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Coming Soon: False Future by Dan Krokos

False futureTitle: False Future

Author: Dan Krokos

Series: False Memory #3

Genre: Teen Fantasy

Release Date: August 19, 2014

The Overview: True Earth has returned during a massive snowstorm in Manhattan-and this time they have an army. Rhys, Noble, Sophia, and Peter know they don’t stand a chance against the enemy without Miranda. And once they revive her, she’s horrified to find her world in flames. The enemy occupation is brutal, but the director promises to release her hold on the city if Mr. East is turned in, and Miranda and her team are determined to find him. With her grief over the losses she has suffered fueling her spirit, Miranda knows that this time the sacrifices have to be worth it.

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I know I said in my review of False Sight that I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue on with the series, but in the last few weeks I’ve found myself dwelling on the last book’s ending and wondering where Krokos is going to take it next. Because it stuck with me, I decided that not only am I going to read the conclusion, but I’m also kind of looking forward to it. It’s amazing what a few weeks distance and perspective can do for you. The trouble is, I have a long wait ahead of me now.

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Book Review: False Sight by Dan Krokos

4.0.1Title: False Sight

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?

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 The Review:

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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Book Review: False Memory by Dan Krokos

False MemoryTitle: False Memory

Author: Dan Krokos

Series: False Memory #1

Genre: Teen Fantasy

Rating: 3/5 stars

The OverviewMiranda 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.

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The Review:

I was on the fence with this one at first because, although intriguing, the story was a bit confusing. Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love books with a lot of complexity and plot twists. The difference here was that the explanations were almost always outside the parameters of the understood rules of the world – at least as far as the reader was concerned (anybody familiar with the phrase “jumping the shark?”). What that did for me was take away the fun of trying to figure out what will happen next. All of my theories were squandered every time the rules changed, which happened often. Eventually, I stopped trying to engage in the book and just let it take me where it would.

For the most part, I enjoyed the journey, but I can’t help but wonder how much cooler it would’ve been had I known all the rules up front. There were a few instances where I’m sure the author was trying to provide more information about the situation, but it was a bit ambiguous and unclear – and I don’t think it was supposed to be. I kept feeling like I should know more about the situation than I did (which is definitely part of my overall confusion) so either I was overly dense or the author conveyed it poorly.

This was a really fast-paced book – so much so that if I got distracted even for a second I had to go back and reread because it really was just one thing after another. Ironically, the faster pacing is supposed to be more accessible for those with short attention spans, but I found it had the opposite effect. Anyway, It might have moved a little too fast because it didn’t give me a chance to get emotionally involved with the characters. There’s not a lot of time for inner reflection and development when external conflicts are coming at you left and right. It does, however, get a lot more involved as it goes along.

Now, I’m hoping the second book will provide some answers. I have little patience for books that continually string you along without any payoffs. It’s part of the reason why I quit reading Mazed Runner after book #2 – I just got tired of not knowing what was going on. This book is written in the same vein, so if you’re a fan of one you will most definitely like the other. The benefit of having a super fast-paced book like this one is that there’s never a dull moment – plenty of action and entertainment. My overall impressions were positive, and I can see myself recommending it in the future.

Recommended Reading: for dystopian fans who like a lot of action – this book will really grab you by the hand and run. Also especially for those who loved Dashner’s Maze Runner.

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Book Review: Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos

bjhgTitle: The Planet Thieves

Author: Dan Krokos

Series: The Planet Thieves

Genre: Young Reader

Rating: 4/5 stars

The Overview: Two weeks ago, thirteen-year-old Mason Stark and seventeen of his fellow cadets from the Academy for Earth Space Command boarded the SS Egypt. The trip was supposed to be a short routine voyage to log their required spacetime for summer quarter.

But routine goes out the airlock when they’re attacked by the Tremist, an alien race who have been at war with humanity for the last sixty years.

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The Review:

What a cool book!

This was a a fast-paced story that just kept adding to the excitement with each page. My favorite was the very beginning: Krokos dropped in the inciting incident right away, told us what was important to the protagonist, and gave the audience a lovable character worth rooting for. All in all, it was probably the best intro to a book I’ve read all year.

Characterization was definitely one of this author’s strengths. I mentioned above how much I liked the main protagonist, but the side characters were just as good, adding a great deal of humor and entertainment to the story. Although I enjoyed the overall story and conflicts, the characters are what’s fueling my desire to read the second book – I just have to know what happens to them next!

This would be an excellent introductory book for kids wanting to try science fiction. It had all the elements of space travel, alien races, new worlds, and most importantly, laser weapon battles! Heck, forget science fiction – this is a great book to get kids interested in science. Krokos interspersed a good bit of facts on the laws of the universe and did so in a way that was fun and made you want to learn more.

Overall, for the younger audience, it was perfect – it emphasized good morals like loyalty and friendship and also had some really cool moments of wonder. It is not quite on the level of Ender’s Game as far as its ability to be appealing to both adults and children, (mostly because it lacked a little robustness and complexity) but it’s the closest thing I’ve come across since.

Recommendations: Even though it wasn’t quite the groundbreaking tale I hoped it would be, it was definitely a worthwhile book and one I will be recommending a lot in the future. My only caution for parents is that it did contain a bit of light profanity.

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