From the blurb:
When Calden wakes up – every time he wakes up – the last thing he can recall is a debilitating headache that even his medical background failed to identify as anything more serious than a regular headache. He also remembers his decision to ignore the fact that his best friend Eli is married and to tell him about his long-standing feelings for him. He remembers June second.
But it is not June second anymore. The tattoos on his arm and chest prove it. They also tell him why he doesn’t remember anything past June second… and why Eli sleeps in his bed now.
When Calden wakes up – every time he wakes up – he gets to discover Eli is in love with him for the first time all over again.
Anterograde is an interesting, well written book about an aloof, talented surgeon with anterograde amnesia and his relationship with longtime friend-turned-lover.
Kallysten is a new to me author, but I was so impressed by her writing skills that she will be on my radar in the future. The book is told in a non-linear fashion, but you also have the choice to read it chronologically. I chose to read it as the author presented it, and I have to say, I sort of regret that. I found the jumps in time to be pretty confusing, and I kept flipping back through my Kindle to check and compare dates. Part of the confusion is that the story has a pretty narrow focus so not many events transpire. That makes the days sort of blur together, in a way.
This book strongly reminded me of the movie Momento, which is discussed in the book, though not by name. It also reminded me of 50 First Dates, which I adore. It also reminded me a lot of The River Leith. I enjoy amnesia books- what?? I mean, it's a classic romance trope, but it just works for me. I liked how Calden and Eli had to win each other's trust time and time again, and their system of tattoos to remember important things. They were sweet together, though Calden is sort of dick.
I liked best that each time they knocked boots, it felt like the first time for Calden. The shyness was adorable, and it warmed me to him as a character.
What really bugged me, though, about the book was the lazy world-building. This book takes place in a dystopian future where demons (??) or something exist and the world is under attack, but that aspect of the book is really underdeveloped. We get nearly nothing in terms of world-building, which was very frustrating. Also, like I said, I found the format to be too jumpy for my taste and mildly confusing.
Overall, this was an interesting read in a trope that I will never get sick of. I think this was a great into to Kallysten, and I'm pretty pleased overall with the story. Nicely done.
**Copy provided in exchange for an honest review**