Is it possible that a world can be divided by memory retention instead of race, wealth, or religion? Felicia Yap tells the story of a psychological thriller in Yesterday, centered around murder and a society where there are only two classes – Monos, those who can remember events from the past 24 hours; and Duos, those who retain up to 48 hours of memory. We speak to the Malaysian born author about her debut novel.
Can we expect a sequel to Yesterday?
I am currently writing Today, the prequel to Yesterday. The book is set in the same speculative world as Yesterday, an alternate reality where most people only remember yesterday. My Mono detective Hans Richardson must solve his first case (the disappearance of the girl he loves) before he loses his short-term memory at the age of eighteen.
I haven’t yet ruled out the possibility of writing a sequel, a third thriller set in the same world. If I do so, the sequel will probably take place in the near-future (a future involving iDiaries with predictive functions), with Hans conducting yet another murder investigation. If I do so, the book will – predictably – be called Tomorrow.
Yesterday retails for RM79.90, available in MPH and all major bookstores.