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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

False Memory by Dan Krokos

This book wasn't on my radar until I started researching some of the authors for Austin Teen Book Festival. Of course I knew who many of them were, and had read some of their books. But Dan Krokos was new to me, and False Memory sounded interesting, so I decided to check it out before we headed down to Austin.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) I was pleasantly surprised at the level of talent in this debut. Not surprised that he was a good writer, I mean, he was published, obviously. But for a debut, this was very well written and had the depth that I've come to expect from more experienced authors. I fully expect that Mr. Krokos is someone we've not seen the last of! 2) "Genetically-altered teens" - hm....can you go wrong with a phrase like that? There are so many different ways that this could go, but I always love stories with teens that have some sort of supernatural powers and there is some scientific research angle included. The science that they talked about in this book was very interesting, and kept my mind wondering the entire time I was reading. The level of intellect and creativity amazed me. 3) The characters. It was hard to get to know Miranda at first, and she was the main characters, so I started off being bothered by that. But at the same time, I had to remind myself that she doesn't know herself either, and is relying on friends that she has no memory of to fill in all the gaps in her memory. But I really came to like her, as well as Peter, Noah, and Olive. We get to see these relationships rebuild, develop and change, instead of jumping into some already established relationships, and that was a very fun part of the story. 4) The action. This book is non-stop. It's fast-paced and packed full of action. Despite the length (over 300 pages) I raced through this novel. There is never a dull moment in the lives of these teens (the Roses), and the excitement was almost tangible. 5) The suspense. I'm not even sure suspense is the right word. There are so many twists in this story, and you are kept guessing right up until the very end. Who can you trust, who is dangerous. The whole story is so mind-boggling that you don't know what you'll find from one page to the next.

What I Didn't Like: Nothing. I loved everything about it!

Overall Thoughts: I 100% recommend this book to any of my followers or readers who seem to enjoy the same books that I read on this blog. There is something for everyone in False Memory, but I think MY personal favorite part was how I was able to be surprised by everything. My mind being messed with, in a book at least, is something that I'm always impressed by when an author is able to do it. Big time props to Dan for bringing this level of creativity, imagination and intellect to the table with his debut series, and I can't wait to read what more he has in store for us!

My Rating: 5 shots

5 comments:

  1. I love great fast paced books with awesome characters. It sounds like this is the type of book I would really enjoy. Awesome review!!

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    1. I know a lot of people are going to enjoy this one! I hope you get around to reading it soon(ish)!

      Courtney

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  2. you have the cutest blog and review of all~ absolutely everything here~

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    1. Awe, thanks!! :) Stop by anytime!

      Courtney

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  3. I've had this review starred for a while and I finally read it. You've convinced me! I need to read this book soon. Also, I love the Christmas layout!

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