False Memory

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Title: False Memory
Author: Dan Krokos
Series: False Memory #1
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Suspense
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Galley sent by Publisher through NetGalley
Rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads Synopsis
Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn't at all surprised by Miranda's shocking ability.
Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn't easy--especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can't remember loving. Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn't seem to matter...when there may not be a future.

My Thoughts
The concept of Dan Krokos' debut YA novel is a good one. It starts off quick and doesn't stop until the very end. Miranda is a well rounded character that sets up the rest of the cast from the very beginning. Because of her memory loss, we are forced to learn everything through her naive eyes. And that includes her friends and her once-upon-a-time boyfriend. Miranda was more often than not, confused about everything around her and that was a large part of her charm. 

What I liked: The pace of the story was fast and quick, especially at the beginning which helped me get into the story right away. I loved Miranda as a character, she is smart and witty, yet had am element of innocence that I loved. Her inability to differentiate from the past she can't remember and the present made for a very compelling love triangle that can compete with the best. 

What I did not like: The length of the fighting scenes seemed to drag on too long for my tastes, especially near the end of the novel. I found myself wanting more details concerning why they were fighting their creators and who they were exactly. I also found myself wanting more explanation on their condition and why they exist in the first place. Their ability to instil fear in anyone just by using their mind is an amazingly brilliant idea, but I was left with more questions than answers near the end of the book. But then again, there is a second book on the way and there will most likely be answers within its ages, and I can't wait to read it!

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  1. I liked this one aver all too, although I was a little bored at first. Great review :)