"I’d spent so long feeling like I couldn’t do anything right, I was in a prime position to appreciate the fact that I found it very easy to make Elijah happy. Hell, maybe that’s where the seed of the idea for my new mnem had come from. Phenomenally satisfying things, but simple, even to the point of being mundane. Those are the experiences that make up the bedrock of a happy life. Not the roller coasters, but the long, easy stretches of road."
I liked the first two books in the Mnevermind trilogy better. This one had WAY too many technical details, even more so than the first book. I found myself zoning out from time to time with all the info dump.
And honestly, I was disappointed with the ending. I don't like open endings and almost every big conflict from this and the previous books has been left unresolved. Like Elijah's trouble with bottoming, him cutting his ties with his ex-wife or if there will ever be a cure to Big Dan's condition. There was also this HUGE conflict in the second book with Elijah being bullied at work by his co-worker, but this issue was also completely dropped and ignored.
I don't expect every story to be wrapped up in a neat little bow, but I need at least some answers and a certain feeling of closure. But this installment left me unsatisfied. I can only hope that Jordan Castillo Price will continue with this series one day, because I really liked the characters.
"He cupped my jaw and ran his thumb over my cheekbone and said, "I can't stop thinking about you, and all I want to do is be with you. Even if it's like walking through a minefield."
Ever since Heidi Cullinan's "Carry the Ocean", I have a soft spot for MCs on the autistic spectrum. So not only did the POV switch from Daniel to Elijah totally take me by surprise, but I was ECSTATIC when I started the first chapter.
And whereas I already liked Elijah in the first book, I absolutely LOVED him in this one.
The way he accepted being gay just like that, how he handled it and how he dealt with life in general and his feelings towards Daniel - everything about him just felt so real and was so touching and fascinating that I didn't want this book to end.
And though the blossoming relationship between Elijah and Daniel is still in its early stage, their chemistry was undeniably palpable, both in and out of the bedroom.
From the author's note:
"It was important for me to really do justice to Elijah and ensure he wasn’t a parody. It was also crucial to make sure he had an actual personality and wasn’t merely a bundle of textbook traits. I think things like his doggedness, his unflinching and methodical observances and his high opinion of his own intellect give him some nice abrasive texture. If all we saw of him were his challenges and sufferings, he’d be a wimpy and unlikeable character. I also wanted to make sure he had lots of room to grow."
I'd say mission accomplished, Ms. Price!
"I like you, and I think you like me."
What a great kick-off for a trilogy. Though there were too many technical details and too little romance and steam for my taste (there was just a tiny little hand job at the end, blink and you'll miss it), I can't help but admire Jordan Castillo Price's compelling and fantastic writing and how she constantly delivers well-developed and believable characters, refreshing new concepts and ideas and an imaginative world-building.
I can't wait to see what happens next.
PS: I just LOVED the character of goofy, but loyal Larry. Everyone should have a friend like Larry.