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False Memory (False Novel) Hardcover – August 14, 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the False Memory Series

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Gr 9 Up-"I don't know who I am, but I might be a badass." So says Miranda North when she wakes up on a park bench with no memory of who she is or where she came from. When she visits a mall, people react to her with stark fear, and in their haste to get away, they end up killing themselves. Peter explains that she is a Rose, a genetically enhanced human with super-soldier abilities and the power to inflict psychic fear on people. The purpose behind the Roses is to wield a new weapon in war, one that attains peace through chaos. Meanwhile, the creators of the Roses have a nefarious plan in mind; they want to release the Roses on Cleveland to see how much havoc can be wreaked. Peter is abducted by members of the Beta team-all clones of Miranda and her friends-and a rogue Rose named Rhys has plenty of unpleasant secrets up his sleeve. A love triangle adds to Miranda's confusion in this fast-paced sci-fi adventure. After a clunky beginning, the story picks up, and the stakes are heightened with the appearance of the cloned Beta team. A plot twist two-thirds of the way in, however, throws readers off and makes for a bit of confusion. Miranda is somewhat of an ambivalent character who handles her memory loss with remarkable acceptance. For fans of surface-level fast-paced stories.-Jamie Kallio, Orland Park Public Library, ILα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

After pumping gas for nine years to put himself through college, Dan Krokos, now twenty-six, became a full-time writer. He enjoys watching TV, playing MMORPGs, and drinking coffee. Currently, he's hard at work on the next book in Miranda's journey. Follow his antics on twitter (@DanKrokos) or visit his Web site, www.dankrokos.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: False Novel
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423149769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423149767
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alicia on August 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wow! What an Awesome adventure! I really enjoyed this book so much! I definitely thought I would like this book, but I had no idea how much I would really love it! The plot was unlike anything I've ever read. It was unpredictable and different, but in a good way kinda way. As soon as I thought I had something figured out, BAM, something I never could of imagined was thrown up in the mix!

The writing and plot suck me in from the first page, and then I was hooked! The author has an amazing way with words, that just captivated me, and glued me to the pages, craving more. Even when their wasn't that much going on in the plot (Which wasn't Often) I was still glued to the pages, lost in this amazing adventure! It had so much action that I couldn't keep up with it! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to keep up with my racing mind! This is truly an original and amazing book, that anyone who loves Sci-f and even dystopia will love, I have no doubt, it was sensational!!!


Miranda wakes up alone on a bench and doesn't remember anything. She doesn't know who she is, where she came from, or what she's capable of. She only knows her name is Miranda and she's seventeen years old, that's it, that's all she can remember. So she strolls into a mall looking for answers, only to find trouble! She decides the best thing for her to do is to find help. So she seeks out the malls security guard, and for some reason she knows he's the one you go to if you need help. So that's what she does, she approaches the mall's guard and tells him she lost her memory and that she doesn't remember anything. The security guard thinks its just a big ol' high school prank that she's trying to pull, so he dismisses her and tells her to leave, but she insist that she's not lying.
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By Reader on October 14, 2013
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This is a teen romance book. Not science fiction. The premise sounded interesting but quickly gave way to the protagonist torn between her ex-boyfriend and the dark stormy group leader. If I'd known it was romance I wouldn't have picked it up.
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Wow. I had no idea what to expect with this book but let me tell you, if you buy this book you are certainly in for a ride! I'm not sure if I've ever read a book that is so action packed, it leaves you breathless. There was never a dull moment throughout this entire book for me, which is something every book strives for, right? Suspenseful and leaving the reading on the edge of their seat waiting for more. I even found myself skipping ahead to see what was going to happen. I hate doing that but I couldn't keep myself from doing it multiple times. A few times, I do believe I even made sound effects to how I was feeling - so glad I was alone or that would've been embarrassing, gasping in shock and all!

The world of cloning is new to me, especially when it comes to YA books (or books in general, I should say) so to read something like this had me slightly nervous. At times, I don't like to steer too far off from what I'm used to but you know what? I'm really loving all the Sci-Fi type of books I've read lately. I certainly may be adding more and more to my TBR list after so many good ones! The cover of False Memory is just amazing, absolutely amazing! If you were to judge a book by it's cover, I'm sure seeing this is a store would certainly grab your attention.

I would like to thank the author, Dan Krokos, for graciously signing an ARC copy at BEA and being a great guy. I'd also like to thank Hyperion for giving away these books (and giving us the opportunity to meet Dan) while at BEA. You'll be happy to hear that this book was #2 on my 'MUST HAVE' book list. (Followed by Prodigy by Marie Lu)

I'm so used to see love triangles that seeing this love...I'm not even sure what you would call this, but regardless, I enjoyed it.
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Of the many young adult science fiction novels that have been released recently, False Memory stands out as an extremely fun, solidly entertaining debut. This action-packed, suspenseful story follows Miranda North, a teenage girl who wakes up without any memory of who she is. Before long, she discovers that her unusual ability to release a painful pulse of energy is the reason why she's being relentlessly pursued...and the reason why her life, as well as the lives of many others, is now in danger.

From brain wave manipulation to rogue agents to a tonally genuine romance, this book includes a lot of different elements, and manages to present them all in a surprisingly engaging way. The author understands how to balance tension and levity, as well as how to up the ante both physically and emotionally as the story builds to its climax. It's rare to find a YA action novel that is this well-paced, especially since most of its protagonists are also well-developed. Miranda's blind panic and fight or flight adrenaline practically leaps off the page with her POV, but her observations about the other characters also allow us to know them as well.

This novel is notable for:

--an original, well-plotted story with exciting, unpredictable twists
--a believably conflicted, responsible heroine
--memorable characters
--well-choreographed fight sequences
--great dialogue
--scientific science fiction.

I had a really great time reading this story because it was just so much fun, but what I appreciate most about it is an interesting sensitivity in its heroine that I frankly find rather unusual coming from a male YA author.
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