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Book Review: False Memory by Dan Krokos

False Memory was unlike any YA book I’ve read so far – it mixed futuristic science ficiton themes with a clipped, no-nonsense voice. There’s a real intensity Dan Krokos brought to the story that I think will excite and interest readers.

Book Review: False Memory by Dan Krokos

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Title & Author: False Memory by Dan Krokos

Genre: YA Fantasy – Futuristic

Release Date: August 14, 2012

Series: 1st in a planned series

Publisher: Hyperion

How I Got the Book: ARC via the Publisher


“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.”

I Wanted More

False Memory definitely stands out in my mind as a truly unique read. In a futuristic setting, a team of four – Miranda, Peter, Noah and Olive – have been genetically created to incite mass fear and panic with their minds. They’ve been told they were created to keep the world peaceful, but they’re starting to realize that the plans for their lives look a lot less peaceful than they ever could have imagined.

The story is told from the perspective of Miranda. She woke up on a beach with only her name to remember her life by. After accidentally starting a panic at the mall, she finds Peter waiting for her – with knowledge about who she is and what she can do.

A huge part of the book involves the memories that Miranda keeps recalling (despite doctors telling her she might never remember anything) and how she tries to piece back together her fragmented life. Although I thought this part of the story was really interesting, it left Miranda feeling sort of bland.

She’s trying to figure things out, and for whatever reason, that didn’t leave her a lot of room to feel distinct and real – someone with a personality and opinons. Sadly, that can be said for a few of the other characters too – very two dimensional.


I will say that False Memory is jam-packed with action. There’s tons of combat fighting and guns and really cool futuristic armor. A big thing for me is being able to keep up with the action when it starts to get really fast-paced, and I definitely could in this book.

I also really liked the dynamics of the team. It was easy to tell they were family to each other and that they would do anything for one another.


Even though I really loved all the action and intensity of this novel, I’m not sure I’m going to stick it out for the rest of the series. There wasn’t enough depth to the book to truly engage me – especially because I didn’t connect with the robotic-like characters. I would definitely suggest trying False Memory, as a few of the things that I didn’t like may not both other readers.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.