Wednesday, August 15, 2012

False Memory, by Dan Krokos- Review

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.

I do so enjoy a book where I have zero expectations.  I picked up False Memory at the BEA, and although I had a brief discussion with the people at Hyperion about it when I picked it up, I didn't remember what it was about or even what they compared it to.  So when I dug in, I decided to keep the mystery going and didn't even refresh myself with the blurb on the back.

Starkly narrated by Miranda, whose memory is so hit or miss, she can't really contribute an opinion or even necessarily an emotion to much of what's going on around her, False Memory has a vibe I can best compare to the Hunger Games.  Like Katniss, Miranda is a survivor, and a slightly ruthless one at that but the overall story is less dystopic and more sci-fi, and lacking the intense moments of emotion that the Hunger Games has.  However, it's intensive action sequences, complex mystery and power struggles give it it's own innate appeal.

I really like the tone of Krokos's story.  Miranda's narration, her lack of memories and some of the more shocking reveals all blended really well together, but they also put a fresh spin on some of the more stereotypical YA elements- like the love triangle.  For once its one of the male characters who is all angsty and love torn, which I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed.

The dynamics of Miranda's team, and the discoveries they make about their relationships was one of the most fascinating elements of the story to me.  I can't wait to see where Krokos takes it next, well that, and of course the cliff hanger.

Sure to be a big hit with both Dystopian and Sci-fi fans, False Memory is a strong first part to a proposed trilogy with parts two and three slated for 2013 and 2014 respectively.  This is Dan Krokos debut novel.

False Memory, by Dan Krokos
Published by Hyperion, August 14th, 2012
My copy acquired from the publisher at the BEA