Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Memory Key by Liana Liu

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Memory Key
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

The Memory Key by Liana Liu

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

The Memory Key(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

This was an interesting sci-fi story about the dangers of messing with people’s memories.

Lora was an okay character, although she seemed to maybe tell people things that she maybe shouldn’t. This could have been attributed to the fact that she had no idea how sensitive information was though, and what it could do in the wrong hands. If you don’t realise that there’s something to be afraid of, how can you know to prepare for it?

The storyline was quite interesting, and I liked how it built throughout the book. It wasn’t obvious which memories were dangerous, or who certain people were or what they were working on, so there were quite a few surprises as the book went along.
There was a little bit of romance but not a lot, and it didn’t really factor into the story much at all.

The end was good, and I really liked the little twist we got at the end regarding how people’s memories could be used against them as it seemed quite clever! Even though this book had a bit more of a realistic ending rather than a ‘happily ever after’ ending, it was a satisfying ending, and I enjoyed the book overall, even though the pace could have been a little faster.
6.5 out of 10

1 comment:

  1. I'm curious enough to want to read this book. It's the premise. I can't seem to let it go. :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette