Original title: Todo lo que podríamos haber sido tú y yo si no fuéramos tú y yo
Marcos has just lost his mother and has sworn to stay awake forever more. He has paid for an injection, which will render him unable to sleep ever again. Although definitely an interesting sub-plot, it wasn’t really linked to the main story in a way that made any sense or difference to the story.
I thought it was a missed opportunity, especially after Espinosa had gone to the trouble to point out how much we would miss sleep if it wasn’t available to us any longer. Linking it to the more surrealist aspect of the book would have been intriguing.
There was an unspoken, yet hinted at, sense of inappropriate closeness between mother and son. It seemed almost incestuous, which is interesting because of the way that theme links to the end of the story. ( the book is about 130 pages in length)
It isn’t easy to fit this into one genre, because it is a mixture of sci-fi (just a smidgen) and a kind of transcendental fantasy. Personally I think the story was more about souls, rebirth and parallel worlds.
Souls and soulmates being connected through time, space and different worlds. Connected, disconnected and reborn to find each other once again. Sometimes they find each other, but the relationships they are born into keep them from being together in the here and now.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.