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Saturday, September 1, 2012
False Memory (False Memory, #1)
Dan Krokos
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Source: Publisher
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.
When I started reading False Memory, I'm not sure what I expected. Maybe something formulaic, even boring. Like every other sci-fi novel out there. But if that's what I expected, that isn't nearly what I got. And that is most definitely a good thing. For one thing, it is legit and genuine scientific science fiction. To be honest, I never though that kind of thing would appeal to me. But it does. It absolutely blew me away.

It's a super rare thing to see male authors write female characters, and Dan did this exceptionally well. She has no memory of anything when she awakes, but she does discover within herself an unusual type of power. She is an incredibly relatable and most definitely human character, and despite the fact that I don't suffer (serious) memory loss it was easy to relate to Miranda. She doesn't really understand what's going on, and she definitely isn't happy about it. Yet she never really crosses the line to majorly annoying. She has her moments, but so does everybody.

Peter is very mysterious. When he's first introduced to the story, we really have no idea who he is. Who's side is he on? We don't know, and I love the mystery and suspense that invites for a little while. It's like the first time I watched the Audrey Hepburn movie Charade, the one where everyone is a double agent and there's really no one to trust. This entire book wasn't like that, but Peter definitely was, and I loved that mystery. It made me want to know more about him.
Noah is Miranda's old boyfriend, the one she can't remember loving, and she goes through a lot of conflict over this. I love the fact that even Miranda is obviously different, he still supports her and is there for her. Instead of taking off, he stays with her. Plus he just sounds like gorgeous, so yeah. Oh! And this boy has a mouth on him. He's pretty impulsive and doesn't usually think before he speaks, but that's just as well because he provides some awesome comic relief moments.

Olive seems shy, but she's not. She's loyal to Miranda. There for her. And she's a totally seasoned warrior, maybe even more so than the others. She's very calm and collected. Cool-headed when the others aren't. The voice of reason, and clearly intelligent.

I can think of so many giant, absurdly huge adjectives that I had to memorize as part of SAT vocab last summer. However, I feel that since I told you I could use these words I feel it is unnecessary to actually use them. Plus I really can't spell most of them, so that is a problem.

I'm not even making it sound better than it actually is when I say that it's one of the most unique plot ideas I've seen in…well, ever. Because sure, there are books and movies about memory loss all the time, some even dystopian like this one. Think Total Recall. (Not to get on a tangent, but awesome movie. I'm totally going to read the book at some point in my life. Preferably soon.)

I mean, I loved this book. There was a ton of suspense. We're introduced into this incredible dystopian world; probably one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. The world-building is exquisite. Perfection. I fell completely in love with it instantly and never found my way back out. And I didn't want to.

And it just had some amazing action. The action sequences were really detailed, not just a ton of thrown-together adjectives. You can almost feel everything that's happening, as if you're actually taking part.

And there are, like the synopsis says, some pretty dark secrets just waiting to be uncovered. Some things, it is clear, have yet to be uncovered. So basically, some crazy awesome fun. And then some.

I'm not normally a fan of love triangles, just because they frustrate me to no end. They're great sometimes, but the other times…well, you know. But this love triangle happens to be executed fantastically. I actually found myself floundering between the two love interests. It took me a long time to decide who I liked better, because Miranda herself has very complicated feelings for both of them, and she isn't always sure what she wants. But instead of it seeming dragged out or unnecessary, it feels genuine. And that's important.

Dan's writing, like the fact that he writes a female character, is unique. And that works out in his case. Miranda's voice is charming but also truthful. She says what she sees, doesn't gloss it over with unnecessary adjectives or fluff. She sees things as they are and that's what we hear through her. And her feelings, about herself, the people around her, and her environment, are fully developed but still leave room for change. And they do change, as they should.

So if I didn't know better, I would say Dan is trying to kill me. Because there is some seriously cliffhanger action going on when this book ends. The ending left me on the edge of my seat, dying for the next book. I think I would consider illegal activities in order to get my hands on the next book. That's how much I want it after reading this masterpiece of an ending. Well thought out and beautifully executed.

I know there's been some serious controversy regrading this author and therefore his books, but I honestly suggest rethinking that. There was a point where I wasn't going to read this book either, but because of some things that were said and done I did change my mind, and I'm glad I did. I definitely love singing this book's praises, and I highly recommend it. Unique and fun and one of my all-time favorites, easily.


*****FINAL RATING: 4.65 RED ROSES*****
(Just to make a random observation, I seem to give out a lot of 4.65 ratings.)


  1. I've been dying to pick this book up and your review solidified this decision for me. I NEED it!! I agree about being frustrated in love triangles and I'm glad this was written well. I also love books when the main protagonist loses her memory.

    great review!!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. Yeah I was honestly planning to pass on this after all the drama. But I may just read it after all since the author has since shown a great response and owned up to everything. I love books about memory loss so this was always something that interested me and I have read really great reviews so far. Although I really really hate love triangles and cliffhangers.

  3. I finished this book today. It is really an amazing book! I won a personalised signed copy, so i definitely was going to read it, even though i had no idea what it was about :) I LOVED Miranda! Because she truly is a good person, and she is very well rounded. Great, Great read.

  4. Great review. I haven't heard much about this book before. I think I'll add it to my to-read this.

  5. Great review. i want to read , read it

  6. I am finding that I really enjoy sci fi, more then I ever thought I would considering that I have never gravitated towards any of it. Another scifi read I loved was Insginia By: S.J. Kincaid, if you haven't read it you should really check it out, it was an awesome read!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

  7. I haven't read this book but I've seen it around. Honestly like you I though it would be boring like other sci-fi book. But I'm happy to hear that it isn't!
    Great review! :)

  8. Love this book too! Dan Krokos does a great job both in characterization and plot and I love how he can pull of a girl's voice:)

  9. Ooh I'm glad you liked this one so much!! :) I think it's awesome how Dan got to be able to write a girl's POV so convincingly and how his writing was really fluid and rich :) I hate when some books just gloss over some fighting scenes so I'm glad that that didn't happen here :) Great review and I'm glad you enjoyed this Annabelle!

  10. I'm not aware of the drama surrounding the author and that book, I guess I missed that (which is a good thing). I had read the synopsis before but, like you said, I assumed it was another sci-fi weird book. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much and I'm even gonna ignore the love triangle and add False Memory to my wishlist :D

  11. Great review! I'm glad that you liked it. I've been dying to read this book, so I finally bought a copy. Now that I read you're thoughts, I might just have to start it tonight!

  12. I have not actually heard very much about this book, but it sounds really good! I will have to look in to it, thanks for putting it on your favorites list so I could find out more about it!

  13. A cliffhanger? I'll think I'll wait for the sequel, and then read the books back to back. I am becoming increasingly intolerant of cliffhangers of late.

  14. I picked up this book on sale on Amazon a while back. I'm happy to see you enjoyed it. Very detailed and thorough review. From what you say, I think I will like it too.


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