False Memory by Dan Krokos
August 14, 2012
Disney * Hyperion
Young Adult | Science Fiction Thriller
False Memory #1
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.
Get ready for the ride of your life, because False Memory by Dan Krokos brings it. And it brings it hard. (hee.)
Whenever I get an ARC, I usually read the first few pages or so. Doesn’t everybody? It’s an easy way to determine if I’ll like it or not. If not, I’ll put it in the maybe pile and when I have a break in the review schedule, I usually dive for those. It’s just a way for me to be a tiny bit more organized.
Guys, I almost put False Memory into the maybe pile. I ALMOST PUT IT INTO THE MAYBE PILE. I don’t know why, but I did not expect the first sentence to be: “In the food court I find a mall cop leaning against a pillar.” P. 1, ARC
And well, why did I not expect that, darling readers? Because of this line in the summary: Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. So I was in fact expecting her to wake up on a park bench. And release fear in the park, not the mall. It threw me. It so did. Yet I picked it up once the very lovely Hafsah of IceyBooks told me to read it. When she told me I should, I squirmed in my seat and thought, really? But it seems like it won’t be that good of a read…
Yes, I did in fact hype up this book that bad so when I read the first few pages, I was disappointed. But Hafsah told me to read it and I did. And now I’m in her gratitude forever because I love love love this book. The only thing I really didn’t like was the timeline (it takes place in like a week) but from the past, I’ve learned I have problems with books that start with a bang and end a few days later. That’s just a personal pet peeve of mine. :P
Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I had read the first three chapters and went away for the day, up to the mountains, and I couldn’t. stop. thinking. about it. I was kicking myself for not bringing it with me because damnit, I wanted to know what happened. I wanted to know more about Miranda North, and the rest of the Roses—and why they did what they did to Miranda. It was all just so INTERESTING and I needed more, so I sped through False Memory once I had it in my greedy little hands again.
Guys, this book. I don’t know if I can express how much I LOVE this book. I really don’t. Sure, it has its bumps (like everybody being in love with everybody in the Rose group), but the good overlooked the bad. I loved the science parts; I ate them up. I just want to hug this book because of how I much I love it. It was exactly what I had been wanting to read when I read it—and I didn’t even realize it.
False Memory is action-packed and the suspense gets to be so much that you nearly choke on it, but you can’t help but read faster. This book should come with Band-Aids before people paper-cut themselves to death turning the pages so quickly. Forget whatever you’re supposed to do, because once you start reading it, you won’t want to put it down. With characters that leap from the pages and a plot so tightly woven that you never lose interest, you’ll fall in love with Miranda North and her story. I know I did.
AND I’m dying to know what happens next, Krokos! I’d like book two right now, please. And while you’re at it, book three pleeeeease. ;)