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Posted September 12, 2013
I want to thank Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy of this book to read and review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.
First, I have to say that I read the first book of this series in no time. I loved it so much and could not wait to break into the second one. I can honestly say that Dan is now one of my favorite writers and I will read anything he writes! As a matter of fact, I want to break into his middle grade series next!
If you did not read the first book in this series, then stop here. I can't promise there won't be a spoiler from that book!
Blurb from Goodreads:
All Miranda wants is a normal life. She's determined to move past the horrible truth of her origin as a clone so she can enjoy time with her boyfriend, Peter, and the rest of her friends at school. But Miranda quickly learns that there's no such thing as normal - not for a girl who was raised to be a weapon. When one of her teammates turns rogue, it begins a war that puts the world in jeopardy. Now Miranda must follow her instincts - not her heart - in order to save everything she's fought so hard to keep. with the image of a terrible future seared into her mind, what will she have to sacrifice to protect the people she loves?
Dan Krokos's sequel to the tour de force False Memory is a mind-blowing thriller with high-octane action that will leave readers begging for the final book in this bold and powerful trilogy.
As with the first book, I really love the cover. I love that it is simple and, unlike so many YA novels these days, there isn't a brooding guy or girl on the cover vying for my attention. Simplistic, futuristic, and just fantastic.
So, if you didn't read the first book in this series, you would not understand this one at all. You really need the back ground from the first one to not only understand the world but also the characters and their relationships. You have to understand the family unit they have and how they were created to understand their motives for trying to find those who want to kill them. They have a keen sense of how to stay alive and they will use all their will to do so.
And the characters continue to be relatable and realistic, in sic-fi, futuristic, robot type of way.
Miranda is the most kick butt heroine I have ever met. She's fantastically stealth and strong. She gives everything 110% without a second thought. She does have her moments where she is a bit selfish and has her angsty moments, but she has all good intentions in mind for sure.
And Peter, ugh, he continues to be one of the most swoon worthy book boyfriends I have ever met. He's completely committed to Miranda and to making sure his friends are safe. He's such a fantastically created character. He's as strong as Miranda and he struggles just as much as she does with how to protect everyone. And the romance between him and Miranda is subtle, yet you feel this strong bond between them that you know just can't be broken. I love that the book doesn't center around the romance, it centers around the story!
As for Noah and Rhys, well, I love their banter and the way they interact. I didn't think I would have laughable moments in this book, but I did, and mostly because of this relationship.
I was completely surprised by the turn this book took. I knew it was science fiction, but I never thought there would be anything otherworldly about the book. But there is, and it was such a great addition to the story! Think alternate dimensions, time travel and post-apocolyptic worlds! It's really entertaining and almost impossible to put down. As a matter of fact, Krokos goes so far to the top, I'm not sure how he's going to take it any further in the third book!
And talk about puzzles. This book is filled with mysteries that build upon one another until the entire truth is revealed. It's amazing how Krokos helps you put it altogether as you go. I really had no idea what twist or turn the book would take next, it left me breathless almost every time. And then I found myself struggling with a whole slew of emotions I never thought would come from this book.
This series is completely addictive. Just like the first, it is filled with action, adventure, great relationships, scary scenes and even a bit of romance. And the chapters are a quick read and leave you wanting more at each end. And the end, oh gosh, it made me cry! Yup, I didn't think this series would bring tears to my eyes, but it did! What a cliff hanger that leaves me wanting the third book!
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Posted August 26, 2013
After the way that False Memory by author Dan Krokos ended I was eager to find out what would happen next to Miranda and her teammates. (And if you haven’t read the first novel in this totally awesome, sci-fi trilogy I recommend you turn back RIGHT NOW and get reading) As readers who finished False Memory know Miranda, Peter, Sequel, Rhys and Noah discovered the existence of the creators and that they are all clones of their original selves. In False Sight the characters return and find themselves to be Earth’s last hope.
After everything that happened in False Memory the team decides to try and live normal lives however it doesn’t take long for them to notice that they can never lead normal lives. At a dance a member of the team goes rogue and kills one of Miranda’s closest teammates. Suddenly Miranda and her remaining teammates discover that Earth is now involved in a war that puts everything they’ve ever known in danger. Miranda has to face everything she knows mentally to try and figure out how to stop their rogue teammate and save the world. This leads Miranda to a plot involving the creators, alien threats intent on destroying Earth and an object that can save them all.
You have no idea how much I cried while reading False Sight. I cried within the first thirty pages, I cried throughout the novel, I cried at the very end. Where I wasn’t very emotional while reading False Memory, False Sight was an emotional rollercoaster. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen next a plot twist is thrown into the mix that changes everything. Personally, I enjoyed all the plot twists considering that False Memory didn’t have quite as many and it kept me on the edge of my seat. However by the end of the novel while I wiped my tears and found myself shocked by the novel’s ending. You won’t see it coming.
False Sight does have more action, more clone/memory drama and more deaths than I expected. All of this does take a toll on main character Miranda but what surprised me was how her character really grew from the first novel. Miranda is forced to make a lot of hard decisions, she has to do a lot of things that change her character and at the end of it all Miranda has to do something huge in order to save everything she’s ever worked and cared for. I really loved getting to see Miranda in this novel and watch her achieve some insane feats.
False Sight also gets into the sci-fi aspect of the novels by a lot. I don’t want to give too much away ‘cause, you know, spoilers but I will say that once Miranda and the team get into saving the world from the eyeless and stopping their rogue teammate that things get crazy. Miranda becomes more heroic than ever, using her abilities and her skills to save her life. With that comes a lot more action scenes that are heart pounding, thrilling and described perfectly.
I would recommend the False Memory trilogy to readers who are looking for an exciting sci-fi read that is packed with action, romance and plot twists. Readers who want a badass heroine will fall in love with Miranda. Fans of fast paced novels who are looking for a new series should definitely check out the False Memory novels.
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Posted January 24, 2014
I was so happy when I got this book at NYCC because I finished False Memory not too long before, and I figured, what the hell? I might as well read False Sight while FM is fresh in my mind. Good idea right? Until it dawns on me that I have to wait extra long for book 3 now. Bummer.
Anyway, I really like this book too. I was blown away by the complexity of the plot this time around. We already know that they are clones and that there are more of them out there, which can be the most confusing thing in the planet, but the introduction of a new player, Nina, just added to the mix.
If you saw my review of the first one, then you know I had a really hard time reviewing it because I didn't want to give anything away, and book two put me in the same place. What I can say is the larger plot of this book seemed to come out of left field, and was so thrown for a little while because I had no idea what to expect from the rest of the book. Krokos does have a good explanation for it though.
Something I can talk about? Miranda and Peter and how I so love them together and I wish that there could have been more about them and their relationship. Of course that is wishful thinking because while the love story is nice, this is a book about clones and taking over the world.
I think one of the saddest things in this book was the way that Noah still seemed to pine for Miranda even though she was completely Peters. I wish that they had kept the even numbers between the sexes so that there wasn't this constant struggle for the same girl (because even though it was Sequel and Miranda, it was still the same girl.) All in all, I need that third book, now.
Posted October 22, 2013
Posted October 9, 2013
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group, and Netgalley.)
This is the second book in the ‘False Memory’ series, and picks up a couple of months after the end of book 1 ‘False Memory’.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘False Memory’.**
A few months have passed since the events at the end of book 1, and Miranda, Peter, Noah, Rhys, and Sequel are living together and attending high school. When they suspect that it is time to move on, in order to stay one step ahead of the ‘creators’, they have no idea that their decision to wait until after Homecoming will lead to the death of one member of their team.
After a thrill packed chase to locate the killer, Miranda and the gang (what’s left of them) begin to discover more information about the creators and themselves that they previously didn’t know, and begin to get an idea of what this whole experiment has been in aid of.
Why were the Roses created? Is there something hidden in Miranda’s head? Will they catch the killer? And do they have more important things to worry about?
I am so confused and annoyed over this book. Is this is the end? Is there more? I want answers.
The beginning of this book was soooooooo good! There was action, there were twists, it was fast paced and full of tension, and then we hit the 30% mark, and it all started to go downhill. What started out as a 5 star book for me, went rapidly downhill, and I was just left shaking my head and wondering whether to even continue reading.
I don’t want to say too much to drop spoilers here for people who are looking forward to this, but let’s just say that the sci-fi-zombie twist that went down in this book just killed what was a really promising start for me. I was all set to love this book, and so when things started to get bad, I took a break, then kept on reading, and then realised that I was taking longer and longer breaks, and reading less and less. Eventually I had to push myself to finish this, and I can’t say that I was impressed.
After pushing through, the ending was pretty awful too. I can honestly say that I felt sorry for Miranda, and I really didn’t blame her for not wanting to go through with the kamikaze plan that was suggested as a way to deal with the bizarre zombie-like creatures that turned up. I also wasn’t sure what to make of the final two lines in this book, but having now found out that there will be another book in this series, I can only conclude that it was a particularly nasty cliff-hanger!
Having been through all this, I’m still not really sure what my stance on this book is, other than to say that I really wish the last 70% had been as good as the first 30%, and that I want to read the sequel now to make sure that the author rectifies what he did in this book!
Overall; a disappointing second instalment, with a nasty cliff-hanger.
5 out of 10.
Posted August 22, 2013
Posted August 20, 2013
After finishing False Memory, I couldn't wait to dive right in to False Sight! Krokos had me completely hooked on this idea of genetically altered teens, who were created to be used as weapons to control the masses. However, it goes much deeper than that. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next for Miranda and her friends. After making some shocking discoveries about their Creators and themselves, they begin this book looking to have some semblance of a normal life. However, Dan Krokos doesn't hold back with his plot twists and certainly isn't afraid of a little shock value either. I don't think we were even a third of the way in and bam! Dan definitely throws us for a huge loop, that we never saw coming. As a reader, I enjoy being kept on my toes and I love authors that aren't afraid to take our heads for a spin.
Miranda is still as tough as ever- she really experiences some pretty horrifying things in this book, and as much as she wants to break down, she know she can't. There's no time for weakness in her world. Miranda absolutely broke my heart, because she really wants a normal life- she wants to be able to go to school and eventually settle down, have a family. Even though the crew starts out trying to lead a normal life by attending school, it's not long before they are immediately thrown into their next adventure and have to abandon that course of action. Having been created, the idea that they might not be completely in control of their own lives is a very real possibility. The team is on edge, and Miranda is worried that she may turn against her friends and betray them. She knows the best thing would be for her to leave, yet deep down she doesn't want to be alone. She also knows Peter would just come after her and try to find her.
I love Peter and Miranda together. Again, the romance is very subtle and is not a major theme in these novels. However, there's something about these two that just feels right when they are together or sharing a small moment. Peter is the leader and despite everything that happens Miranda knows he can take care of himself and forces herself to remember that even when things look bleak. Relationships can be difficult in these types of books because while you feel a longing for that other person, you have to be able to determine what is best for everyone involved and not just the person you care about. Everything is at stake in this book and Earth's survival is dependent on Miranda not failing. There was sort of a love triangle in the first book, but not really, as Miranda didn't remember her feelings for Noah. Things do change in this book after an incident rocks Miranda's world involving Noah. Miranda and Noah's relationship changes and the two form a rather unique bond. At first I was nervous because like I said- I love Peter and Miranda together. But Noah becomes someone that Miranda needs in her life to help balance the absolute chaos she is feeling on the outside.
I didn't quite enjoy this book as much as the first one for some reason (I think the complexity of some parts made the book drag a bit), but it was still a great read. Again, Dan didn't hold back with his plot twists or the direction in which he took the novel. We are introduced to new characters, we discover more about the Creators and their plan, and we also find a new enemy in the Eyeless (which- holy crap- SCARY!) There's not much more I can say about this book, because I definitely don't want to spoil anything, but the build up in the last half of the book is INSANE. And that ending?! Well, let's just say it will crush you and then give you hope for what's to come in the third book. I can't wait!
*Received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Posted August 14, 2013
Mind blowing, Creeptastic Sequel!
Three things I know about Dan Krokos:
1) He doesn't scare easily. I met him and literally, the first words out of my mouth were, "I have frosting on my hands." Awkward much? Not really, considering I followed that winning opener with, "Don't worry, I didn't lick my fingers." I think most people would have found a way to avoid the crazy cupcake lady, the one who'd obviously been let out on a day pass without a chaperone, but not Dan. Nope, he waited patiently for me to finish wiping my hand on a zebra print napkin and then he shook it.
2) He wrote a fanfreakingtastic debut called, False Memory, which I equated to a sci-fi adrenaline rush that had me perched on the edge of my seat! I loved it so much, I wrote a poem.
3) He knows how to write a sequel LIKE.A.BOSS! False Sight is an emotional roller coaster that offers a heaping dose of action and suspense with a side of crazy. It's as if Dan Krokos says, "Hey, can I borrow your mind for a little while? I promise, I'll give it back." And he will, give it back that is, but not before he kicks you in the feels, steals your ability to think straight and shoves you into a glass case of emotion by the end of the book. It's pretty awesome, but don't take my word for it, read it for yourself.
What I loved: I still want to be Miranda when I grow up. She is a force to be reckoned with and she, along with Noah, Peter and Rhys are all strong characters who struggle with their own wants and desires but whose selflessness usually wins out, the results of which can be gut-wrenching. (And by "can be", I really mean, stabs you in the heart.) The world building is mind bending and the "challenges" that Miranda and her teammates face had me cowering behind my hands, peaking through my fingers scary movie style. Twists and turns keep the story moving from the first sentence, leading up to a, HOLY ROSES ending that left me rocking back and forth in a corner. This book turned me into a crybaby and I LOVED it!
What left me wanting: Who do I have to clone in order to get book 3 or one of those armored suits?!
Final verdict: Mind blowing, creeptastic sequel! Read it.
Favorite quote: "What is your problem?" She spat. "You touched me."
Posted August 13, 2013
A treat for young science fiction lovers
All Miranda longs for is normal, which is something she will never have. In False Memory, the first book in the series, Miranda is a 17-year-old girl who awakens on a park bench with no idea how she got there, and goes on to discover that she is part of an, "elite-force of genetically altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city, " (Quote from book #1 synopsis). She has discovered what she is, but more than anything she would just love to forget that and just spend time with her friends and her boyfriend. However, because of who she is, or what she is...and what she knows, it is clear that is going to happen.
False Sight is a a treat for young science fiction lovers, and is filled with action-packed adventure, genetically engineered war machines, teenagers who have been engineered to be perfect warriors, time travel to other dimensions, and it is all centered around Miranda and her gang who are on a mission to discover the truth about themselves and their mission. They wind up finding out something that causes them to reevaluate everything they thought they knew, as they resolve to do what they know is right, despite the risk and the sacrifices they will have to make along the way. In this sequel, the author takes the story into a direction that incorporates more of the science fiction/fantasy elements, while making some unexpected twists and turns in the plot that keep you on your toes. This is a very high-action, suspenseful, and sometimes mind boggling adventure that would really appeal to middle grade and high school students. It will be interesting to see where Krokos takes this story in the next installment.
Posted August 29, 2013
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Posted January 4, 2014
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