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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Oleander: Memories Are Deleted in Space is a work of fiction in the science fiction, interpersonal drama, and mystery sub-genres, and was penned by author Ryan Armstrong. Written for adult audiences due to mature themes and scenes, we find ourselves with a very interesting protagonist in Dr. Emily Bircher. Emily has had her memories deleted, which results in her being persuaded by the government to go to a far-flung exoplanet and explore its vastness. Once there, Emily meets a new life form who she can communicate with, but the residual pain in her heart stops her from accessing true understanding. What results is a fascinating journey of discovery, both inner and outer.
Author Ryan Armstrong has crafted a superb work of science fiction, one which delivers both a fantastic conceptual plot of alien exploration and a compelling emotional narrative that drives the message of love and memory home very deeply. The central protagonist lies at the heart of this tale, and Emily’s narrative presentation allows us to get really close to her heart and mind on her amazing quest. The heartache leaps off the page and, as readers, we have the inside information on why she is in such pain, which makes us feel so deeply involved in the plot. Once the exploration element of the story gets going, the drama really goes up another notch, with excellent pacing that builds to some thought-provoking conclusions. Overall, I would highly recommend Oleander: Memories Are Deleted in Space to fans of complex and emotive science fiction everywhere.