Author: Dan Krokos

Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: False Sight by Dan Krokos

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I received this book for free from Hachette Book Group Canada in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: False Sight by Dan KrokosFalse Sight by Dan Krokos
Series: False Memory #2
Published by Hyperion on August 13th 2013
Genres: Sci-Fi, YA
Source: Hachette Book Group Canada
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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?

Dan Krokos's sequel to the tour de force False Memory is a mind-blowing thriller with high-octane action that will leave readers begging for the final book in this bold and powerful trilogy.

*Spoiler free for the series*

I’m feeling torn on this one. On one hand it was a highly entertaining read, very unique (as expected), and I definitely want to know what happens next, but it was such a different book from the first and I’m not sure how I feel about the direction it went in. Being different is not a bad thing – who wants a repeat of it predecessor? – but I feel like the increased sci-fi-esque of this whole plot became a little… too much for me, maybe?

I was a big fan of False Memory when I read it last year. I remember loving all the excitement and the unknowns – it has an awesome unreliable narrator -, as well as the great overall group dynamic throughout the story. Going into False Sight I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I definitely wasn’t expecting this level of complexity. Normally I would be all over plots that take things into uncharted waters, yet for some reason there were a few instances where I got disoriented in this case, and some events became almost too large to even grasp. Perhaps not anticipating such an elaborate scheme played a part in my inability to follow it with as much enthusiasm or diligence as I would have liked. Either way, I found myself a little overwhelmed once or twice.

You should also know, and I’m sure this is a shared feeling amongst other readers, but I often have problems with book sequels for the simple fact that by the time I read them, I’ve lost my connection with the characters and romance, and I’ve forgotten finer – yet often important – details (terrible memory is me). It is what it is. For this reason, I don’t blame the book necessarily for my not being completely satisfied this time around. I’ll be the last to tell you that this sequel forsakes originality or lacks entertainment value; it has the ability to impress in many ways by what the story has become.

My last comment is on the romance. False Memory is one of the few instances where I admit to actually enjoying a love triangle. The MC had lost her memory, and thus, her feelings for her “boyfriend” were lost as well, giving us an unusual scenario. In this sequel, however, it started to become more of an annoying triangle where the protagonist gets confused as to who she really wants to be with. BUT, it involves an even more peculiar situation that makes it interesting nonetheless.

Oh, I have another last comment: the introduction of flesh eating creatures rocked my socks (duh!).

Overall, this is still a series I will continue to recommend, especially to fans of science fiction. It has creativity, excitement, and likeable characters clearly on its side!

3 Hot Espressos

Find my review of False Memory, here!

Review: False Memory by Dan Krokos

Posted by on 11/09/2012 • 27 Comments

From the very first page this book grips you with the unknown. At first it’s who is Miranda? Without her memory, she has no idea who, or what, she is. Then we move on to who is this unconventional family of hers, then who is this creator who wants to use them, and all throughout–what are we going to find out next?

As far as unreliable narrators go, Miranda is pretty darn great. She doesn’t even know who she is! I, myself, have always loved unreliable narrators. They keep you on the lookout, always deciphering and theorizing; the more you find out about Miranda’s life, the more fascinating it all becomes. Then of course, there are twists that throw what you’ve learned a little off track. I really enjoyed this…