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A Reader of Fictions: Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart - Stone Temple Pilots

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart - Stone Temple Pilots

False Memory
False Memory, Book 1

Author: Dan Krokos
Pages: 327
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date:  August 14, 2012
Source: Disney/Hyperion via NetGalley

Description from 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.


First Sentence: "In the food court I find a mall cop leaning against a pillar."

Review:
As is often the case, I had no clue whatsoever what False Memory was actually about when I started. Other than possibly, if the tag line was any indication, Mufasa.


My only real expectation was lots of action, because of the male author. Honestly, I probably didn't expect there to be much more than that, but, actually False Memory deals with identity, individuality and how our memories affect our personalities. Krokos' new series brims over with action scenes, badass characters and clever world building.

For the first few chapters of False Memory, I was pretty bored. Miranda's in this mall without a memory, and weird things are happening. Enter mysterious hottie to say enigmatic things and tell her to follow him. Sigh, I thought, another one of these?, but, thankfully, Miranda, despite her initial behavior, is NOT the kind of girl to take someone else's word just because they say so.  If you struggle with the opening section, do push on, because once some of the questions were answered, I got all kinds of sucked into this book.

Miranda learns that she is a member of a group of four teens, The Roses, imbued with mind control powers. Two of the others escaped at the same time as she disappeared, memory gone. The team leader, Peter, found her and brought her back to their home. The Doctor in charge sends them to find the other two. When they do, they discover that their might be more to their powers (they can make people feel fear with their brains) than they ever expected. The world building was so cool, and I really hope to learn more about the scope of their power in the next book. Also, I would like to know why their power smells like roses...

There seems to be a new trend in dystopian fiction: male authors writing powerful heroines. I am seriously loving this; False Memory is at least the fifth book that fits that description I've read so far this month. Miranda really appealed to me. I love the logical way she focuses on what's important and practical, rather than letting the eerieness of her situation keep her from doing anything. Plus, she has crazy awesome fighting skills.

Oh yeah, those of you who love action scenes in your books will definitely want be all over False Memory. It is readily apparent that Krokos loves him some fight scenes. Honestly, I'm not that huge of a fight scene person, but his were really well done. I pretty much always had a very clear image in my head of what was going on at any given time, though not so detailed as to bore me. He kept up a quick pace throughout.

Love triangles are totally played out and awful, right? Well, not really, no. They can be THE WORST, when done incorrectly, but the reason people keep writing them is that they can be realistic and powerful. Krokos' love triangle (errr...square? pentagon? hexagon?...I can't keep track by the end) totally worked for me. Miranda, before her memory loss episode, was dating Noah, but, now, she feels much more pull towards Peter. Olive, the fourth member of the group also has a really obvious (to me from the first scene she was in) crush on Noah. What made the hackneyed and predictable relationships more interesting was the fact that Miranda was new. She was in a love triangle without any intention to be. As she is now, she would choose Peter without any difficulty, but flashes of memory and the knowledge of the others push her towards Noah. Without her memories, is she the same person? Will she recall everything and fall for Noah again? These dynamics kept me rapt.

After a skeptical start, Dan Krokos held me in his thrall. False Memory is a fast-moving book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Also, if you like twists, get excited.


Favorite Quote:
"He stops pacing. 'I know, Miranda, I did it because I—'
   'Stop! Don't say it. I don't want to hear you say it.'
   'I have to say it,' Noah says.
   'No, you don't.' If I hear him say the word love, I don't know what I'll do. I still have my gun. Maybe one day I can forgive him, but all chance of that goes out the window if he claims he did it for love. If you love someone, the idea is respect them enough to trust them. Not to take away their freedom. Their life."

"I am I am I said I'm not myself, but I'm not dead and I'm not for sale
Hold me closer, closer let me go let me be just let me be
"

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18 Comments:

Blogger Lenore Appelhans said...

You know I love exploration of memory -- so even though I wasn't planning on reading this one, now I HAVE to.

August 17, 2012 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yeah, you do!

August 17, 2012 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Alessandra @Out of the Blue said...

Wow, you get netgalleys from Disney/Hyperion.

This sounds like my sort of book. Sign me up on the love triangle or whatever. Too bad I'm not supposed to buy any more until the end of the year, at the very least.

August 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger KM said...

This sounds really good! I hadn't really been that interested in it before, but now I'm intrigued. And I like that the love triangle doesn't seem contrived. I have to agree, that's the WORST when it's done badly; but I've read a few that I really loved. And honestly, I'm more into love squares than triangles anyway. ;)

Great review! Also, I'm with Alessandra: how do you get Netgalley stuff from Hyperion?! I thought they don't take blogger requests anymore?

August 17, 2012 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I was lucky. They gave me autoapproval before they went all anti-blogger.

Library? Maybe? I'm not sure what access to books is like in Italy. :(

August 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Bahaha, well, this one's definitely a love crazy shape. It's complex and way more interesting than a boring old love triangle. They so are the WORST when done badly. I'm also really curious to see where Krokos is going to take stuff in the next volume.

August 17, 2012 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiners Book Blog) said...

Ugh, sorry the first few chapters disappointed, but at least it picked up. The love quadrangle sounds interesting, and well done.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

August 17, 2012 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

That happens with fantasy! Sometimes there's a bit of drag for initial setup. I don't mind so much as long as it works out in the end, which it definitely did!

August 17, 2012 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger aLilLacey said...

The first sentence isn't a real captivating one is it ; ) the story sounds fun though. And sure one could always use a love triangle every one in awhile. And if it's got some twists I'm all for that! .....Mufasa. Haha

August 17, 2012 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger Nori said...

I kinda loved this book way more than I was expecting to...I totally called it a love square in my review too! And I really want to know what happens next!

August 18, 2012 at 12:01 AM  
Blogger Lilian said...

I don't know what to make of the first line. *tries to find a deeper meaning in pillars and mall cops*

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed False Memory. I can't wait to get my hands on it. <--oh goodness, the last two lines sounded so generic and boring. *Sigh*
I didn't even realize the book released already. *struggles to remember if I saw it at the bookstore today or not*

I love a strong heroine any day.

I hope the library will buy a copy soon. *prays to the library gods*

Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

August 18, 2012 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Alessandra @Out of the Blue said...

I'm not sure what access to books is like in Italy.
Well, first of all we need to know if some Italian publisher bought the right to publish *SpecificBook* into Italian. Also, many series in translation get discontinued, or later books get published late. For example, the third Hunger Games book was published in Italian in *May 2012*, a week or so after the movie arrived in cinemas.

August 18, 2012 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yeah, every first sentence isn't captivating. :-p

Mufasa!

August 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Glad you liked it too! It was a surprise to me too. So curious to see where it will go next. I have very little idea!

August 19, 2012 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

She's in a mall without her memory, so she goes to the cop for help. No deeper meaning in that, lol.

Gosh, so boring! I am disappoint.

I pretty much never know when books release.

ANY DAY.

*adds some prayers to the library gods of Hawaii*

August 19, 2012 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Lilian said...

I AM DISAPPOINTED TOO. I'm not supposed to be a mundane robot spewing out predictable mundane things. I only do that boring stuff for giveaway entries!

I usually know the month. And then I depend on my blog subscriptions to tell me the rest.

I NEED MORE GIRL POWER.
I'm in the mood to find a novel with a female serial killer. For some reason all the crime novels I've read only have guys as the murderer. *Googles "female serial killer"*...Google suggestions: female serial killer raped by giraffe O_O
Apparently there was a female serial killer in 1st century AD named Locusta who was "raped by a specially trained giraffe after which she was torn apart by wild animals." Real life can be even more bizarre than fiction.

Somehow I imagine the library gods of Hawaii to be Moai heads (even though that has nothing to do with Hawaii)..or those Tiki thingys. I know for sure they love Obama, and Quarantine: The Loners. What boring taste they have!

August 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Giveaway entries are mad boring. Nice review that I didn't read!

WHAT THE EFF IS THAT? I don't even. I feel like I might have heard of something, but I don't know. Grave Mercy and Throne of Glass are both lady assassins. Is that good enough?

Man, those tiki heads need to step it up.

August 20, 2012 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Terri S. said...

Hahaha Mufasa Mufasa Mufasa! (Now I want to watch The Lion King.)

August 7, 2013 at 7:22 PM  

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