Review: False Memory by Dan Krokos

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About

Title:
False Memory

Author:
Dan Krokos

Series:
False Memory #1

Publisher:
Hyperion

Publication Date:
August 14 , 2012

Formats:
Hardcover, 327 pages

Source:
Bought in-store

Description

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.

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Review

Miranda wakes up with no memory despite her age and name. In a mall, she realizes she has a power to create psychic fear using only her mind, and in doing so meets a fellow Rose named Peter who brings her back to her home. On the run from the Beta team and a dangerous rogue named Rhys, the four teens, Miranda, Noah, Olive and Peter have to escape from their creators before they can be used as a weapon to destroy people’s lives.

The Roses are aptly named because the scent they give off when invoking fear is the smell of roses. Random I know, but I hope there’s a better explanation for it. I also wanted to know more about the Creators, and why they are doing this in the first place. Some questions were answered, but I was also left with more questions than intended.

Miranda’s memories come and go and serve as an outlook to who she was and what happened in the past. I was all for Miranda, and her drama between her two love interests. I was pretty much rooting for her to pick either of the boys since they both seemed to care a lot about her. Yet I have no idea why no one was attracted to Olive who was also a kick-ass super soldier. The drama strayed in the background which I enjoyed because the goal of the cast of characters was to find answers to who they were and their purpose.

The book reads very fast, and it’s also full of action. The story line develops fairly quickly which I adored because I have no patience for slow moving plot lines. The ending had me questioning so many things and I can’t wait until False Sight comes out for more of Dan Krokos’ story.

[easyreview title=”Rating” cat1title=”Characters” cat1detail=”Liked the character diverse personalities!” cat1rating=”3″ cat2title=”Pacing” cat2detail=”FAST..It doesn’t stop.” cat2rating=”5″ cat3title=”Cover/Design” cat3detail=”Yes the cover is gorgeous and the little designs in the corners of the page are a nice detailed touch.” cat3rating=”5″ cat4title=”Plot” cat4detail=”Liked it a lot, but wanted more answers.” cat4rating=”3″ summary=”Overall, read this one if you like romance, action and mystery!”]

Quotes

Anything can be used for evil. A gun can be used to murder, but in the right hands it can also protect.”

Your memories don’t make you who you are.”—Noah

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16 Comments

  1. Jaime Lester

    January 18, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    I am so excited about reading this book. I am not a fan of the cover, but the synopsis grabs my attention. I like that the romance part of it stays in the background. This just sounds like a really good book to read! Thanks for the awesome review!

  2. Ashley

    January 18, 2013 at 4:07 AM

    Great review! I loved this one too. :D And for once, I totally understood the love triangle. In the context of losing your memories, it completely made sense.

  3. ODell @ Book Twirps

    January 18, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    I got an ARC of this at a conference last year, but didn’t have a chance to read it. It sounds totally up my alley.

  4. Grace Lo

    January 18, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Nice review! I’m glad you enjoyed False Memory, and while I did like reading it, I didn’t enjoy it as much as you did. I felt like everything went by a bit too fast with too few answers. And I totally agree with you on the point about Olive. SHE DESERVED MORE ATTENTION!!!

  5. Lisa Richards

    January 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Definitely on my wishlist. I love a fast paced thriller.

  6. fishgirl182

    January 18, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    i was actually kind of disappointed in this one. i think there were just too many twists and turns for me. they seemed arbitrary to me and didn’t help the plot. plus, because of the memory issues and the way the story was written, i had a hard time getting a bead on the characters. glad you liked it though. just not my thing.

  7. Janita

    January 18, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    I will definitely check this one out! The cover is really cool too! Thanks for the awesome review!

  8. Lily

    January 19, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    I really liked this one too! The love traingle fit the whole story nicely and i found myself not favouring one character over the other. Very real!

  9. Erika

    January 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    This looks good. I love fast paced books and also lost memory. Thanks for your thoughts!

  10. VeganYANerds

    January 19, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    I have heard great things about this book but forgot all about it since last year. I like that it was fast paced but I think I would have the same issues with wanting to know more

  11. Anne C

    January 21, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Sounds like an action-packed novel. Will watch out for this!

  12. Imel Cullen

    January 22, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    I loved the book cover and the story make me curious, thanks for great review^^

  13. Cricket

    January 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Great Review, I’ve been wanting to read this for awhile. Glad you liked it.

  14. Nicole

    January 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I hadn’t heard of this book until now! It sounds interesting and I like action-packed reads. I will definitely add this to me to-read list! I also really like how you break down the ratings for different elements of the story – very helpful! Nice review, thanks!

  15. A'lina

    January 27, 2013 at 4:29 AM

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this one. I think it sounds like a great read. I love books with lots of action and the powers they have sounds really interesting. Thanks for the review!

  16. RIN

    January 28, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    This looks REALLY great! I love science fiction books, especially when it involves genetic alteration (though, I’m often disappointed in how unrealistic the genetic alteration is), so I’m definitely going to have to read this!

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