False Memory by Dan Krokos
Release Date: August 14th, 2012
Hyperion, 335 Pages
Sub-genre: Science Fiction
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
My Blurb: The Adoration of Jenna Fox meets Ender’s Game
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.
Looking for a book that is action packed and keeps you on the edge of your seat? Well, here it is. Dan Krokos’ debut young adult novel delivers the adventure it promises.
One thing I always find interesting is when male authors write first person POVs with female characters – I mean, how do they get into that mindset? Just like Karsten Knight’s Ashline Wilde, Krokos’s 16 year old Miranda North has a believable voice and I thoroughly enjoyed her. She’s fiesty and stubborn but likable at the same time. And from page one, we’re just as much in the dark as Miranda is about what has happened to her and I think that joint-uncertainty bonds the reader to the character – it puts them on a level playing field, which is really cool.
Another thing I liked about False Memory was the concept behind the actual novel. I can’t talk too much about it without getting into spoilers but it is very much unlike anything out right now and it was fresh and fun. The world building for the science fiction part was great – Krokos goes in depth with some out-of-the-box thinking and makes it feel unique; however, I would have liked a little more setting description, especially since I’m not too familiar with Cleveland and sometimes the environment felt like a blank canvas to me. Of course, it could have been intentional so the reader focused more on what was going on, but I enjoy reading about the setting.
Dan wasn’t afraid to take chances in this book, and it paid off. I enjoyed all the twists and turns and loved that this book made me actually think about what was happening (there were several passages that I had to re-read to grasp what was going on, but not in a “this was poorly explained way”, more of a “wow, this is intricate and makes sense but I don’t get it yet.”).
I’m interested to see where this series goes and will definitely be picking up the next one!