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False Memory (False Series #1)

False Memory (False Series #1)

3.8 4
by Dan Krokos

Winner of the 2013 International Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel!

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,


Winner of the 2013 International Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel!

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.

Dan Krokos' debut, hailed as a "memorable thriller," (Booklist) is a tour-de-force of non-stop action that will leave readers begging for the next book in this bold and powerful new series.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Miranda North wakes up on a bench in a shopping mall with no memory of who she really is. In an attempt to get help from a mall security officer, Miranda unintentionally sets off a psychic energy force that she possesses to dire effect. A chain of events swiftly plays out that help Miranda to realize that she is not alone in having psychic weaponry that can terrify and even kill other people. Over time, Miranda encounters other teens with which she shares both this psychic power and a clouded understanding of its purpose. In flight from the adults who have raised them from their earliest memory, Miranda and her comrades discover that the power they have is not designed for the uniform benefit of others. Along the way, Miranda and her friends meet other teens with not only the same powers but also identical genetic makeups. Some of these fellow travelers are friends while others are potentially deadly adversaries serving purposes beyond even their own comprehension. While these powers, their ultimate purpose, and the genetic engineering that created Miranda and her counterparts are initially unclear to her, all is revealed by the end of this science fiction thriller. Written in a fast paced manner, False Memory will appeal to adolescents with an interest in the potentially dire aspects of technology's advancement. Although there is a deus ex machina aspect to this book, its pace, romance, and subject matter should capture the fancy of a niche audience. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
VOYA - Dotsy Harland
Seventeen-year-old Miranda North comes to her senses in the middle of a shopping mall. She knows her name and age, and that she is in Cleveland, but beyond those basic facts her memory is gone. When she approaches a security guard for help, his suspicion of her causes her to emit brain waves of fear, driving the mall customers into a frenzy and causing a terrifying scene of death and destruction. In the midst of the calamity, Peter, a boy who claims to know Miranda, helps her escape and takes her to an underground compound, where she learns that she belongs to a group of four teenagers known as "Roses," who possess superhuman powers and have been raised to be sold as deadly weapons. The mystery deepens when they encounter Rhys, a rogue Rose with whom they join forces. As Miranda and her teammates Peter, Noah, and Olive, fight to help Rhys derail this terrible plot, they gradually discover that they are clones, and disturbing questions about their identities arise. Though the plot becomes extremely convoluted toward the end and the fight scenes are overabundant, Krokos's book has plenty of spirit. Readers will empathize with Miranda as she and her friends suffer shock after shock. Krokos writes in first-person through Miranda, which lends a sense of immediacy to this fast-paced tale. Fans of science fiction and intense action will enjoy this novel, which nicely sets the stage for a series. Reviewer: Dotsy Harland
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—"I don't know who I am, but I might be a badass." So says Miranda North when she wakes up on a park bench with no memory of who she is or where she came from. When she visits a mall, people react to her with stark fear, and in their haste to get away, they end up killing themselves. Peter explains that she is a Rose, a genetically enhanced human with super-soldier abilities and the power to inflict psychic fear on people. The purpose behind the Roses is to wield a new weapon in war, one that attains peace through chaos. Meanwhile, the creators of the Roses have a nefarious plan in mind; they want to release the Roses on Cleveland to see how much havoc can be wreaked. Peter is abducted by members of the Beta team-all clones of Miranda and her friends-and a rogue Rose named Rhys has plenty of unpleasant secrets up his sleeve. A love triangle adds to Miranda's confusion in this fast-paced sci-fi adventure. After a clunky beginning, the story picks up, and the stakes are heightened with the appearance of the cloned Beta team. A plot twist two-thirds of the way in, however, throws readers off and makes for a bit of confusion. Miranda is somewhat of an ambivalent character who handles her memory loss with remarkable acceptance. For fans of surface-level fast-paced stories.—Jamie Kallio, Orland Park Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Teens with mysterious abilities and the possibly sinister people who seek to control them are the ingredients for this end-of-summer thriller. For 17-year-old Miranda North, waking up in Cleveland with the memory of nothing beyond her name and age is a bit disconcerting. But when she makes a crowded mall panic with nothing more than the power of her mind, she's left wondering exactly what she is. Peter, immune to her psychic ability, offers his help, both in understanding who she is and what she can do. Back at a secret bunker, Miranda learns that there are others with special abilities, but an attack on the base forces Miranda to confront the Beta team, a city in chaos and the unknown people who created her. Miranda and her fellow Roses are a rather generic mash-up of common superheroes: not space aliens, but orphans with strange powers and questions about their origins. The action is non-stop, and Miranda is a refreshingly kick-ass heroine, with a focus on accomplishing her mission instead of snagging a man. Fans of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse series will find many elements quite familiar, but Krokos adds twists to make it his own. Nothing new here, but readers more interested in plot than depth will find it an appealing segue from summer into school. (Action. 10-14)

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False Series , #1
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5.76(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

After pumping gas for nine years to put himself through college, Dan Krokos, now twenty-six, became a full-time writer. He enjoys watching TV, playing MMORPGs, and drinking coffee. Currently, he's hard at work on the next book in Miranda's journey. Follow his antics on twitter (@DanKrokos) or visit his Web site, www.dankrokos.com.

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False Memory 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Miranda wakes up on a park bench with no memory of how she got there. While some details--like her name--are perfectly clear, Miranda's own reflection is a mystery. Worse, she soon realizes her amnesia is far from normal. Panicked and alone, Miranda releases an energy that creates pure panic in almost everyone around her. One boy named Peter is immune. He also has answers. Trusting Peter, Miranda soon learns she is part of an elite force--genetically engineered and trained to be a weapon. While her combat skills feel natural as they return to her, real memories are slower to come. Back home in her supposedly real life, Miranda feels like a stranger as she meets a boyfriend who did the unthinkable to "protect" her and handlers who seem to have even more unthinkable plans in store for Miranda and her friends in False Memory (2012) by Dan Krokos. False Memory is the first in a series and also Krokos' first novel. If the summary didn't make it clear enough, let me say right up front: False Memory is an action packed adventure filled with chases, fights and more twists than a stick of licorice.* Krokos has created an interesting premise--teenagers with genetically altered brains able to induce fear--and works with it very successfully for the most part. Some of the science starts to seem more like pseudo-science but since False Memory is a work of fiction, that's easy to forgive. Problems with the plot and characters are harder to ignore. While Krokos works well with Miranda's checkered memories of her past, not to mention her growing understanding of her present and possible future, she often comes across as one-dimensional as she fails to venture far from the "amnesiac girl" identifier she receives in the beginning of the story. The circumstances surrounding Miranda's memory loss are also impossible to ignore. Or accept given the premise of the story.** (Follow the stars for a spoiler discussion.) Readers looking for something beyond non-stop action and twists will be better served by another book. While Miranda is likable and more than capable, she always manages to come across as secondary to Noah and Peter--despite literally being the narrator of her own story--illustrating that it takes more than showing a female character doing kickass things and being tough/smart to make a strong female character. It takes depth too. Hopefully readers will get more of that in book two. Regardless of who is taking the lead in the story, readers hoping to find an exciting read that is heavy on action and plot twists will not be disappointed here. Plus, the ending of False Memory points to even more shocks and adventure to be had in the sequel False Sight due out in 2013. *Seriously, it's twisty and turny fun from start to finish! **SPOILERS AHEAD: We learn fairly early on that Miranda's memory loss is a direct consequence of not getting her proper memory shots. The shots were altered. By her boyfriend. I kept reading the story waiting for some big reveal when I could say to myself, "Ah, I finally understand! That right there is why he changed Miranda's shots. All is clear now." But things never got clearer. Instead we learn that Noah absconded with Olive***, who stayed in possession of her memories, while he left Miranda stranded in a city with no memories of her life. Why? For her protection. To keep her safe. Miranda, even without any memory of her past, can induce heart-stopping panic, wield a combat staff and identify countless guns. She is great with a sword and hand-to-hand combat situations. So, let me ask you, dear readers, does this sound like a girl who needed anything done for her protection? That Noah has no other justification, no other logic is vaguely ridiculous and systematic of poor plotting. Miranda needed amnesia and this slap-dash logic on Noah's part was somehow the best way to make that happen. ***Don't even get me started on Olive. I'm assuming she is an Asian character between her long dark hair and almond eyes which are usually shorthand for minority character. Which is fine. Let's talk about why the only secondary female character (who wasn't evil) and the only minority character that I spotted (did you see others) was so quickly dispatched at the end of the story. It could easily have happened to a different character. It could easily have been skipped all together. So why, exactly, did it have to be Olive? *This book was acquired for review from the publisher at BEA 2012*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good read!
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
False Memory by author Dan Krokos is an exciting read. I honestly didn’t expect to have as much fun reading it as I did and am so glad that I fell in love with this read. False Memory is an action packed sci-fi read that kept me on my toes and kept me hooked until the very end. By the time I was finished I was so excited to find out what would happen to main character Miranda and her teammates. In False Memory Miranda has no memory of who she is. When she accidentally ends up murdering most of the people in a single mall she ends up leaving with Peter. An attractive, tough guy who claims to know who Miranda used to be. Miranda discovers that she is a part of a group of genetically altered teens who have combative skills and abilities that can bring whole cities to their knees. Peter and Miranda are sent out to find and retrieve their two missing teammates Olive and Miranda’s boyfriend who she can’t remember, Noah. When the four teens learn that about a plan involving them and the true nature of their abilities they find themselves with no other options but to run for their lives. However they are being hunted and learn that everything they ever knew might be a complete lie and that there are secrets about Miranda’s past that none of them know. False Memory is probably one of the best sci-fi reads I’ve gotten to read. It’s action packed, exciting and has a kickass heroine who I cheered for until the very last page. There are plot twists I didn’t see coming, emotional scenes that had left me with many outbursts and (yay!) romance. This read has definitely got a little something for everybody. Author Dan Krokos writing really brings the story to life. I could easily see the novel playing out in my mind like a movie with every action scene being very fast paced and thrilling. Miranda is the type of female heroine that I’ve really liked getting to see lately in YA. Besides her being a very powerful female character Miranda also has perfect fighting skills and a superpower that scares me. But apart from all of that Miranda also has a personality that I think a lot of readers will like. She’s smart, brave and heroic. Even in the face of danger and when she discovers a lot of things about herself and her teammates and the people who made them, Miranda still remains fearless and badass. She is totally awesome. Plus she’s also stuck in a sort-of love triangle between two guys who are amazing and totally had me fangirling over them. Peter and Noah are the two romantic interests that Miranda has in False Memory. One of them is her ex-boyfriend that she only remembers from brief flashes from her past life (Noah), the other is the guy who brought her back to the team and used to their leader (Peter). What I really liked about False Memory was that the romance didn’t become the main focus of the plot, the characters were focused on accomplishing their goal and the romance just came second. Personally I was cheering on Team Peter the whole read… but I’m sure that a lot of readers will find themselves crushing on Noah too. I would recommend False Memory to readers who are looking for a read that are looking for a sci-fi read that will definitely have them addicted until the last page, readers who are looking for a fast paced read with tons of action and readers who are looking for an awesome female protagonist. Readers who want to check out a unique read should definitely look at False Memory.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
Wow. What an awesome read! I found myself hooked from the very first page! Seriously, I could not put this one down to save my life! From page one, we are thrown right into the middle of this action packed story and there is seriously no down time for our main character Miranda. We first meet her and she has no memory of her life. She knows her name and her age and that's it. After a very unsettling incident at the mall, Miranda finds a boy sitting calmly amidst the chaos and seeks him out for answers. He is Peter, a friend and a part of her team. Peter is very calm, controlled, and direct. He explains what Miranda needs to know and then continues on. He is the leader of the team and I found myself really liking him. Miranda is such an awesome character. Not only can she kick serious butt, but despite losing her memory, she doesn't freak out over what's happening to her. She remains in control and even though she has no idea what is going on, decides to trust Peter and get some answers. After finding out she is part of a team whose brains have been engineered to affect other people's brains, she also learns that they have to be administered special shots in order to keep from losing their memory. Peter brings her back to headquarters where she finds out their team consisted of two others: Noah and Olive (both of whom are currently MIA). Miranda discovers that Noah was her boyfriend, yet she has no memory of being with him. This certainly makes things a bit awkward once her and Peter do find both Noah and Olive. I didn't dislike Noah, but I didn't find myself rooting for him and Miranda to work out either. We find out that he made some pretty big decisions that really affected the whole team. You can tell he feels really guilty about them, though. We don't get a whole lot of character development in this story. However, I still found myself liking them and enjoying reading about them, so the lack of depth didn't deter me from reading at all! We do have somewhat of a love triangle, but considering Miranda doesn't even remember Noah, it's really a non-issue right now. I do think this will play a larger role in the next book, though. However, the romance is pretty low key and not the main focus of the story. The story is fast moving, well paced, and full of surprising plot twists that I didn't even see coming. I love a good sci-fi story and I really feel like this one fit the bill perfectly. Memory loss, genetically altered people being used as weapons, clones, mass destruction and chaos... what's not to get excited about?!