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Winner of the 2013 Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel
Posted November 20, 2012
One look at the cover and the synopsis got me sold on this book. I love a good thriller, and it seemed like I was going to get plenty of action and thrills with thisbook. After having read the book, I can say that there is a lot of intrigue built into the story. Characters aren't always who they seem to be, and there is so much more behind Miranda and those like her than being genetically-altered teens. However, the way that the story was written doesn't live up to my expectations. The plot takes too long to build, and the characters talk younger than their years. Given their strict upbringing, I was expecting the group to act and talk more like soldiers.
Miranda's characterization was pretty well done. She's fierce and holds her own against the boys; at the same time, there are these soft edges around her that expose her vulnerabilities. She can be quick to go with the flow, but I can see how it's necessary for the plot. Being an amnesiac, Miranda can't really act much on her own until she gets a better grasp on what's going on. Even after learning more about who she is and what she's meant to do, Miranda's group has been kept in the dark on some important matters, and the book is mostly about them uncovering the creation of the Roses, which makes me think that this book is setting up for a bigger, greater mystery to come.
What really brings the story to life is cast of characters surrounding Miranda. It's sad how she can't remember more about these wondrously fun people. They are great friends and people who you can count on to watch you back in a fight. There's a bit of a love triangle, though not the kind I was expecting. There's a bit of an odd development that comes in towards the end, and while I feel as though things don't get quite resolved on this matter, it doesn't look like there's more that needs to be said on this account.
The secrets are more complex than I initially imagined and most of them come out towards the end of the novel. This was pretty frustrating for me as so little gets covered over the span of the book, and most of it is farily predictable. This is a debut novel, however, so some leeway should be given. Overall, Dan Krokos has created a fascinating world in False Memory. Much creativity has gone into the development of the Roses, including scientific explanations for the abilities of the teens, and the end promises more action to come. I'll be on the lookout for book two, False Sight!
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Posted August 13, 2012
When seventeen year old Miranda North wakes up on a park bench with no memory other than her name and age, she does what any normal amnesiac would do, she seeks help. Feeling threatened instead of helped, she panics, unleashing a mysterious energy which incites terror into everyone around her. Everyone, except Peter, the guy with the strange blue eyes who doesn't seem affected or surprised by what's going on. He tells her they're friends, he can help her, but she'll have to trust him. How can she though, he's a complete stranger, isn't he? They set off for a place called, "home", that Miranda obviously has no recollection of and along the way Peter does his best to explain what's happened to her, and her memories. As they scale buildings and leap across roofs like it's child plays, he tells her there are in fact, four of them, including Noah and Olive (who she also can't remember). Together, they make up an elite force of genetically altered teens known as Roses. They all have kick ars combat skills and abilities that can paralyze a city in seconds. The Roses are designed to be human weapons but like any weapon which is created for a good purpose, if it falls into the wrong hands, it can be used for evil. When Miranda and the rest of the team stumble upon a devious plan, one that has the potential to harm a lot of innocent people, they decide it's up to them to stop it. What they discover will make them question everything they've believed to be true, about their pasts and where they really came from. When they come face to face with their enemies, it will be unlike anything they've been trained for. I'm so glad I let myself be lured away into this fast paced, action packed story with it's interesting plot and twists and turns that literally had me on the edge of my chair right up to the last page! And I can't WAIT to find out what's in store for Miranda and the rest of her team in FM2!
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Posted August 14, 2014
Posted August 9, 2013
Wow! What an Awesome adventure! I really enjoyed this book so much! I definitely thought I would like this book, but I had no idea how much I would really love it! The plot was unlike anything I've ever read. It was unpredictable and different, but in a good way kinda way. As soon as I thought I had something figured out, BAM, something I never could of imagined was thrown up in the mix!
The writing and plot suck me in from the first page, and then I was hooked! The author has an amazing way with words, that just captivated me, and glued me to the pages, craving more. Even when their wasn't that much going on in the plot (Which wasn't Often) I was still glued to the pages, lost in this amazing adventure! It had so much action that I couldn't keep up with it! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to keep up with my racing mind! This is truly an original and amazing book, that anyone who loves Sci-f and even dystopia will love, I have no doubt, it was sensational!!!
Miranda wakes up alone on a bench and doesn't remember anything. She doesn't know who she is, where she came from, or what she's capable of. She only knows her name is Miranda and she's seventeen years old, that's it, that's all she can remember. So she strolls into a mall looking for answers, only to find trouble! She decides the best thing for her to do is to find help. So she seeks out the malls security guard, and for some reason she knows he's the one you go to if you need help. So that's what she does, she approaches the mall's guard and tells him she lost her memory and that she doesn't remember anything. The security guard thinks its just a big ol' high school prank that she's trying to pull, so he dismisses her and tells her to leave, but she insist that she's not lying. Things don't go good after that, and Miranda feels threatened by this guard and does something she didn't even know she could do. She sends out fear waves from her mind that emits fear and sends everyone around her into a panic. She has no idea what's going on as people start to go insane around her, she only knows she's the cause of their insanity. Everyone either flees or dies trying, except for this one boy sitting at a table eating chicken like nothings going on, and then that's when Miranda finally gets her answers!
Miranda is a weapon created to emit fear on those around her and send them into a panic. She is the ultimate weapon of destruction! And there are more like her! Peter, the boy in the mall is one of them. He tells her that she lost her memory because she missed her shots, and that if she doesn't come back with him to their home and take her daily shots, then it will start all over again, and she would never know who or what she is. So Miranda is convinced that the answers must lie with this boy Peter and decides the only way to find out where she belongs is to trust him and follow him back to "Their So Called Home." And that's when the real adventure starts!
All is not what it seems in Miranda's world, and as she tries to discover who or what she is, she comes to realize that the same people who created her, may be the same people that will try to end her. She goes on the mission of her life with her teammates in tow to find the truth behind The Creators and what their hiding. But what she finds might not only end her life, but the rest of the City, if The Creators are not stopped in time!
Doesn't that sound amazing? It was, it really was a Fantastic read, and totally not what I was expecting, but in a good way! It was way better then anything I could of imagined, and I am really looking forward too jumping back into this series as soon as the second book release in a couple of days, on August 13, 2013! I will be reading it as soon as it releases!
Posted July 26, 2013
I want to thank Disney Hyperion for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.
Blurb 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.
Dan Krokos’ debut 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
First, I have to say that I was pushed to read this book because the publisher sent me the second book in the series, and I do not read series out of order. Then, at BEA, I bumped into Jen from Jenuine Cupcakes while she was standing on line to get the second book signed by the author. She told me that I must read this book. That it is so good I would not be able to put it down. Normally, I take people's reviews with a grain of salt, after all, everyone is so different in their likes and dislikes, right? But Jen, oh she was SO right. This book capture my attention from the first page, literally, and had me reading it without wanting to put it down. As a matter of fact, had it not been for the fact that my body was telling me I must get some sleep, I surely would have finished it in one day! Yup, it was that great.
Now, the cover of this book is just gorgeous. First off, I am a total blue fanatic. So that drew me right in. And the design is unique. Unlike so many other YA books we are seeing these days, this one does not plaster a boy or girl on the front trying to pull you in with their beautiful eyes or swoony good looks. And after you read the book, the cover makes total and complete sense.
Miranda is such a strong character. I was surprised at how feminine she came across considering this book was written by a male author. I think it's so hard to get that balance when you are writing from the opposite sex's point of view, but Krokos nailed it. She's completely relatable and real. I don't feel like she is contrived in any way. There is nothing soft and demure about her. She can kick some major butt! And, since she has no memories of who she was before, she starts to make her own memories and realizes that whoever she was doesn't matter because she can only be who she is now. The circumstances of her missing memory are quite a mystery. It's not that we don't know why they are gone, but it's why she starts to remember bits and pieces here and there, why she has flashbacks when she was told she most likely would not remember a thing. And she is on a quest to piece that puzzle together, whatever it takes. She does not sit back and just go by what others tell her, she actively seeks out what she needs to help her regain her life. As her mystery slowly unfolds, we find that she is fiercely loyal to her friends and would do anything to save them, for they are the only family she knows.
Now Peter, I really liked him. He's strong and focused and is not afraid to stand up for what he thinks is right. He makes decisions in the worst of situations, never showing fear or worrying that he may get hurt or killed in the process. His allegiance lies with his team, and he will stop at nothing to keep them together and to keep them safe. He has a bit of mystery surrounding him for sure. You know there is a connection to Miranda, but you're not sure what it is. On the other hand, you want them to be drawn to each other. I felt like he always had her best interests in mind and would do anything to protect her.
Noah, well, I'm not quite sure what to make of him. Like Peter, he has a bit of a mysterious air about him. But unlike Peter, it makes me feel I can't trust him, like he's hiding something from Miranda. At first, when I found out what he did I was really angry with him, who wouldn't be. But then I was kind of routing for him because i could not imagine the pain he was going through at watching Miranda be at a loss as to who he was. He seems to be a very impulsive person, which I think gets him in trouble more times than not.
Olive, well, she stands by Miranda, but she holds a "secret" of her own. She's fairly relatable, but I thought there could have been more of a connection with Miranda since she is supposed to be her best friend. She's certainly one of the calm ones in the group and doesn't make rash decisions.
As for the plot, it is totally and completely unique. A mixture of dystopian and sci-fi, it grips you right from the start. It's fast paced and engrossing. The underlying theme of memory loss and how the characters are able to keep their memories is very intriguing. I love how much action there is. There wasn't a moment when I turned the page to a new chapter and wanted to put the book down. It's non-stop and has your heart racing from beginning to end. I will say that I would have liked a bit more world building. While I would say this has dystopian elements associated with it, I'm not quite sure I would necessarily put it in that category. Since I have no idea the actual circumstances that brought the doctors to creating Miranda and her team, it's hard to tell if it is part of some kind of government plot or if it's just a bunch of crazy scientists who think they can rule the world. The best part of this story are the unexpected twists and turns it takes. When you find out things you were not expecting and it turns the whole story around, that's am amazing story line. It is completely engaging and there were moments when I had to stop and think about what was actually happening and how it related to other parts of the book. It was like the author slowly took the blinders off as you read!
And Dan's writing is flawless. He doesn't overly use adjectives or adverbs to fill his sentences. There is no info dump that takes you out of the story. Rather, he relies on the characters to paint a picture of his world. I love his use of flashbacks and how they come at moments when Miranda is least expecting to remember something. They give us a unique view into her "past". And Krokos writes compelling and distinctly unique characters. There is not one personality that is not unique or different from the other. Each scene plays out perfectly in my mind, each character shows me what is going on. And I love books where the images are so clear in my mind it's almost like a movie. I can definitely see this book making it to the big screen. It reminded me of Total Recall, which also had a very unique plot.
Overall, I truly enjoyed this book. It's a worthwhile read for anyone who enjoys a good sic-fi thriller with a bit of romance.
5/5 fist bumps
Posted July 22, 2013
Posted January 15, 2013
This was a pretty good read, left me curious throughout most of it where the Alpha and Beta teams really came from until the end. I will look forward to reading the sequel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 2, 2012
This book was amazing it would have me on the edge of my seat if i werent lying down while i was reading it! I absoluty loved the characters and was so sad to get to the end of the book but so happy to all my questions answered! You will LOVE this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 4, 2012
Posted August 19, 2012
False Memory by Dan Krokos I must say, I was impressed. I went into the
book unaware but curious and came out anxious for the sequel. False
memory centers on Miranda, a teenage girl that wakes up alone with no
memory of who she is or how she came to be in Cleveland. Alone and
seeking help from a man in uniform, Miranda soon discovers that she is
more than just a girl with no memory. Unaware of her ability to
psychically project fear into the minds of those around her, Miranda in
a struggle to get help finds herself literally projecting her panic into
the minds of those around her. With the assistance of Peter, a boy of
her same age, Miranda sets out on a journey to rediscover who she was
and what she is. Together, Miranda and Peter team up with her past and
Peters present to take down an organization designed to forge terror
into the minds of the innocent and wreak havoc on the unsuspecting.
Along the way, Miranda and Peter along with Olive and Noah discover that
they are more and less than they originally thought. Fighting to both
remember and wanting to forget the four teens maintain friendship,
trust, respect and new love. False Memory was a fun and fast paced
read that kept my interest and kept me wanting to come back when I was
forced to put it down.
Posted August 14, 2012
False Memory is an expressive and beautifully written novel that encompasses all the best qualities of the science fiction genre for young adults. Dan Krokos' debut is a prime example of what keeps readers reading. . . period!
Miranda North is seventeen years old and missing memories of her life before waking up alone on a bench in an unfamiliar place. Nothing could be worse than amnesia, but when amnesia turns out to be a complete loss of memory caused by her genetic makeup Miranda has more reasons to worry. Discovering the dangerous psychic power she has and the loyal team that comes along with it, Miranda gets back pieces of who she may have been.
The journey that takes Miranda and her team of Roses into the fight for their lives is believable and filled with action, action, and yes, more action! Krokos delivers explosive revelations and thought-provoking themes along with demanding suspense and adventure. False Memory has a plot that will invade dreams and make impossible to forget the world Krokos draws readers into with effortless precision.
*Novel provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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