a Dystopian Young Adult Novel by Lauren Mansy
As Young Adult Dystopian Novels go, The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy is a pretty good one. I’ve obviously read quite a few books in this Genre. This one has everything you would expect and/or want in the story. Although I do realize that a book or story like this is not for everyone. For me it worked.
The concept or premise of the story is truly unique. It takes place in a world where Memories can be bought and sold or even stolen. Memories are currency in this world.Along with those memories would of course be the talents you have studied and learned. So if someone has studied and practiced a certain skill for years it’s possible to just buy or steal those memories and become an expert at that particular skill without truly learning it. There are the Gifted and Ungifted. The gifted are the ones that have the ability to take memories. The Ungifted can’t.
Like many Dystopian novels there is an underground movement fighting the rulers of this world. They are The Shadows. The evil Ruler is Madame and she is not a nice person. The hero of this adventure is Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark. In order to save her Mother she joins up with the Shadows who she once betrayed.As the book evolves we learn the intriguing back story of Etta. We also learn that she has a very special ability which in the eyes of Madams makes her a liability (as in public enemy number one). In order to prove herself again to the Shadows she is sent on a quest with a companion she is not sure she wants to trust. Along the way her the relationship between the two grows and they begin to learn more about each other. There are a few interesting twist and turns to each of their stories. No spoilers here though.If you want a truly unique Dystopian type novel with farily interesting characters check this one out. I thought the Characters were well done and interesting.Reid, Ryder,Porter,Cade, Joss, and Penn all added to the story.
As always THE MEMORY THIEF by Lauren Mansy is available HERE
In the city of Craewick, memories reign.
The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.
Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but she grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.
To rescue her mother, Etta must prove her allegiance to the Shadows by stealing a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. Etta faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past as she uncovers a conspiracy that challenges everything she knew about herself and the world around her.
In a place where nothing is what it seems, can Etta ever become more than a memory thief?