Book Review: The Memory Key by Liana Liu

Posted April 17, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from HarperCollins International in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Memory Key by Liana LiuThe Memory Key by Liana Liu
Published by Harper Collins on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dating & Sex, Family, General, Parents, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: HarperCollins International
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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 important, 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 story of longing for her lost mother—and for the truth behind her broken memories—takes readers on a twisty ride. The authentic, emotional narrative sparks fascinating questions about memory and privacy in a world that increasingly relies on electronic recall.

I was so excited when I heard about “The Memory Key” by Liana Liu. Much to my dismay I really didn’t like this book. I had such a hard time getting into the story. I loved the idea of what “The Memory Key” was going to be about but I feel like it just fell so short of what I thought. The plot and the story line didn’t seem to be fully developed. I really thought the story would focus more on the memory part of the story and unfortunately I think the book focused more on the realtionship between Lora’s and her best friend more than anything else.

Along these same lines, I feel like the characters were really hard to get to know. The characters were shallow and uninteresting. There were times that I found the characters to be completely annoying. I really wanted to keep reading hoping that the story will better but to be honest I have a 150 page rule that if the first 150 pages don’t catch my attention then it is time to give up. This was added to my Did Not Finish pile. Such a sad day.

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Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

One response to “Book Review: The Memory Key by Liana Liu

  1. I wholly agree with you. This book just fell short… and I really disliked it. The story about the memory chips was so promising and I’m sad that it focused more in teenange drama instead 🙁

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