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Memory
     

Memory

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by Linda Nagata
 

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A quest, a puzzle, and multiple lives:

On an artificial world with a forgotten past, floods of "silver" rise in the night like fog, rewriting the landscape and consuming those caught in its cold mists. Seventeen-year-old Jubilee knows that no one ever returns from the silver--but then a forbidding stranger appears, asking after her beloved brother, lost long

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A quest, a puzzle, and multiple lives:

On an artificial world with a forgotten past, floods of "silver" rise in the night like fog, rewriting the landscape and consuming those caught in its cold mists. Seventeen-year-old Jubilee knows that no one ever returns from the silver--but then a forbidding stranger appears, asking after her beloved brother, lost long ago to a silver flood. Could he still be alive? And why does the silver rise ever higher, threatening to drown the world? Jubilee pursues the truth on a quest to unlock the memory of a past reaching back farther than she ever imagined.

Editorial Reviews

Sally Estes
"...Nagata's book conjures up a richly realized world in which a truly eerie landscape serves as the vibrant background of a tale of self-discovery and courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds."
Booklist - Sally Estes
"...Nagata's book conjures up a richly realized world in which a truly eerie landscape serves as the vibrant background of a tale of self-discovery and courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds."
Locus - Staff Reviewer
"The feel of visionary fantasy mixes with hard SF in this powerful novel of a young woman's quest for a missing brother in a far future world beset by out-of-control technology."
Staff Reviewer
"The feel of visionary fantasy mixes with hard SF in this powerful novel of a young woman's quest for a missing brother in a far future world beset by out-of-control technology."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012276162
Publisher:
Mythic Island Press LLC
Publication date:
03/16/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
42,258
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Linda Nagata grew up in a rented beach house on the north shore of Oahu. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in zoology and worked for a time at Haleakala National Park on the island of Maui. She has been a writer, a mom, a programmer of database-driven websites, and lately a publisher and book designer. She is the author of multiple novels and short stories, including The Bohr Maker, winner of the Locus Award for best first novel, and the novella "Goddesses," the first online publication to receive a Nebula award. She lives with her husband in their long-time home on the island of Maui.

Find her online at:
MythicIsland.com
twitter.com/LindaNagata
facebook.com/Linda.Nagata.author

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Memory 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Praxisps More than 1 year ago
I am new to Linda Nagata and have devoured almost all of her books...this one satisfies on the same level as her others, extremely provocative characters, complex and acting in their worlds. Wonderful conceptual and philosophical offerings that continue to tickle thoughts well beyond the story, and, in truly good Sci-Fi tradition, as they apply to our context and world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Memory walks a very fine line between telling me enough to be compelling and not so much I feel like I've been hit with a clue-by-four. I loved the world and its many intricate layers. Even the saddest notes were so beautifully done, I loved every moment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I JUST finished the book. No less than 2 minutes ago. The book begins slow. At least in my opinion. But it is necessary since Nagata is trying to give you a basic setting in the beginning of her home and the world. Also one thing that just gets me irritated is that Nagata LOVES to describe things to a high level yet, when someone dies the feelings or presence that a loss of a loved one, her lover, happens she is okay. Seems like she just flicks the death of him is nothing. And the ending is also empty. Incomplete. Leaves loose ends. Leaving me wanting a more complete ending. Like what will happen now in the next life. Is the world still doomed to be stuck in that horrid cycle of death? But who knows? But in the end it is a great book. That I recommend. [Yaphet ROCKS!!]
harstan More than 1 year ago
Ten year old Jubilee lives with her parents and her brother Jolly in the remote outpost Temple Huacho located in the isolated wild of Kavasphir Hills, a place known for the frequency of the killing silver floods that terraforms the landscape with each new deluge. The family ¿owns¿ metabolic machines to keep them safe from the deadly quick flow of the silver. However, that fails when the silver claims Jolly while his younger sister watches in abject horror.

Several years later, a mysterious stranger seemingly walks out of the silver up to a teenage Jubilee asking for Jolly. Beside the awe of seeing what this man did, her fear of him makes her flee, but also wonder if her sibling lives. Needing to know, Jubilee plans to go on a quest to find her brother and learn the secrets of the silver accompanied by her Uncle Liam.

MEMORY is a powerful insightful coming of age science fiction thriller starring a wonderful protagonist seeking answers, but what she learns makes her wonder about a whole different set of personal questions rather than what she originally sought to understand. The story line is action packed yet contains a subtle theme of finding one¿s self to comprehend the world in which an individual resides. Though the silver remains ironically a somewhat unsolved puzzle, the reader will have a great time observing the brave heroine on her journey to ascertain the truth that takes her as much inside her self as the weird world she lives in.

Harriet Klausner