The Memory Key

The Memory Key

by Liana Liu


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The Memory Key by Liana Liu

Lora Mint is determined not to forget. Though her mother's been dead for five years, Lora struggles to remember every detail about her—most important, the specific events that occurred the night she sped off in her car, never to return.

Lora's story of longing for her lost mother—and for the truth behind her broken memories—takes readers on a twisty ride. The authentic, emotional narrative sparks fascinating questions about memory and privacy in a world that increasingly relies on electronic recall.

In a world ravaged by Vergets disease, a viral form of Alzheimer's, holding on to even the most important memories isn't easy.

Usually Lora is aided by her memory key, a standard-issue chip embedded in her brain that preserves memories just the way a human brain would. Then a minor accident damages Lora's key, and her memories go haywire. Suddenly Lora remembers a moment from the night of her mother's disappearance that indicates her death was no accident.

Can she trust these formerly forgotten memories? Or is her ability to remember every painful part of her past driving her slowly mad—burying the truth forever?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062306654
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,199,702
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Liana Liu was born and raised in New York City and lives there still. She received her MFA in fiction writing from the University of Minnesota.

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The Memory Key 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
bookyabber More than 1 year ago
I had just ordered a book online and it wouldn’t arrive until Saturday. So I decided I could read something quick between those days. I searched my bookshelves for a fast read. I immediately thought of Contemporary, because those are usually fast reads. I was feeling more like a Sci-Fi read. I had an ARC of The Memory Key by Liana Liu. I said, ‘what the heck, why not’. 10-20 pages into this novel and I knew I was going to keep going forth with it. Turns out, The Memory Key was a hidden gem for me. The interesting story and the mystery is what pulled me in. I formed many theories in my head, which all seemed plausible and I had to find out more. It’s smart, clever, and engaging. I had successfully figured out parts, but not the big parts, so the reveal was still monumental for me. Perfect! Such a smart and complex plot. Lora’s mother has been deceased for five years. Coming into the story, I immediately felt for her. There were times in the book where my emotions completely took over and I wasn’t expecting that from a Sci-Fi. Actually most of this book had a very contemporary feel to it, until the memory keys were mentioned, then it felt very futuristic. Let’s talk about the memory keys for a moment. Such an interesting idea. They store your memories, preventing Vergets (a memory loss disease). It’s good because all your memories are in one place and you’re not reliant on your brain, which ultimately will fail. It’s obviously bad for several reasons as well. So my question for you is, would you opt for memory key insertion or wouldn’t you? In conclusion, I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. It was a fuller/passer of time. It turned out being a diamond in the ruff. I absolutely loved the complex and smart plot. I felt for the characters as if they were real and this was more of a long-lost journal than a fictional novel. I highly suggest you pick this one up. I don’t want to spoil anything about the plot, but trust me, it’s a GOOD ONE and worth the read!