Friday, July 13, 2012

Book Review: False Memory by Dan Krokos

SUMMARY: 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.


Intricate and brilliant, False Memory is the kind of book that hooks from the start, doesn’t let go, and messes with your head on the way. Pulling some powerful punches and filled with plenty of jaw dropping twists, this one is impossible to put down. Despite being an intense adventure with a potent climax, Krokos tapers things off smoothly and ties up the events of this book in an easy way, without leaving readers stuck on the edge with a cliffhanger.

Miranda is a fabulously done character, getting snippets of her now lost memories in a way that not only builds her character but raises plenty of questions. Certainly a product of the training she’s gone through, but with a great strength that is all her own, she is perfectly developed throughout the book. Her character arc is smoothly done, pulling in plenty of things that are clearly her, while still mixing in with the results of everything else going on and the answers to the big questions that are pitched.

Along with Miranda’s great development is that of Peter, Noah and Olive, and Krokos weaves their stories together perfectly. Also notable is the hints of a love triangle that is brought in, while still being very clearly not an actual love triangle. Challenging the feelings of the characters, but letting things play out in a very natural way, Krokos definitely pulls in a realistic element to his world.

The plot of this one is mindblowing, and one with a stunning amount of twists and turns that will keep readers guessing the entire way. Twisted in plenty of ways, and vividly portrayed, the bigger points of this book will stick with readers long after the pages are finished. Strongly written, with vibrant descriptions and voice, this one is a hit across the board.

Source: TLA 
Reading level: Ages 12 and up 
Hardcover: 336 pages 
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Publication Date: August 14, 2012


  1. I've been looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the review!

  2. Wow, sounds good, and it has a great looking cover (yes, I judge). I like novels that spread snippets of info throughout the narrative, so I may have to grab this one. Thanks!