Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review-False Memory

There are those books that just pull you in and don't let you put them down.  It's like you can't help but keep reading and reading and reading them until there's nothing left for you to read.  False Memory is that kind of book.  I was so pleased when I started it and found that it was one of those books that was fresh and new, and it even managed to surprise me!  And by surprise me I don't mean in one or two places, but in like...ALL OF THE PLACES!  Okay, no, there were a FEW things that I saw coming, but about 80% of the plot was like BAM!  And I really loved that.  Dan has created a whole complex world and characters that help move the world along.  Everything in the novel is fresh, and in this market I feel that it's really hard to find a book like that.  To me this book reminded me of Inception which I loved, but it left you needing to think some things through, which is something that seems to go by the wayside now a days in exchange for mindless violence and romance that makes your toes curl.  Dan brings together ALL of these elements and does it gracefully in a way that reminds me of The Hunger Games in some ways.  The other thing I must praise Dan for is the fact that he, being a male, has slipped into the mind of a teenage girl quite well, but he doesn't go overboard with the situation and turn her into one of those cry-babies.  He gives us a strong female character that can kick some ass, and he isn't afraid to dirty his hands in the blood of characters along the way, which is something I feel some authors shy away from.  This was such a great debut novel and I can't wait to see what comes next, because he manages to stay a few steps ahead of his readers and surprise them, which is something that can be hard to do.
4.5/5 dust spirits
This review is also helping me participate in Lenore Applehan's Dystopian August Giveaway!

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