False Memory by Dan Krokos
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
'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.'
False Memory is the debut novel from Dan Krokos. This was sent from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I must be honest; this book takes me completely out of my comfort zone as I don’t read many dystopian/paranormal novels or sci – fi books as I find it hard to get my head round them. Saying that, from reading the blurb this sounded like a good one to start with, it sounded like it was going to be fast paced and full of action.
Miranda North wakes up on a park bench and has no recollection of how she got there, who she is or where she is going. She spots a shopping mall and (for some unknown reason) goes shopping. This is the first issue I have with this book, I just don’t understand how this works or even what relevance the author thinks this has on the story. She spots a security guard and approaches him for help; she becomes frustrated with him when he doesn’t believe her story. All of a sudden all around her people start to die almost with the anger of her frustration. Miranda becomes scared and still in no closer to finding out what is going on and why she can’t remember things.
Miranda meets a boy, Peter who ensures her he knows her and is going to help her find out who she is, he takes her to a secret place where he introduces her to the creator of them. They are not alone; other teens have been programmed and created in the same way as they have.
This is action packed, even getting to the secret location causes thrills with chases, this is a typical book I could see being made into a film as it has all the aspects that would go into to make a great film.
Miranda as a character I felt hard to connect with, this could have been down to the issue I have with the plot and genre of sci fi. I spent a lot of time trying to analyse things, which clearly I was meant to, however due to Miranda not knowing herself what has happened or who she is, it was hard for a reader to find a connection with her.
This is a fast, action packed book which is a little different. I am glad I had the opportunity to read it as it is intelligent and well written, I am afraid though although I enjoyed the idea of the storyline and did enjoy part of the story; this has not converted me to be a YA sci fi reader. If you do like YA sci fi though this is the book for you, I also liked the fact that the book is ready and waiting for book 2 in this series. I think this is going to be a good YA series in this genre.
The only reason I have given this 3 stars is down to my own personal struggle with this genre and this was my first experience of it. I found it hard to get my head round as I am not used to this style and genre of books. I think this is a good debut novel from Dan Krokos and a book that has been clearly researched well.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending me this copy to review.