Title: The Memory Key
Author: Liana Lu
Blurb (GR): In a five-minutes-into-the-future world, a bereaved daughter must choose between losing memories of her mother to the haze of time and the reality-distorting, visceral pain of complete, perfect recall.
Lora Mint is determined not to forget.
Though her mother’s been dead for five years, Lora struggles to remember every detail about her—most importantly, the specific events that occurred the night she sped off in her car, never to return.
But in a world ravaged by Vergets disease, a viral form of Alzheimer’s, that isn’t easy. Usually Lora is aided by her memory key, a standard-issue chip embedded in her brain that preserves memories just the way a human brain would. Then a minor accident damages Lora’s key, and her memories go haywire. Suddenly Lora remembers a moment from the night of her mother’s disappearance that indicates her death was no accident. Can she trust these formerly forgotten memories? Or is her ability to remember every painful part of her past driving her slowly mad—burying the truth forever?
Lora’s longing for her lost mother and journey to patch up her broken memories is filled with authentic and poignant emotion. Her race to uncover the truth is a twisty ride. In the end, Liana Liu’s story will spark topical conversations about memory and privacy in a world that is reliant on increasingly invasive forms of technology.
I can’t even with this book. I’m already saying rating right now: 2 stars. I didn’t liked this plot, HATED the main character, and the writing style was messed up. I usually try to be nice in my reviews, but this book kind of pissed me of.
LAND OF SPOILERS!
This is toward the future, where there is a disease called Vergets. It affects your memory, and the only to fix it is to get a memory key (hence the name). Lora’s mother died when she was young, but something never seemed right. After, a fateful accident Lora’s key replays memories like it’s the real thing. Like some cool 4D theatre. Her key starts revealing memories before her mother accident. Which makes her believe that her mothers accident wasn’t really a accident. Then she finds herself in a web of clues, putting herself, and everyone she knows in danger…
One thing, and maybe the only thing I liked from this book was, that is wasn’t to predictable. I always caught myself second-guessing the outcome. And the ending really suprised me.
Now for the long list of things that I don’t like (in bullet form)
- Unrealisitc – What are the chances of your mom alive in an old retirment home, when you thought she was dead for six years? I’ll tell you right now: Zero. Nada, Zilch. I understand that this was a book. Anything is possible in a book. But the way that the author made the set-up, provided a fakey-feel to the story.
- Tempo is out of control-o – Some scenes are either too fast paced, or too slow paced. There were sometimes when Lora is going through a memory, and all of a sudden it ends. And I’m like what?
- Plot twists – They came out of the blue. And I know that goes for my pro, as the book being unpredictable, but these came out of now where. That was slightly annoying, and unrealistic (as I mentioned up above)
Lora –UGH! I hated her so much. If I were to rate her I would totally give her a 2 star. Throughout the novel, she was acting like a b***h! Even before she got her key broken. I don’t like how she was acting so weak, and I don’t understand her love intrests. How she goes from Tim to Raul. Thinking she likes Raul, but then going back to Tim. Then Raul, then Tim. That girl is so dumb that she can’t even tell who she likes. She also acts like a total b***h to her mom, How can you have such high expectations of your OWN MOTHER, who FYI JUST LOST HALF OF HER MEMORY! You expect her to look at a soap and be like “Oh I remember everything”. NEWS FLASH: That is not how it works.
5/10. Like I said before, the tempo (or I call it) is very out of control, and there were a few parts where things doesn’t make sense, and a little rough patched.