing whatever their heart desires (within the limits of these mnems) and while they won’t be able to remember the exact details of their dream, it’ll leave the customer feeling happy and satisfied. Like dreams, these fabricated dreams, too, should fade. Otherwise, it would be a havoc among society for people believing the things they’ve dreamed up were real.

Daniel is smart. He has the ability and the talent to construct the mnems, the program for which these dreams run. However, when one of his programs – Life is Awesome – winds up accidentally altering his father’s memories into a “persisted” memory, Daniel keeps his head down and no longer builds his own mnems.

Daniel’s father, Big Dan, believes that his wife never left him and that they’re still together. And this leaves Daniel breaking the news to his dad every single day that the reality his father thinks he knows is not real. It’s absolutely heart-breaking to see the anguish Daniel has to go through every day, breaking both his father’s heart and his.

While Daniel struggles to keep his store open, he happens across a man dressed in black who keeps appearing in his mnems. It shouldn’t be possible, and yet, this man manages to follow him anywhere in his mnems. We eventually learn that this man’s name is Elijah Crowe, and he actually winds up being my favorite character from this series.

The novels were originally published in 2012, 2014, and 2015, so while I understand that there might be some…problematic things in them, I would have expected some editing in the bind-up and re-released audiobook edition and for the more offensive things said in this book to be removed? And I suppose that’s really my main issue with JCP’s books – super interesting characters and story, but there’s also some really unnecessary problematic content that tends to drag the book down. One especially is that there is ONE POC character in this book (that I can tell, at least) and it’s your stereotypical sassy-black-woman-who-works-as-an-assistant-to-the-white-male-main-character. Daniel treats her well, but it would be nice to have a non-white character in JCP’s books who isn’t a stereotype? Is that too much to ask?

The first and third books are told from Daniel’s perspective, and the second book is told from Elijah’s perspective. Daniel is flawed. His point-of-view is blunt and he comes across as being a judgmental person. Elijah is autistic. It’s constantly mentioned that Elijah isn’t “normal” and that Elijah is “weird”. And that’s coming from Daniel and that doesn’t sit well with me at all. There are instances towards other characters that make me uncomfortable as well. There’s fat-shaming other characters, making fun of a perfectly harmless character (Larry), and calling some characters the “r” word. These are particularly uncomfortable to read from Daniel’s POV when it shows that he has the hots for Elijah while they’re in mnem, but not so much in the real world after he meets Elijah.

Elijah is a precious cinnamon roll who is highly intelligent and does his best, even when the world tries beating him down for being autistic. He’s an expert when it comes to memories and teaches about mnems at the mall. However, there are people in his life who treat him like he’s not smart or harass him for being himself. Elijah is blunt and says what he means, and takes everything at face value. His book is probably one of the most difficult to read, because the world keeps trying to demean him and he just wants live his life. Even his therapist is awful and refuses to believe him when he wants to make a complaint against one of his co-workers. It just breaks my heart. ELIJAH IS SO PRECIOUS AND AN ABSOLUTE SWEETHEART. ❤

The sex scenes in this series are a little…different than your usual m/m romance book? Elijah has never been with a man before Daniel, so they take things slow. BUT. That doesn't mean their scenes together in bed aren't scorching hot. I think I prefer reading sex scenes like what happened in this series. It seems more grounded in reality this way.

Seth Clayton’s narration is fantastic and I liked the voices used for all the characters. There’s special effects added for the book transitions that scared me half to death while listening to the audiobook in the middle of the night with my headphones in. They’re brilliant, but they will never NOT scare me on re-listens.

My one issue with the narration is that it seems really slowed down compared to other audiobooks I’ve listened to? The easy fix is to speed it up on the audiobook app, but the narration is oddly slow. With new books with more complex storylines, I tend to listen at about 1.5x speed. But, for this book I winded up listening to the book at 2x. It’s no big deal, really, and I look forward to seeing what other books he’s narrated!

This audiobook is a long one and absolutely worth a credit. I feel like this story felt like the movie Inception. This story is pretty trippy and sometimes you don’t know if you’re in a dream or settled back in reality. This is an enjoyable series, overall, and I would recommend this book to m/m romance readers who like a slice of sci-fi in your books.

My rating for each separate book in the series:

Book #1, The Persistence of Memory: 4 stars
Book #2, Forget Me Not: 5 stars
Book #3, Life is Awesome: 3 stars

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explicit sex scenes.

I'm not a fan of explicit descriptions of sex in the book I'm reading. it's so overdone and not necessary. if I wanted porn, I'd buy porn. I wish there was a way to know before you buy. that would save many credit refunds.

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Good narrator - very very bad story

Not sure how I missed the synopsis of this book - I wasn't looking for a soft-porn story with a sci-fi twist. Too much of the same thing, and really not a universe I can identity with. If you're trying to understand what it means to be gay, and like SCIFI - this is probably the book for you.

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Full series

This is all three books in the series and it kept me entertained the entire time! I was drawn in from the moment I hit play and didn’t want to put it down or pause the story. The characters were so compelling and made me fall in love with them. Daniel and Elijah had so many flaws and realistic things but damn they were great. The story was a lot of fun and I would love even more of these characters.

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Simply Brilliant!

I’m not often moved to leave written reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy. The character-building was masterfully done and their interactions were artfully crafted. I was quickly pulled into this story by both the narrators delivery and the authors attention to detail. Quite frankly, this is one of the best MM romance books I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a LOT)!Definitely recommended for sci-fi fans that appreciate mind-bending, near-future technology, witty, articulate dialogue and internal thoughts, and some steamy-yet-not-overdone MM action.

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Believable

The author wrote so convincingly about needing, I wanted to try it. Elijah was a well written character, I felt I knew him as a person and wanted to stand up for to all his bullies. And Daniel, he was the perfect flawed hero. He took care of his dad, Big Dan, and other family and friends. He didn't think he deserved to have any joy for himself. We, the readers saw the bigger picture. Loved the book and I think the narrator brought the story to life.

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compelling story

The plot was interesting, the characters were well developed, the narration added nuance to the book. I am glad the trilogy is offered as a single audio book since there is single plot that really does arc across the three books. Elija's portrayal is fantastic. Strikes a good balance between romance and the well thought out sci fi elements.

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Fantastic human story, sci fi could be better

Very well crafted story. Only frustration was how isolated the technology felt - I would like to have seen how the it better impacted and affected the world, but the human story was top notch hands down. Very relatable for creators and small business startups running on hard challenges.

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A Throwback to the Future

I absolutely loved Seth Clayton's performance in this trilogy!
Jordan Castillo Price wrote a great story. As with any science fiction, though, it is hard to keep up with the future. It may have totally been intentional, but I found the constant references to landline telephones with answering machines to be distracting - but that's mostly because I'm of that era, so it makes me nostalgic instead of future focused. The story was otherwise great and I listened from beginning to end with full attention. I love the characters and the easy "read," especially when read to me. A long recording of over 18hrs is not something I frequently take on, but this story was well worth it!

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  • 06-29-22

Love this author's work!

Just finished Remember Tomorrow and am left with a satisfaction with the end of story that doesn't always occur. The final mental picture of the characters in the story was more than an HEA. Combining current societal elements with fantastical technology made Castillo's world believable, and her people very real. Additional elements that made the story interesting and relevant was the inclusion of an autistic character, Elijah. I was fascinated by the work arounds Elijah had to use in order to function "normally", and how his neutral affect impacted the people around him, especially the other main character, Daniel. Elijah took what people said literally which led to confustion and frustration. Castillo developed Elijah's character to a higher level of functioning as he thought through the words and behaviors of the people around him. Fascinating to be on that mental journey! Daniel was in the midst of family and financial problems when he met Elijah. Daniel was deeply interested in Elijah, but wasn't sure he could live with Elijah's atypical neurology. Castillo developed Daniel's character through believable events that led to understanding himself and the people most important to him. This story felt well rounded, and with the exception of knowing the techology Castillo wove the story around doesn't exist today, I feel like I learned some things about life difficulties and resilience from Elijah and Daniel's story.
For those of you who decide to spend a credit on the trilogy, the beginning of the story, the scaffolding that ultimately supported the entire novel, was a mite difficult to understand. At least it was for me. But the disparate pieces came together in reasonable time and once built, the world and situational issues became compelling to listen to.

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  • Lif Hafdis
  • 09-04-22

contented

This was probably the most beautifully realistic sifi I have ever listened to! The storyline is not only incredible but the characters are so real og heartbreakingly amazing! The ending resonated so strongly with my I havent felt this contented in ages ❤️

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  • 05-03-22

Representation

I just really loved this story, and the narrator did such a great job as well. As a young autistic queer guy it felt really good being represented in a piece of media - and not in a way that necessarily only presents us as mentally deficient savantes, but with more depth, quirks and challenges. J.C. Price more than managed that.

I also really liked the fact that the 2nd books was from Elijahs POV, it really added perspective, and was so interestingly written compared to neurotupicals POV (which I wasn't really aware was a thing, but thought of more as a storytelling device).

All in all, a very sweet story that I definitely recommend!

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  • Kitti S. M.
  • 05-18-21

Stunning and sweet

I loved this trilogy! Maybe in the last book there were some moments where I could slap Daniel, but overall it was really good. The whole idea of mneming is awesome! I had a bit of a Cyberpunk braindance feeling about it, maybe they got the idea from here? :3 Just kidding, but who knows?
Seth Clayton is my newest star in narration. He did an amazing job here, I loved his every word! I liked the way he "treated" Elijah, and gave him a much detailed personality wih his voice.
I liked the dual pov through the trilogy, it gave a much better look for us to both of the MCs thoughts. I don't know anybody on the spectrum in person but I could see Elijah being a real person and it helps a bit to understand more the people living with Asperger.
All in all totally five star from me. I highly recommend reading - and listening more so.

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  • Saiyaku
  • 02-20-21

Great story.

I loved the story around the world of artificial dreams/memories but I also liked that the theme autism plays a big part in the Mnevermind collection.
The main protagonists Daniel & Elijah are likable and I enjoyed that the characters don't feel one dimensional. The relationship of those two very different characters plays a big part in the books and how they will make it work in the end but the relationship between Daniel and his father Big Dan is also an important part.
I especially loved the second book because it was interesting to get a look inside the world of Elijah and how he tries to cope in a world which is so strange for him.
(The first and the third book is written in Daniels view).
Seth Clayton was for me a new narrator but he did a wonderful job to bring the characters of J.C.Price's work to life.

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  • Dennis
  • 02-12-21

Autism Adventure and Love

First, there is so many storylines in this series the main is a young man with Autism who is gay and trying to coup with this in a way it is easy for him and still not understanding the who, what were he fits in. To be honest it a love story that is so touching you become part of the story. Daniel who he meets does not know much about Autism till he researches it online. You get to see how they both need to teach each other with Daniel not sure what he can do or not and Elijah trying to learn both Daniel as a man, his growing feelings and the ability to communicate and finally be able to understand each other.
There is so many other storylines you are kept busy in a way that each storyline is interwoven into the perfect love story, a story of forgiveness, acceptance and the ability to grow so you and the ones you love can grow and get better each and every day.
The author did an awesome job creating the story because many people who are handicapped never get to dream, to live and many find love because we see a handicap person and judge them by non handicapped standards which does not work, and we are wrong to judge them. Also, the author chooses the best narrator for this story he brought it alive to the point a listener could feel the sorry, see the colors the is spoken of brings Elijah alive were you see he not handicapped but young man who wants to love and be loved no strings attached.

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  • Trio
  • 01-28-21

Great Audio Version of this Wonderful Series!

What a treat to revisit this series in audio. Beautifully performed by Seth Clayton, he does great voices for the characters and adds a nice depth to the story. Definitely worth listening to whether this is your first time with this series or you're enjoying it for the first time.

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 02-24-20

Great sci-fi series, great characters, great value!

Castillo Price has produced another brilliant sci-fi series and it was easy to read all three books in a row. Not only does she create unique worlds, she always creates characters with great humanity. Daniel owns an mnemography business which allows clients to choose a fantasy memory experience. Daniel wades into each fantasy to help the client exit and one day he sees Elijah, a dark handsome stranger, who shouldn’t be in the mneme. The books explore Daniel and Elijah’s nascent relationship, the struggles with Daniel’s business, the malfunction that has left Daniel’s father with a persistent mneme, and Elijah’s autism. They are a beautiful set of stories with expert narration from Seth Clayton!

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  • Thing
  • 01-31-20

Excellent characterisation

The story was satisfying, but the characterization and performance were brilliant. I really enjoyed the second book from Elijah's POV. His perspective was often funny and made for a very enjoyable 'read'.

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  • ellanca
  • 11-01-22

Good

Tackling the autistic character thing, that's big, and I think it went pretty well. It's such a varied thing ASD, but at times it felt squirmily too close to home, glad I forged on. Also glad I got the set and just cruised through to the satisfying conclusion. As a miserable fucker myself I didn't always like Daniel but I got him. A manageable amount of angst, cool group of supporting characters and it really speaks to something nostalgic about 80s childhoods and sci-fi, that thing that Steven king and stranger things are mining. I came to this via the psycop series, which I'm digging despite a total lack of interest in ghosts, pleased to have discovered this author!

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  • Hebby~Bookworm
  • 05-16-19

Nice story with lovely characters

I put off reading the mnevermind books for ages because I didn’t think I’d connect with Elijah since he is autistic... I didn’t think the romance with a person with a disability would be something I’d enjoy or find believable.
I think the fact that book two is told from Elijah’s perspective really helped with that, and I really liked him as a character.

I feel the ending was a bit different to what I expected and also there was a fairly major plot thread in book two that just sort of petered out and didn’t go anywhere (the bullying), when I expected something more to happen.

But the time flew by listening to this and I found the story and characters engaging. I think when I listen to it for a second time I will enjoy it more.