The Memory Keeper's is Natalie Ngan's second novel. It is a YA Science Fiction novel set in London. London has been split in half. One half is full of prosperous aristocrats. The other half is the slums, full of people trying to survive poverty. Seven is a thief - he steals memories. He makes copies and then surfs the memories in his spare time. It is a way to live another life without ever leaving your own.
The premise of the novel is extremely interesting. There is a clandestine organization doing experiments for personal gain. There is a Romeo and Juliet love story of two people from opposite sides of the tracks. It has the making of a great story.
Unfortunately, it falls short. The story is not very flushed out. At times it just becomes downright weird. When the truth is reveled it felt very anti-climatic. I guess the impact of the situation was not explained enough for me to get why it would matter. The story itself wasn't very connected. It had the making of a great novel, but I felt that it felt polish.
Vox is a dystopian novel that tells the chilling story of a society that has literally silenced women. For Dr. Jean McClellan, a linguist who studied the neurological impact of language, find this to be a nightmare situation. She is forced to watch her own daughter silenced during crucial developmental stages.
This book challenges the status quo. It shows the dangers of a society dominated by white, Christian, males who want to limit anyone else. It specifically shows how women are considered less in our society. While it is an extreme dystopian version of this view, it hits very close to home. I am an educated female working higher education. I personally was experiencing my own "silencing" at a time when I read this book. I found this book to be more than enjoyment, it was empowering. It talks about hard truths. You can see this just by looking through the reviews for the book.
Vox was written very vividly. I felt connected at all times. The characters were multi-dimensional and real. The writing was good as well. The writing could have been a little better, however I did not feel it was lacking. It is more that I could see Dalcher continuing to grow as an author.
Legend is the first book in the Legend trilogy. It is a dystopian novel set in a time when the United States was split in two by the effects of climate change. Like most societies the rich try and stay in power and the poor suffer. When you push people down they try to rise up. However, Legend is the story about two people. Day was born poor and failed his trial - a test to determine where you fit into society. The rare children who fail are ultimately used for experiments and killed. Except that Day escaped. He lives as a ghost, helping his family from afar and hurting the Republic as much as possible. The second story belongs to June. June is a prodigy, the only person to score perfectly on her test. At fifteen she has been fastracked through college and is set to soon receive a prestigious assignment in the military. She was born into the privileged class, although her life is not without challenge. Her parents both died when she was young and she was raised by her older brother. When Day is accused of killing June’s brother she is sent to track him down.
The book is full of strong characters. Day and June are both unique and relatable. Although, even the side characters have there own complexity. The world building is also captivating. It is scary how easy you could see society gravitating to a similar structure. Overal the story really gripped me. I could not put the book down. Although, all the death was depressing and the YA love was a bit too much. Although, thankfully, it was not the focus of the story.
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