False Memory by Dan Krokos {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 1 October, 2012 by Amanda / 24 Comments

I received this book for free from Kaye Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

False Memory by Dan Krokos {Amanda’s Review}False Memory by Dan Krokos
Series: False Memory #1
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Science & Technology, Love & Romance
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Kaye Publicity

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.

Wanted to like, but just couldn’t.


My Thoughts on False Memory

I received this book for review from Kaye Publicity. It was unsolicited, but I’d seen a couple positive reviews, so I figured I’d give it shot. The premise was intriguing and I wanted to like it, but it didn’t quite hit the right notes for me.

I can’t believe I’m actually going to say this, but… this book didn’t have enough angst in it for me. With Miranda’s total and complete emotional upheaval and everything that is done with her memory, I needed more to connect with her and feel her pain–feel that she was real. In some ways, she acts robotic almost, and I had a hard time caring about Miranda and the other characters. If your entire world is turned upside down, wouldn’t you experience something tremendous and crazy? She was too bad ass for me. I want a little softness and vulnerability in my strong female leads.

A love triangle makes an appearance in False Memory as well. Not only am I not a fan of love triangles (as many of you already know), but I also had trouble connecting with Miranda’s feelings for each of the two boys. I wanted more angst between Miranda and her old boyfriend; I wanted the relationship to be volatile and mirror what went on between them. Instead, Miranda dealt with everything pretty well. Likewise, I didn’t understand the relationship between Miranda and Peter and why that blossomed. It just…happened.

I initially liked the premise of this book, with genetically-altered teens and a plan to bring the world into chaos. It was good. But then it kept expanding and widening, and eventually the plot just became too much and I stopped trying to track each new twist and turn. Part of me wonders if I’m simply not the right target market for this book. It’s entirely possible. I’m a very character-driven reader (excepting, for the most part, mysteries), and this book didn’t hit the right notes for me in the character department



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24 Responses to “False Memory by Dan Krokos {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. What? Not enough Angst? WOWZER!

    I don’t think this book is for me at all. I could handle the no angst but a triangle would drive me bonkers.

  2. Hmmm. I still want to read this one. I really like the idea of genetically altered teens as weapons. I may give this one a look peek.

    Great review. :D

  3. “I can’t believe I’m actually going to say this, but… this book didn’t have enough angst in it for me.”

    Hahaha there have been a couple YA books where that exact thought has run through my head. And then I think to myself “what?” – usually too much angst is my complaint, not the other way around. Still, I completely understand what you mean, you want to feel a sense of urgency when you’re reading, something that gives you those emotional ups and downs that allow you to become invested in the story:)

  4. Wow! You said the a-word. :)

    I’m kinda disappointed you didn’t like this one. I really the plot idea and setting, but if the characterization isn’t good, that brings it all down to the bummer basement. I hope I at least enjoy it when I finally pick it up.

  5. The cover’s very cool and eye-catching. Some books, though, just don’t resonate with you the way you need them to. I am laughing that you wanted MOAR ANGST! Okay, maybe you didn’t say it quite that way.

  6. Even though I enjoyed the story, I think I agree with you! I just couldn’t connect with the MC and I couldn’t figure out why–yes. Robotic is the word for it. Still, I can get by without character love when the story’s interesting enough.

  7. Amaaaaaaaanda *whines*
    Nooooooo. You have to LIKE this, because *I* want to like it and and and… boooo :(

    It looks like I’ll give this a miss. I can’t reconcile a female lead behaving like a robot with a love triangle all in one book… *sigh*

    Sorry this didn’t work out for you, but seriously. Your review = AMAZING. LIKE ALWAYS. Can I, uh, borrow your brain?

    Wait… maybe not… I think I’d be overwhelmed by peen peen peen peen peen peen peen peen and the review writing wouldn’t go so well. I’ve a feeling you’ve had a long time to work with both and wouldn’t be distracted :P