Saturday, June 22, 2013

Book Review: False Memory by Dan Krokos

False Memory
Author:  Dan Krokos
Publisher: Hyperion, 336 pages
Publication Date:  August 14, 2012

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.


This was a fast-paced, action-filled book that I really enjoyed.  Pretty much read it in one sitting.  The story starts off dumping you right into the middle of the action, and, since it's written in first person,  you discover what is happening along with Miranda, the narrator.  She wakes up having no memory except her name and how old she is.  

There are twists and turns throughout the novel and just when you think you know what's going on, something completely new and unexpected happens.  The one thing that was missing was character development.  Since there is non-stop action happening in the book, it makes sense, but I kept hoping things would slow down just a little so that I could get to know the characters better.  And Miranda accepts things pretty easily when it seems like she should have been freaking out a bit.   But I guess that just shows how strong of a character she was.  Definitely not a whiny girl.  I really liked Peter's character.  What a great guy, especially what he says near the end of the book.  I'm still not sure I understand why Noah did what he did.  At the end, there's yet another twist that I'm not sure I completely understand, but it sets up the next book,, which I will definitely read.  The main part of the story is resolved, so it doesn't end with such a cliffhanger that you feel like the author just stopped in the middle, like so many books these days, but there is obviously much more to come.

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