Author: Dan Krokos
Series: False Memory #2
Genre: Teen Fantasy
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
The Overview: All Miranda wants is a normal life. She’s determined to move past the horrible truth of her origin as a clone so she can enjoy time with her boyfriend, Peter, and the rest of her friends at school. But Miranda quickly learns that there’s no such thing as normal – not for a girl who was raised to be a weapon. When one of her teammates turns rogue, it begins a war that puts the world in jeopardy. Now Miranda must follow her instincts – not her heart – in order to save everything she’s fought so hard to keep. with the image of a terrible future seared into her mind, what will she have to sacrifice to protect the people she loves?
Even though I finished this book almost a month ago, I’ve had a difficult time figuring out how to review it. There were a lot of cool aspects within this story, and a handful more that left a little to be desired… at least for me. The trouble is, the things I considered borderline deal breakers probably wouldn’t bother most people, so I’ve been struggling to separate my personal preferences from the actual quality of the story. Let’s start with the positives:
This is one of those fast-paced series that barely slows enough to let you catch your breath before pulling you into another wild ride. It was incredibly action-packed, but what I loved was that it also had plenty of inner conflict and character development. I felt like I could really get behind and root for these characters and they, above all else, will be what convinces me to read the final book.
The issue I had with False Memory was essentially the same one that kept me from reading the conclusion to the Maze Runner series: I just got tired of not knowing what was going on. Ever heard the phrase “jumping the shark?” Well, I feel the concept totally applied here, as Krokos continually jumped beyond the rules and parameters of this world as I was made to understand them. Every time I sort of wrapped my brain around what was going on, he smashed my theories and threw them out the window. Pretty soon, I just gave up trying, and that’s when I lost interest. I just needed something concrete to latch onto so I could feel more involved, rather than just grasping at vanishing threads.
Overall, this wasn’t one of my favorites but I do think that was solely a preferential thing rather than any fault with the author. For what he was going for, he executed it quite well even though I couldn’t fully appreciate it. I am still a fan, however, and look forward to reading the next book in his The Planet Thieves series.
Recommended Reading: I will hand this book to anybody who says they enjoyed The Maze Runner – these have similar concepts and story arcs, and I’m pretty sure Dashner fans will love them.
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