Memory Hunter (The Facetakers Book 2) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication Date : July 24, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 478 pages
- Publisher : Whipsaw Press; 1st Edition (July 24, 2015)
- File Size : 4014 KB
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00Z8CTPII
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
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The plot was set for you in a pre-quell "Saving Face" of people who are able to transfer your face along with your soul to other "hosts" but you don't necessarily have to have read Saving Face to be able to follow this trilogy. The benefit is knowing a few characters in more detail. New characters are introduced in Memory Hunter and there is much more detail to the "abilities" of some, and to the use of what could be ancient magic, for good or for evil purposes.
You will find yourself getting immersed with the characters and feeling like you are right with them during fight battles, tender moments, memories, and wanting so badly for the villain to gets what they deserve.
This is an easy read geared probably for the teen/young adult but as a mom to these, I enjoyed them very much also. It mixes it up with fiction, non-fiction (mostly in place setting) and fantasy. Nothing is there to make you uncomfortable or hesitant to allow your family to read it, and each chapter wants to make you keep reading.
The facetakers and their enemies seem to be responsible for everything. Each chapter starts off with a quote from either a facetaker or a famous figure, all of whom seem to be well aware of the existence of heka, facetakers, and so on. This leads to one of my major problems with the book. An enchanter apparently convinced Hitler to kill the Jews in order to also kill a bunch of hunters (also, Hitler was crazy because of too many soul transfers). The hunters, of course, were “far too clever to get caught and sent off to the concentration camps…” Hoo boy. Let me count the ways in which this was a bad idea. First, there’s the implication that Hitler and the Nazis were tricked into killing the Jews, rather than placing the blame squarely where it belongs: on racist humans. Second, there’s the statement that hunters escaped the camps because they were clever. In other words, apparently if the Jews had just been more clever, they could have escaped the camps too. I can’t even… Wow. Just, if you’re going to write about Nazis, maybe have some people very carefully read over your words to be sure you aren’t accidentally offensive. (To make sure it wasn’t just me, I ran these various issues past some friends who are closer to these issues than I am. Yeah, they weren’t impressed either.)
Oh wait, speaking of offensive: "The slender Chinese-American had inherited the best of both cultures. She wore her silky, black hair long, tied back to accentuate her delicate features. Her face looked more American than Chinese…"
Okay. First, the author seems to have confused genetic inheritance with cultural. He speaks of Mai Luan as having the best of both cultures, then goes into physical details, which are genetic. Second, “American” isn’t an ethnic group, so it wouldn’t contribute genetic features. Third, following up “the best of both” with “Her face looked more American than Chinese” implies that American faces are better than Chinese. Whoops.
I’m pretty sure the author wanted me to like Sarah, but it was difficult. She’s fairly shallow. Then there’s this: "She grew accustomed to his new form very quickly, and wondered how she’d never realized he didn’t belong in Carl’s mediocre body." So… a badass operative is not believable unless he’s also ruggedly handsome? There’s no such thing as a nondescript badass? Ugh. The ultimate case of body-shaming.
One of the characters, Alter, a hunter, starts off with a very erratic personality, and lots of ridiculous mugging and posing. His personality somewhat settles down later on, but it’s too much at first.
Mai Luan is the stereotypically stupid villain, even though she must have needed some smarts to totally bamboozle the council the way she has. She has an untold number of opportunities to kill, maim, and turn in the good guys, yet she just keeps letting them go. I wish I’d thought to count the number of times she lets them go. She’s exponentially more powerful than anybody else in the book, meaning the author had to make her crazy and stupid in order to keep her from winning. It’s ridiculous.
There’s an extensive semi-dream-sequence battle that’s actually quite gripping, and is the one part of the book I really enjoyed. However, if the characters are able to think guns into being while in that reality, then they ought to be able to think a rope or ladder into being when trying to climb out of a pit.
Ultimately, I can’t recommend this book. It’s frustrating, it’s annoying, and it’s problematic.