10 July 2015

The Memory Key

Author: Liana Liu
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Bury

This novel was such a disappointment after the other two I finished this week.  For one, the other two has such independent, striking female main characters.  Dare I say, heroines even.  Lora Mint does not even come close to that.  Lora has a crush on her best friend's older brother, who is a few years older than her and thus did not think it the best to strike up a relationship with her right before he went off after high school.  She also meets Raul and instantly strikes a chord with him.  So pretty much right off the bat, we're given a love triangle to deal with.  And when the best friend's older brother comes back in the picture, it turns out he might have another object of his affection, turning it into a love rectangle.  It's just too much man, too much.

The remainder of my review for this novel can be summarized by my thoughts about the passage selected on the back of the cover en lieu of a summary.  Here we have a book about this mega company that has a monopoly on the market of memory chip implants, developed to counteract this disease that is basically Alzheimer's.  And our main character is starting to think that not all was up to board with the death of her mother, who happened to work for this very same company.  And yet, the passage they select to promote the novel?  It's flashbacks from her memory chip, about how she realizes with sudden clarity that she hates her best friend.

Wait, what?  Why?  Why why why why why?!?!?!

This story shows a lot of beginning promise for a fun, sci-fi/future tech YA thriller.  Unfortunately, that plot is almost completely overshadowed by the interpersonal relationships between the characters.  I speak mainly about the little love triangle/square that plays out between  and the relationship between Loda and Wendy and all the drama involved there.  I also think the big twist/revelation at the end is a little too tried and true and it leaves me rather unsatisfied with this story, even though I do think the very end is rather eloquently written.

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