by Dan Krokos
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published: August 14th 2012
*Finished Hardcover copy provided by publisher for an honest review.
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Synopsis via Goodreads:
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.
An action packed science fiction adventure unfolding before your eyes. False Memory has the perfect concept for a great movie all bundled up in a wonderful book.
How do I describe my feelings about this novel? Three words pretty much sums it up: I loved it! The story-line was interesting, the characters were cool, the overall themes were brilliant. It's hard to find anything wrong with the book, not that I go around looking for the bad in any book I read. So, I'd like to calm myself down and go through exactly what I thought of it.
I literally felt like I was sitting in a movie theater watching something exciting; my adrenaline was pumped up from beginning to end. The moment Miranda found herself in a mall suffering from amnesia I was like okay, what's going on exactly. I needed to keep reading so I could find out what really happened to her, why she's like that, and how did her ability come to be. She was a likable character from the get go. Miranda, like her three counterparts, are badasses. And like any normal strong willed action stars, they got their butts kicked sometimes. It would be too easy going, in my opinion, if they were never beaten up or caught at some point.
Moving along, I liked how the story wasn't cheesy and too much into the romance between the Peter, Noah and Miranda. That part was more unraveled towards the middle and further towards the end. That was a good move because then it'd probably be sort of like a diversion from where the focus should really be, which was on their purpose, powers, and not letting themselves fall into the hands of evil people.
Overall, the writing style and world building was great. Dan did an awesome job in establishing depth, not just in his characters, but also in developing a substantial plot. Everything was just raw. The fight scenes were so descriptive; from the smushy feeling of blood and getting injured, to the movement of weapons coming at you. It was just a fantastic first book in what seems like its going to be an absolutely magnificent series. I'm now itching badly to read the next.
After pumping gas for nine years to put himself through college, Dan Krokos, now twenty-six, dropped out to write full-time. He enjoys watching TV, playing MMORPGs, and drinking coffee. Currently, he’s hard at work on the next book in Miranda’s journey.