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Title: The Memory Thief
Author: Lauren Mansy
Release Date: Oct 1, 2019
Genres: YA Fantasy/Romance
In the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.
Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.
To prove her allegiance to the Shadows and rescue her mother, Etta must steal a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world.
*****What I Enjoyed*****
- Interesting from the start. Intriguing premise.
- Revolution – it’s been a while since I’ve read a book with one.
- Reid! I loved his forgiving and encouraging personality.
- I was so quickly sucked into this story and couldn’t put it down!
- So many crazy twists that you don’t see coming! Some are completely heart stopping.
- A lot of mystery. You even begin to wonder if you have an unreliable narrator.
- Hope builds and plummets and builds and plummets. It’s a roller coaster ride!
- The family dynamics and surprises.
- A great message in the end.
- I enjoyed the author’s note at the end.
*****What I Didn’t Enjoy*****
- This book fell short on emotion and emotional connections.
Part of this books feels like the romance is driving it, and the other half the plot. I’d say in the end that the plot is really what drives this book and the author has a clear message in the end. Normally I’d want more from my characters, but somehow this still worked for me. Because the characters weren’t strong on the emotions, I wouldn’t pick this up for the romance, though. While it was so addictive on one hand, I always found myself wanting a little more depth there. I enjoyed the memorable storyline. 4.25 Stars!
Have you read the The Memory Thief? What did you think? Have a recommendation for me?