I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Memory Key by Liana Liu
Published by HarperTeen on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Source: the Publisher
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 really wanted to like this book more than I did. When I got this book in the mail I was really excited. The concept seemed great. Using a disease that many people are affected by nowadays and exploring solutions that might be possible in the future. But unfortunately, that’s also where my excitement ended.
The concept that seemed most interesting to me, the whole memory part, fell short. I feel like the main-focus should’ve been on that, but instead the story seemed to focus on the MC’s ‘boy-troubles’ and the problems she had with her BFF. Where’s the information about the Memory chips? How do they work? Why did Lora’s chip fell short after she fell? This story could’ve used so much more depth and building.
I couldn’t care much about the characters. Wendy, Lora’s best friend, came across as shallow and just plain annoying at times. I didn’t really enjoy their conversations; the only thing they discussed were boys, and who Lora was supposed to date. It was just plain frustrating at times. Lora, I don’t even know what to say about her. She was odd, and I couldn’t connect with her at all. The switches between present and past were confusing, just as her behaviour towards her ‘friends’. At some point I didn’t even understand why she was friends with Wendy. And then Raul… he seemed to be in the story solely for plot purposes. It didn’t feel like there were relationships between people, there was no depth. They characters just seemed to be there, and they felt empty.
I don’t really know why I kept reading. Perhaps I had hopes that the book would pick up after a while, but it really didn’t and I struggled to get through the story. It’s just such a shame, because I feel like this book could’ve been so much more. I think it’s safe to say that this book really wasn’t my cup of tea…