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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Julia's Memories and the Interflow of Things by Dave Droge consists of two volumes, starting with Julia sharing her experiences growing up through her memoirs and ending with a science fiction journey where technology is in control. The story explores her search for identity and what events transpired in her past to make her who she is. Julia searches through the past to find answers for the secrets about her father and longs to fill in the missing pieces. The Interflow of Things occurs during 2020 when the hyper-intelligent company entity of Ypsilon is making a play for power and technology has taken rule. A group of hackers is tasked with saving people from Ypsilon and stopping the company's evil plan.
The structure of the novel is formatted in the style of memoirs but with a futuristic spin as it is told by Julia through the use of her robot. By using the memoir style, Dave Droge dives into Julia's innermost thoughts and experiences with a mystery throughout which explores Julia's search for answers about the holes in her memories and the years before her father's death. These memoirs read as a coming of age tale that delves into what she's learned, and finding her strength in various traumas in her life. The present time is set during the year 2050 so Droge includes several future advancements even in the memoirs, but these experiences are realistic and easy to connect with. These advancements are the background to Julia's life and her experiences as a human being with emotions, and her journey through childhood with mysteries.
The Interflow of Things section has more futuristic advancements, given the role of technology in the story. The format slowly changes throughout to include sections from other perspectives and breaks such as logs. Letters and the responses she receives are included to further explore what she's been through and the story comes to life through what's shared. The responses allow for a chance to get to know other characters and their experiences. Droge delivers two delightful stories which explore a coming of age journey and science fiction mysteries with family, friendship, advanced technology, and the meaning of life.