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From the thrilling voice of Sacha Wunsch comes a heart-stopping psychological mystery in a world where memories can be shared—and one girl can’t trust any of them. Enhanced Memory changed everything. By sharing someone else’s memory, you can experience anything and everything with no risk at all: learn any skill instantly, travel the world from home, and safeguard all your From the thrilling voice of Sacha Wunsch comes a heart-stopping psychological mystery in a world where memories can be shared—and one girl can’t trust any of them. Enhanced Memory changed everything. By sharing someone else’s memory, you can experience anything and everything with no risk at all: learn any skill instantly, travel the world from home, and safeguard all your most treasured secrets forever. Nova’s parents invented this technology, and it’s slowly taking over their lives. Nova doesn’t mind—mostly. She knows Enhanced Memory is a gift. But Kade says Nova doesn’t know the costs of this technology that’s taken the world by storm. Kade runs a secret vlog cataloging real experiences, is always on the move, and is strangely afraid of Nova—even though she feels more comfortable with him than she ever has with anyone. Suddenly there are things Nova can’t stop noticing: the way her parents don’t meet her eyes anymore, the questions no one wants her to ask, and the relentless feeling that there’s something she’s forgotten…  


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From the thrilling voice of Sacha Wunsch comes a heart-stopping psychological mystery in a world where memories can be shared—and one girl can’t trust any of them. Enhanced Memory changed everything. By sharing someone else’s memory, you can experience anything and everything with no risk at all: learn any skill instantly, travel the world from home, and safeguard all your From the thrilling voice of Sacha Wunsch comes a heart-stopping psychological mystery in a world where memories can be shared—and one girl can’t trust any of them. Enhanced Memory changed everything. By sharing someone else’s memory, you can experience anything and everything with no risk at all: learn any skill instantly, travel the world from home, and safeguard all your most treasured secrets forever. Nova’s parents invented this technology, and it’s slowly taking over their lives. Nova doesn’t mind—mostly. She knows Enhanced Memory is a gift. But Kade says Nova doesn’t know the costs of this technology that’s taken the world by storm. Kade runs a secret vlog cataloging real experiences, is always on the move, and is strangely afraid of Nova—even though she feels more comfortable with him than she ever has with anyone. Suddenly there are things Nova can’t stop noticing: the way her parents don’t meet her eyes anymore, the questions no one wants her to ask, and the relentless feeling that there’s something she’s forgotten…  

30 review for Lies My Memory Told Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wow! This book’s main concept has been scripted at one of my most favorite Black Mirror series episode 3 of first season: “The Entire History of you” sharing the same idea: accessing the memory records of someone else’s, hearing, seeing, feeling them can cost you more than you expected. ( if you haven’t watched! Go for it! New Dr. Who is also one of the casts) Robert Downey Jr already loved this idea so much and bought the movie rights for his production company. But before seeing the idea as a Wow! This book’s main concept has been scripted at one of my most favorite Black Mirror series episode 3 of first season: “The Entire History of you” sharing the same idea: accessing the memory records of someone else’s, hearing, seeing, feeling them can cost you more than you expected. ( if you haven’t watched! Go for it! New Dr. Who is also one of the casts) Robert Downey Jr already loved this idea so much and bought the movie rights for his production company. But before seeing the idea as a movie, it turns out as a twisty, dystopian book and served us freshly baked from oven. As soon as I saw the same brilliant concept, I was so excited to read this book. But I didn’t enjoy the execution of this finest idea. The first half of the book made me felt like I attended a long, boring conference about the importance of Enhanced Memory: it kept going and going, never stopped. A few times I went back to make sure if I didn’t read the same pages over and over because I felt like I read the same words, same manifestations. There are too many repetitive paragraphs. This started not like a dystopian story. It was more like analysis of what did go wrong with the dystopian world. Second half was so much better and the author added some great ideas into the concept and the conclusion is also semi satisfying so when you pass through the first half, the book gets a little better. I’m giving solid, not bad but I truly expected more from this kind of genius story line stars. I got a little disappointed. If the first half could be edited and cleaned from repetitive cycle, it would be much interesting, mind bending, addictive reading because there is still so much potential with this promising premise. Special thanks to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Lies My Memory Told Me by Sacha Wunsch is a young adult science fiction thriller. The story is set in a time in the future when the invention of Enhanced Memory has happened and the world has been taken over by the technology. Enhanced Memory is a virtual reality type of experience where a user feels they have done the activity in the program they watched. Nova has grown up in the shadow of Enhanced Memory with her own parents being the ones that had created the tech that brought it to the world. Lies My Memory Told Me by Sacha Wunsch is a young adult science fiction thriller. The story is set in a time in the future when the invention of Enhanced Memory has happened and the world has been taken over by the technology. Enhanced Memory is a virtual reality type of experience where a user feels they have done the activity in the program they watched. Nova has grown up in the shadow of Enhanced Memory with her own parents being the ones that had created the tech that brought it to the world. Nova’s always been proud of her parents for what they did to help everyone in the world but her parents have grown more and more distant burying themselves in their work. Nova doesn’t mind helping in the house or spending so much time alone but when she meets Kade she begins to question the technology her parents invented. Kade is a rebel and wants to really live life, not just experience it through Enhanced Memory. Nova also sees some things at her job at the memory care home that make her question just how Enhanced Memory functions so she teams up with Kade to get to the truth behind the tech. Lies My Memory Told Me is actually a debut novel by author Sacha Wunsch and for me I enjoyed this one well enough. I did think it could have used a bit more editing to keep from repeating some things in it but overall the story was likable. The idea behind living through virtual means isn’t exactly new and the twists weren’t overly surprising but I found the story one that was solid enough to keep the pages turning and flew right through the book. When done I would rate this one at three and a half stars and would be interested in seeing what this author came up with next. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for giving me an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own. This is a let down. There's no other way around it. While I think that some of my middle grade readers will enjoy this (or, at least, read it and not complain loudly) it is not the hard hitting dystopian/sci-fi thriller I was hoping for. As I was getting close to the end, all I could think to compare it to was a Disney movie or Disney Channel "thriller" where the kids manage to Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for giving me an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own. This is a let down. There's no other way around it. While I think that some of my middle grade readers will enjoy this (or, at least, read it and not complain loudly) it is not the hard hitting dystopian/sci-fi thriller I was hoping for. As I was getting close to the end, all I could think to compare it to was a Disney movie or Disney Channel "thriller" where the kids manage to figure things out without anyone noticing and they can sneak into the lab just because they put on a lab coat. I mean, come on. My younger readers (or those who aren't as discerning) will probably find this to be OK. Others, not so much. The premise (a new technology that allows you to experience memories from other people) is a good one. BUT, it falls flat. It is predictable. It has some plot holes. It isn't all that memorable. So, it's probably a second purchase for large collections. It is very appropriate for younger/middle grade readers, which can sometimes be hard to find in dystopian works. It is also a stand-alone.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Conwell

    I had high expectations for this one. The premise was so unique and sounded amazing, but was not executed well. The writing was extremely basic and juvenile and very repetitive. I got bored quickly and even predicted the entire rest of the book. This was a hard pass for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Abby Knudsen

    This is only the third book I've ever rated one star, so trust me when I say that it's one of the worst books I've ever read. Whoever did the developmental editing should be fired immediately. I don't know how there were actual publishing professionals who read this book and thought they should give it a chance. Let's start from the beginning with the unnecessary prologue. The first sentence: "The platform was a hundred and fifty feet down." It's not terrible, but the rest of the scene uses the This is only the third book I've ever rated one star, so trust me when I say that it's one of the worst books I've ever read. Whoever did the developmental editing should be fired immediately. I don't know how there were actual publishing professionals who read this book and thought they should give it a chance. Let's start from the beginning with the unnecessary prologue. The first sentence: "The platform was a hundred and fifty feet down." It's not terrible, but the rest of the scene uses the vaguest language possible to make it seem like the unknown character is in some sort of dangerous situation. Then, surprise! She's on a zipline. It felt like a cheap trick, and there's nothing I hate more than authors who resort to tricks to create false tension. It's only gets worse from there. The first chapter is NOTHING but info dumping. Our main character Nova, is talking to her best friend, Andie, It was completely insufferable to read because it felt so unnatural for all the conversation topics and inner monologue to explain everything about the premise of the book. Sure, it's the kind of thing that needs explaining, but it's honestly not that complex. Basically, Nova's parents invented a technology called Enhanced Memories that allows people to put in headphones and experience things like skydiving, roaming through Paris, climbing a mountain, etc. as if they were there themselves. This technology has become extremely popular and integrated enough into society that people don't often do adventurous things because it's much easier and safer to do them from the comfort of their own homes. An entire chapter is dedicated to saying all of that. After the first chapter, I expected some action. But nope. This book has NO inciting incident. Absolutely nothing happens in the first third of the book except more pointless info dumping about enhanced memories and Nova's neglectful parents. I just kept waiting and waiting for the story problem to be introduced, but it droned on and on. Around the 1/3 mark Nova meets a boy named Kade, which could arguably be considered the inciting incident. But if it is, it's a very weak one, and it comes far later in the story than it's supposed to. Nova is fascinated by Kade because he is anti enhanced memories and insists on making all of his memories on his own. His character was the only good part of this book. I liked him because I think that if this technology were real, I would probably share his same opinions. But even then, his character isn't super strongly developed, and his introduction doesn't do a lot to move the story forward. As we continue slowly through the rest of the book, Nova starts to become suspicious about some of the things going on regarding memories at the nursing home she works at, but soon after the suspicion is introduced, it's resolved. She also is continually worried about her parents, who are constantly doing beta testing of enhanced memories and don't pay any attention to her. The only real action that happens comes in the last 20% of the book, but it's all very predictable and unrealistic (even when accepting all the realities that come with enhanced memories). Nova is an extremely flat character throughout the whole book. She had no strong goals or desires. Even though she's the narrator, I finished the book feeling like I really knew nothing about her. The author also made her constantly sound stupid because all the info dumping was funneled through her. Other characters would bring up different societal impacts of enhanced memories (addiction, destruction of the travel industry, etc.) in conversation, and she would just be like, "hmm I'd never really thought about that before." It's like she doesn't have any sort of common sense and has made absolutely no observations about the world. Besides Kade, who at least has some sort of motivation, the rest of the side characters felt like cardboard cutouts. Genie, her coworker at the nursing home, and Andie, her best friend, only served as the other voice in the conversation when Andie needed to rehash the events of a previous scene or talk something out that's extremely obvious. The parents also had no personalities of their own. They were lumped together as an entity and were basically robots. But it wasn't just the story and the characters that were written poorly. The actual writing is some of the worst that I've ever seen published. Writing 101 is showing vs. telling, and I don't think this author has ever heard of this concept before. This book is full of telling language that makes you never feel completely immersed in a scene. Nova's internal monologue is constantly stating her thoughts and feelings directly, and we never learn anything about her from her actions. The dialogue was also really awkward in every conversation. It felt like it was written by a middle schooler. The only reason I finished this book is because I felt obligated because it was an ARC. But I would not recommend this to anyone. Ever. Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Lost in Book Land

    Hello Again! This is going to be my second ever phone book! So about a month or so ago now, I decided to start reading a book on my phone, when I am waiting for an appt, when I am out and about but do not want to carry my Kindle, when I have a few minutes in the morning or at night, etc.. It has honestly been really great! Sometimes I even pick up my phone book while I am just on the couch as my kindle is charging so I can continue to read! For my second phone book I decided to pick up Lies My Me Hello Again! This is going to be my second ever phone book! So about a month or so ago now, I decided to start reading a book on my phone, when I am waiting for an appt, when I am out and about but do not want to carry my Kindle, when I have a few minutes in the morning or at night, etc.. It has honestly been really great! Sometimes I even pick up my phone book while I am just on the couch as my kindle is charging so I can continue to read! For my second phone book I decided to pick up Lies My Memory Told Me! This is an E-ARC the publisher sent me in exchange for my honest opinions, so a huge thank you to the publisher! I really enjoyed my time with this story, so without further ado let’s jump into it! SPOILERS AHEAD Nova might be the luckiest or unluckiest kid in the world depending on how you look at things. Nova’s parents created enhanced memories! A new technology that is literally sweeping the nation. Basically, users can experience memories as if they were there. Things like skydiving, cliff jumping, going to Paris, and more! This technology has so many applications like helping people preserve memories and helping people experience things that might be afraid to or never have the opportunity to. It has surged in popularity since it’s debut and many people are consumed by it, including Nova’s own parents. Every day for months now Nova comes home and they say they are beta testing but they are just hooked up to there enhanced memory machines and the house is a mess. Nova cleans the house up, and carries on with her life. But when her parents miss her play at school she is really upset and goes out with her friends to an enhanced memory bar. A place where people can use different enhanced memories but together. Here, Nova gets a memory of a haunted house but its kind of off compared to what she is used to but she can not quite put her finger on what is wrong. On her way out she meets a guy, and they agree to meet up for again (maybe for a date)! But when Nova learns that he does not used enhanced memories and why, she thinks he is crazy until she starts looking around and wondering if maybe he is right? I absolutely loved this story! At first, I was kind of like hmm I do not know where this is going but by chapter three I wanted to read more and found myself picking it up often until I had like less than 100 pages left and I stayed up really late one night to finish it! There is a rather large twist to the story and admittedly somewhere in my mind, I started to get a feeling things were further off base than the characters and plot were letting on. But I was unable to put my finger on exactly what was wrong with the picture I had before me. But once a few more things fell into place, I absolutely knew what was happening and I honestly only enjoyed the book more! I want to give a huge thank you to the publisher for this E-ARC in exchange for an honest review and I can not wait to see what this author writes next! Goodreads Rating: 5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Beary Into Books

    Rating 2 DNF @60% Oof. This book had such a great synopsis but unfortunately the book itself didn’t work for me. The concept behind the book is creative but that’s about it. The book started off slowly giving the reader a lot of information to set up the story. However, in my opinion all of that information seemed pointless and irrelevant. It took too many words and pages to say what needed to be said. The main character was pretty plain, nothing stood out about her. This book was missing the act Rating 2 DNF @60% Oof. This book had such a great synopsis but unfortunately the book itself didn’t work for me. The concept behind the book is creative but that’s about it. The book started off slowly giving the reader a lot of information to set up the story. However, in my opinion all of that information seemed pointless and irrelevant. It took too many words and pages to say what needed to be said. The main character was pretty plain, nothing stood out about her. This book was missing the action and drama that was promised from reading the synopsis. Overall, I would only recommend this book to readers who don’t mind slow pacing and who won’t be upset if the ending doesn’t pay off. **Received an advanced copy through NetGalley in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    This was an okay book. The idea of Enhanced Memories is kinda cool. The plot started off really well in the beginning but that momentum didn't last till the end. The ending felt a bit unsatisfying-- but that could be because I haven't processed all my thoughts of this book just yet. Might write a book review for the blog, so stay tuned! 3 stars This was an okay book. The idea of Enhanced Memories is kinda cool. The plot started off really well in the beginning but that momentum didn't last till the end. The ending felt a bit unsatisfying-- but that could be because I haven't processed all my thoughts of this book just yet. Might write a book review for the blog, so stay tuned! 3 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    A YA thriller with an intriguing premise, this one failed to hit the mark for me in terms of execution. The issue is with the protagonist, Nova, who doesn’t realize until very late in the story that she herself is a central character in the drama. Because of this, she appears for most of the story to be an observer… and a fairly dispassionate one because she doesn’t believe there’s actually a problem until it starts to affect her personally. This sets the reader at something of a remove to the a A YA thriller with an intriguing premise, this one failed to hit the mark for me in terms of execution. The issue is with the protagonist, Nova, who doesn’t realize until very late in the story that she herself is a central character in the drama. Because of this, she appears for most of the story to be an observer… and a fairly dispassionate one because she doesn’t believe there’s actually a problem until it starts to affect her personally. This sets the reader at something of a remove to the action and makes it difficult to really feel engaged with the story. I’m fascinated by the concept of Enhanced Memory as a parallel to social media: most people believe it’s benign and even beneficial (I use Facebook to keep in touch with distant friends and family!) but don’t see there’s a dark side until it touches them personally (have YOU lost someone to a rabbit hole of conspiracy theories?) And because of this, I think the story wraps up too neatly. Yes, Nova and Kade exposed that the makers of Enhanced Memory were doing terrible, illegal and non-consensual things to harvest memories of unwilling subjects. But I don’t believe that in and of itself would be enough to change things for the better in the way it’s ‘told’ to us happens in the last few pages of the book. EM is too recent an innovation: and memories being duplicable, even if the duplicates are less immersive than the original, there are too many living people with real memories they’d be more than willing to sell for a decent enough payout. The timeframes have been compressed for the sake of making Nova still a teenager, basically, and I don’t think it quite fits together. An intriguing concept, but an unreliable narrator and too much exposition along with timeframes that don’t quite gel means this one misses the mark somewhat. Three stars. Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stesha -

    Overall rating: 2.5/5 Short Chapter rating: 3/5 This book started out really interesting and I was intrigued by this idea of enhanced memories. It’s about Nova a 17 yr old whose parents invented the technology and she starts to feel very alone as her parents stop connecting with her, and she meets Kade who gets her thinking the enhanced memories are bad for you. As I think about this story, not a lot actually happens. It stays very surface level and didn’t get to the level of information needed to Overall rating: 2.5/5 Short Chapter rating: 3/5 This book started out really interesting and I was intrigued by this idea of enhanced memories. It’s about Nova a 17 yr old whose parents invented the technology and she starts to feel very alone as her parents stop connecting with her, and she meets Kade who gets her thinking the enhanced memories are bad for you. As I think about this story, not a lot actually happens. It stays very surface level and didn’t get to the level of information needed to make it great. I think had the author gone deeper into her parents or this company and created a true villain and more action (more suspense), I think it would have made the story stronger. I felt myself getting a bit bored. Even with all the details coming together in the last few chapters, it felt rushed and made it a bit chaotic. Unfortunately, it felt a bit flat for me. I would say it’s ok. Is this book for you? If you like YA, sci-fi/tech stories, then give this book a go. Thank you Net Galley for the advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kasey Giard

    I liked the concept of this book a lot-- the idea that you could basically have memories that never happened and that someone could use those false memories to harm others. I think the story made a good effort to show different facets to the issue, like preserving memories of dementia patients, or creating access to traditionally expensive experiences for people with varying income levels. It also looked a bit at what might happen to the economy in a world with that technology. I felt like Nova d I liked the concept of this book a lot-- the idea that you could basically have memories that never happened and that someone could use those false memories to harm others. I think the story made a good effort to show different facets to the issue, like preserving memories of dementia patients, or creating access to traditionally expensive experiences for people with varying income levels. It also looked a bit at what might happen to the economy in a world with that technology. I felt like Nova didn't really get her feet under her at a point in the story that I expected her to. She kind of stays in this sort of impulsive mode, sort of bumbling forward and hoping for the best. While that made sense for her as the kind of character she was, I think I just had a harder time connecting with her because of that. I think readers who like a sci fi world with a story centered on relationships could find lots to like here. Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Riann

    What an excellent read! I loved everything about this story from the characters, the plot, the setting, and the twists. Reading this novel really made me think about the importance of memory and how it helps to create one's identity. This book was very well done. What an excellent read! I loved everything about this story from the characters, the plot, the setting, and the twists. Reading this novel really made me think about the importance of memory and how it helps to create one's identity. This book was very well done.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    When Nova's parents created Enhanced Memory, a technology system that let people experience the memories of others as if they were their own, the world was irrevocably changed. Now people learn new skills with a single memory, or travel to faraway lands from the comfort of their own homes. In the two years since, Nova is certain that Enhanced Memory is a gift to the world. Her opinions begin to change, though, when she meets Kade, a vlogger who decries the recreational use of Enhanced Memory and When Nova's parents created Enhanced Memory, a technology system that let people experience the memories of others as if they were their own, the world was irrevocably changed. Now people learn new skills with a single memory, or travel to faraway lands from the comfort of their own homes. In the two years since, Nova is certain that Enhanced Memory is a gift to the world. Her opinions begin to change, though, when she meets Kade, a vlogger who decries the recreational use of Enhanced Memory and urges users to take caution. Suddenly, Nova's life seems to be falling apart: her parents are obsessed with memories, her friends don't think Enhanced Memory can be dangerous, and she's beginning to have strange headaches... There is one thing that I (usually) don't take relish in while review-writing, and it's giving bad reviews. I fully believe that every book has a reader somewhere, and acknowledge that authors often put their hearts and souls into their novels. But I don't have another way to say this without beating around the bush. This book is bad. I had high hopes for it when I requested an arc, and was excited when I was approved, but it didn't take me long to realize that if I didn't feel obligated to read this, I would've given up right away. 1 star. There are so many things I want to say, and so many half-formed thoughts that I want to share, yet I'm struggling to put them together in a cohesive, concise way. I guess the easiest way to do it would be to say: There was nothing particularly outstanding about Nova. Even as our sole narrator, Nova manages to be the very definition of bland. She has no discernable personality--everything that I might say about her is what she's told us about herself, instead of letting readers figure out who she is. Her actions don't match with the way she describes herself, and she's surprisingly and painfully ignorant, to the point of offense, in some cases. (Like someone saying that Enhanced Memory could be addictive, and she's like ???? "but it's not cocaine." Also, I'm paraphrasing.) Unfortunately, her supporting cast is no better. They're little more than amorphous cardboard blobs. Furthermore, the writing was just lacking for me. I couldn't help but feel like there was a serious lack of flow within the storyline. It is choppy and often hard to follow, with scenes that did not feel necessary. Nova's narration was awkward and inauthentic. Many conversations were excuses for info-dumping, or explaining seemingly obvious things to our clueless heroine. And, while I'm being nitpicky, there are way too many filler words. An example: "this is like ____ or something/anything.) I couldn't help but wonder if it was a result of the author trying to authenticate the teenage voice, but I must say that it was distracting. And lastly, it felt like the story didn't know what it wanted to be. Was it a low science fiction? Was it a psychological thriller? Did it want to produce dystopian vibes, or did it want to be more contemporary? The plot felt rather aimless, any twists could be seen a mile away, and the ending was rushed. (An aside, because I have to say this but don't know where to put it in this mess of a review: if it's only been two years since Enhanced Memory became a thing, why is everyone acting like they've never done anything remotely dangerous, like ice skate or go to a concert???) Of course, the version I read is still an arc, so some of these things may be improved upon or edited in that time frame. But at the same time, some of these things are going to be difficult if not impossible to edit in such a short time frame. I received my ARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to the publisher, Inkyard Press, for the chance to read and review. All opinions are my own. Publication date: 10.19.2021.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cassie Luellman

    2.5 Rtc *Thank you to Inkyard Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I didn't know what to expect when I started Lies My Memory Told Me but I did not anticipate finishing it in one sitting! I feel like this book's plot is something that's been done before, or it's something I've seen/thought of before . . . reading it was just as fun, though. There's really no action within this book, and that was a slight letdown in the grand scheme of things but it wasn't a complete dealbreaker either. We follow our main character as she goes about her days as the daughter of tw I didn't know what to expect when I started Lies My Memory Told Me but I did not anticipate finishing it in one sitting! I feel like this book's plot is something that's been done before, or it's something I've seen/thought of before . . . reading it was just as fun, though. There's really no action within this book, and that was a slight letdown in the grand scheme of things but it wasn't a complete dealbreaker either. We follow our main character as she goes about her days as the daughter of two scientists who created the next best thing . . . memory extracting and "sharing." I feel like a part of this story was also a question of morality. If this technology was readily available, knowing what it could do to our brains, etc. — would we still go through with it, for experiences that we gain from others? and what they're giving up when they give up these memories? This was a quick read with a lot of fun elements. A few flaws but easily overlooked. If you're interested in the concept of fake memories and questioning morality then by all means, pick up Lies My Memory Told Me and give it a go!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I was provided an ARC via Netgalley, all opinions are my own. I enjoyed this YA sci-fi thriller. The concept of this was really interesting. I really liked the Enhanced Memory idea where you can experience things you've always wanted to try, but were never able to for whatever reason from the comfort of your own home. It was a cool take on some tropes we've seen before in other books and movies. I think the concept of a virtual reality technology that you can get addicted to is a very real conver I was provided an ARC via Netgalley, all opinions are my own. I enjoyed this YA sci-fi thriller. The concept of this was really interesting. I really liked the Enhanced Memory idea where you can experience things you've always wanted to try, but were never able to for whatever reason from the comfort of your own home. It was a cool take on some tropes we've seen before in other books and movies. I think the concept of a virtual reality technology that you can get addicted to is a very real conversation, as tech gets more and more available we are always on it. I know it is a conversation we have in our house all the time. We are always on our devices for some reason school, work, leisure, etc. When is enough enough? How do you know if you are addicted or just using it to escape the stress of life? Can you tell the difference? This follows Nova, daughter of two prominent inventors who helped launch the Enhanced Memory technology. This technology has taken the world by storm providing people with experiences they may have never otherwise had. It also helps patients struggling with memory loss to preserve their memories before they are gone for good. Nova sees firsthand how the memories help the patients at the home she works at after school, however she also sees some of the effects the memories can have when they are used too often. She also discovers that there is a dark side to the memories, and they can be as addictive as getting your next hit of a drug. As she begins to uncover the darker side of Enhanced Memories through her new friend Kade, she realizes that her parents may be wrapped up in something ugly. Her parents become more and more neglectful and more protective of their work and the memories they bring home to test. She starts to realize that Kade may be onto something with his “make real memories” philosophy and that Enhanced Memories may not be 100% safe. I don’t want to give much more away as it will spoil key points of the story. At first I felt like Nova’s character development was a bit lacking, but as the story progressed, I realized that her character development was spot on. She was introverted and cautious throughout the story, but as things progressed she started to take more risks and come out of her shell a bit. After the reveal, which happens nearly at the end of the book, her character development makes a lot more sense. The development wasn’t lacking, she was looking for something that was missing. It takes her quite a while to figure things out, but once she does things start to fall into place and it all starts to come together. I felt like the pacing was off on this book, there is alot of explanation about why Enhanced Memory was so great, but you know something is off about it. Then the ending felt a bit rushed. The reveal and conclusion was only a few chapters and I felt like that could have been given a bit more time, We spend a lot of time going through Nova's day to day life in the beginning, but I wanted more of the action and suspense that came toward the end. This doesn’t really get into the hard science of how the technology works. The descriptions of the tech are all pretty high level, so this will appeal to a broad audience that enjoy both science fiction and thrillers. This is age appropriate for young adult readers, I think even mature middle grade readers would enjoy this. There is no graphic violence or sexual content. The main characters do kiss, and there is mention of pornography but it is not described in any detail and the conversation is quickly diverted away from that topic. If you don’t enjoy hard sci-fi but you enjoy a thriller that isn’t scary or creepy I’d give this a read. I would say if you liked Ready Player One, Warcross, Ender's Game I think you'd really enjoy this.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Raji

    Find this review and more on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own . Thank you to the publisher, Inkyard Press, and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nova is the daughter of two scientists who invented Enhanced Memory, a technology that has taken the world by storm and changed the lives of people everywhere. A form of memory sharing, it makes it possible to experience anything, from learning new skills, to traveling the world, to partaking in the Find this review and more on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own . Thank you to the publisher, Inkyard Press, and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nova is the daughter of two scientists who invented Enhanced Memory, a technology that has taken the world by storm and changed the lives of people everywhere. A form of memory sharing, it makes it possible to experience anything, from learning new skills, to traveling the world, to partaking in the most dangerous of adventure sports in a completely risk free manner. Nova has always considered it a gift that has made people’s lives better, until she meets Kade, a critic of the technology who claims that there are serious long term effects to using it. He runs a secret channel where he creates videos of real experiences and seems almost paranoid about staying under the radar. While Nova initially dismisses his words, the more she pays attention to things around her, they begin to feel out of place, as she begins to have a feeling that she has forgotten something very important. I’ve had this ARC for a couple of months now, and had set it aside to read closer to the release date, but I was pretty nervous to pick it up because of the mixed reviews I started to see. Having read this however, I’m quite confused about the lower ratings and negative reviews this is getting because I rather enjoyed it. The writing itself was average but the concept of Enhanced Memory was a fascinating one and I love reading about futuristic technology like this. But the more intriguing aspect of the story was the question of morality that hung over it all, making the reader question, right alongside Nova, how right was it to use this technology and how far were they willing to go to get the memories needed for it, particularly as she started to discover the shadier side of how it worked and what could be done with it. Nova was a good protagonist and seeing through her perspective how her thoughts on the EM technology change as she learns about how different each person’s experiences are was very interesting. Nova’s parents, on the other hand, didn’t feel like real characters at all, just people there for the purpose of the plot. I’m not sure how intentional it was, but this largely contributed to the ending falling flat, and a little more development on their arcs would have helped a lot. Admittedly, this was a little predictable after the 60% mark, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book at all. What didn’t work for me however, was how quickly everything was resolved in the end. It wasn’t a pacing issue since the same brisk narration was maintained right until the end, but revealing a conspiracy of the scale that it turned out to be should have been much harder than what Nova needed to do. Also, while it did tie up all the important points, I didn’t feel like it was a complete ending – an epilogue of some sort would have been a really good inclusion. Overall, this was a fun, fast-paced read with a unique story concept, appropriate for both middle grade and YA. It’s definitely a very different kind of novel, kind of a mix of a mystery and a psychological thriller, and if you’re a fan of either, I would definitely recommend this book!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I had really high hopes for Lies My Memory Told Me, but it fell a bit flat for me. The concept was fantastic and so unique, but I struggled with the pacing and the characters. The story revolves around Enhanced Memory, technology that allows you to experience someone else's memory. For example, if you want to know what skydiving is like but you're too scared to try it for yourself, you can live someone else's experience of it. It's all fun and no risk. Nova's parents invented this technology and I had really high hopes for Lies My Memory Told Me, but it fell a bit flat for me. The concept was fantastic and so unique, but I struggled with the pacing and the characters. The story revolves around Enhanced Memory, technology that allows you to experience someone else's memory. For example, if you want to know what skydiving is like but you're too scared to try it for yourself, you can live someone else's experience of it. It's all fun and no risk. Nova's parents invented this technology and while she's happy for them at first, they slowly become hooked on their own creation and neglect to look after Nova. When she meets Kade, a secret vlogger who is against enhanced memory and instead chooses real experiences, Nova begins to feel that there's something very wrong about Enhanced Memory and questions everything she knows about it. This is such a fascinating concept, but I struggled with the emphasis that was placed on people not wanting real experiences anymore. Sure, this technology could help a lot of people to preserve memories and go places they're not able to for whatever reason. However, there's some pretty simple and easy things people just don't want to do anymore because it's quicker to experience someone's memory of it and I find that very strange. I could definitely see this technology taking off, but I think people would still have their own real experiences too. One example in the book is ice skating! Skating rinks went bankrupt and closed down because no one wanted to try the real thing anymore. Same with clubs, no one wanted to drink alcohol! I was very doubtful of that happening because ice skating is so fun and I don't even need to say how many people drink and go clubbing. Another thing that bothered me was that people didn't hang out anymore, either. Nova meets up with her friend but rather than talking to each other, they pick separate memories and then off they go. I don't understand that at all because you're not even talking to each other. Wouldn't you miss friendships? There's so much in this story that I found baffling. In terms of plot, it's very slow and not a lot happens in the first half. All the action is left until the end so you have to push through a lot of repetition. Nova constantly questions what Enhanced Memory is and what it does. I'm sure that was for the benefit of the reader, but I thought it was the wrong person asking the questions. After all, Nova's parents invented it! Shouldn't she know what it can and can't do? Also, I struggled with the language. The same phrases, especially "I guess", are repeated over and over again, to the point where it became distracting and kept pulling me out of the story. Younger readers and those who like sci-fi thrillers will enjoy this story. I just wanted a more developed world and fleshed out characters. Even though I didn't enjoy it, I will keep an eye out for other books by Sacha Wunsch as I'd like to see what other ideas she has. *I received an ARC of this book for review.*

  20. 4 out of 5

    Liberty

    Before we get into the bulk of the review, I want to say a quick thank you to both NetGalley and the publishers over at Inkyard Press for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Lies My Memory Told Me is about a girl named Nova whose parents invented the technology of Enhanced Memories. With Enhanced Memories, you can experience skydiving or bungie jumping or any other number of exciting adventures without the risk. And as Nova’s parents sink deeper and deeper into EM addiction, she m Before we get into the bulk of the review, I want to say a quick thank you to both NetGalley and the publishers over at Inkyard Press for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Lies My Memory Told Me is about a girl named Nova whose parents invented the technology of Enhanced Memories. With Enhanced Memories, you can experience skydiving or bungie jumping or any other number of exciting adventures without the risk. And as Nova’s parents sink deeper and deeper into EM addiction, she meets a boy who wants to have real experiences again. As she gets to know Kade, he opens her eyes to a problem that just might be lurking inside her very own mind. This book comes out on October 19th and is available for pre-order now. That premise is what made me request the ARC. But I have to say that the execution wasn’t well done. The writing felt basic and juvenile. I know this is written with YA readers in mind, but I would have felt this way about the writing as a young adult myself. The book was also pretty repetitive and it got pretty old pretty fast. I know that Nova and Kade need to have conversations about their differing view points, but I feel like it can be done without arguing the same points over and over. It also felt like the plot was predictable. I knew pretty much the answer or the twist the whole time which made it a little less satisfying at the end. I did enjoy the technology and the whole premise of what that could turn the real would into. It felt a little like the tech from Hank Green’s A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor. And I like the idea of people wanting/needing an escape so badly that they lose sight of the real things that matter. This book also brings up questions of identity and the sense of self. I wish we could have gotten more of that from Nova as everything was unfolding. I did like the way it ended on the idea that people may say you only have two options from here, but Nova knows that there are really three and she chooses to take that third one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tessa Talks Books

    What I Loved I love the premise of Lies My Memory Told Me by Sacha Wunsch. Technology is rapidly changing and expanding, and people have become more and more reliant on it. A story about technology that lets you experience other people’s memories of places and activities doesn’t feel like that big of a stretch – just one or two steps past VR. I find this a very intriguing premise and loved exploring the downside to such technology. This very slow-burn sci-fi thriller could have been a dicey readin What I Loved I love the premise of Lies My Memory Told Me by Sacha Wunsch. Technology is rapidly changing and expanding, and people have become more and more reliant on it. A story about technology that lets you experience other people’s memories of places and activities doesn’t feel like that big of a stretch – just one or two steps past VR. I find this a very intriguing premise and loved exploring the downside to such technology. This very slow-burn sci-fi thriller could have been a dicey reading choice for me as I have found that my patience with slowly unfolding stories is often shorter than it takes for the story to pick up in intensity and pace. This almost happened to me while reading this book. Still, just as my interest in learning about this new technology started to wan, the mystery is brought to the foreground, and everything about the story ramps up from that point onward. The story is told in first-person narration through Nova, the daughter of the married couple who developed the EM (Enhanced Memory) technology. I loved that she is a teen who is not angsty or drama-ridden. This method of telling the tale is very effective as she is in the middle of all aspects of the story, including the many aspects of the technology. Third person narration would only have distracted the reader from many important nuances of the story. Characters Nova is well-developed and drives the story. She is afraid of so much and is so timid. I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for her and then rejoice when she starts taking chances and experiencing all that life offers. She grows exponentially as the story unfolds, and it is a remarkable thing to witness. What I Wish I would have loved more thrills from the beginning, but that’s a personal preference rather than a critique. I could see where this story could have been a jaw-dropping, action-packed thriller, but I also recognize that a change in approach would have changed the whole story in subtle and profound ways and respect the author’s choices. To Read or Not to Read If you are looking for a compelling sci-fi thriller that will make you look at technological advances in a new light, Lies My Memory Told Me is a book you will not want to miss.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jill Jemmett

    Nova’s parents invented Enhanced Memories, which is technology that allows you to instantly gain a memory, including learning a skill, traveling the world, or doing a dangerous activity. Now, people can live through risky activities, such as skydiving or doing drugs, without any dangerous consequences. Though Nova’s parents created Enhanced Memories, she doesn’t know the real impact of this technology on the world. Then, she meets Kade. Kade has an anonymous YouTube account where he does risky a Nova’s parents invented Enhanced Memories, which is technology that allows you to instantly gain a memory, including learning a skill, traveling the world, or doing a dangerous activity. Now, people can live through risky activities, such as skydiving or doing drugs, without any dangerous consequences. Though Nova’s parents created Enhanced Memories, she doesn’t know the real impact of this technology on the world. Then, she meets Kade. Kade has an anonymous YouTube account where he does risky activities that are now obsolete since people don’t have to do them to have the experience. Nova and Kade have different opinions on the effects of Enhanced Memory, but she is still drawn to him. When people start treating Nova differently, she starts her own research into what Enhanced Memories, and her parents, are really hiding from her. This story hooked me right from the start. Immediately, there were things in Nova’s life that didn’t make sense. When she was out with friends, there were people who would approach her, thinking she was someone else. Nova worked part-time in a nursing home with a memory care unit. There were some great practical uses of Enhanced Memory with those patients, since their memories could be saved before they were lost. However, as with all inventions that seem helpful at first, Enhanced Memory was used in harmful ways as well. Nova was a senior in high school, but the storyline about her school got lost throughout the book. The story focused more on her part time job and her social life. It would have made more sense to have that school storyline continue, since she was still a teenager. I also would have loved to see a longer ending where there was more closure. I really enjoyed this story, and I would love to see what happens next. Lies My Memory Told Me was a great new YA contemporary novel! Thank you Inkyard Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Lies My Memory Told Me is an interesting techno-mystery-suspense-thriller mix. Nova's parents invented a technology called Enhanced Memories which enables people to access someone else's memories. This allows them to learn new skills, travel, have adventures, and a wide variety of other uses without leaving their current location and at no risk to themselves. You can also have your memories saved so they are always accessible. Use of Enhanced Memories has taken off like wild-fire, with an ever gr Lies My Memory Told Me is an interesting techno-mystery-suspense-thriller mix. Nova's parents invented a technology called Enhanced Memories which enables people to access someone else's memories. This allows them to learn new skills, travel, have adventures, and a wide variety of other uses without leaving their current location and at no risk to themselves. You can also have your memories saved so they are always accessible. Use of Enhanced Memories has taken off like wild-fire, with an ever growing number of people spending more and more of their time using the technology. Nova, a teenager, enjoys using Enhanced Memories as entertainment herself, but her enthusiasm dims as her parents continue to spend the majority of their time on or using the technology, spending little time with and barely acknowledging Nova. She meets a boy who is strongly opposed to the technology, calling it dangerous. How can that be? What do you mean? The more they talk, the more questions Nova has about it all. Is there truth to what her new friend is saying? With her parents becoming more disengaged with real life and acting stranger as time goe on, Nova sets out to learn the truth behind Enhanced Memories. Is the technology as risk free as it is advertised? Can Nova find the answers she's looking for without putting herself and others in danger? I'm not sure what the intended audience for this book is meant to be, but I think it would be a hit with middle-schoolers and teens. Doesn't quite check all the boxes for this adult reader, but it was still an entertaining read. My thanks to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for allowing me to access an ARC of this novel which is scheduled to be published on 10/19/21. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are freely given.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Set in a sort-of-dystopian near future, Lies My Memory Told Me follows Nova, whose parents created technology that allows people to immerse themselves Enhanced Memories - I envisioned it as kind of like virtual reality, but you’re experiencing real memories and have no control over what “you” do during the memory. Nova is proud of her parents and the technology they’ve created, and all seems well -- until she meets Kade, who is opposed to EM and has an anonymous video channel where he highlights Set in a sort-of-dystopian near future, Lies My Memory Told Me follows Nova, whose parents created technology that allows people to immerse themselves Enhanced Memories - I envisioned it as kind of like virtual reality, but you’re experiencing real memories and have no control over what “you” do during the memory. Nova is proud of her parents and the technology they’ve created, and all seems well -- until she meets Kade, who is opposed to EM and has an anonymous video channel where he highlights real experiences, like skydiving or ice skating or any of the things people now find too dangerous to engage in. Her relationship with Kade causes her to question just how EM technology impacts society as a whole as well as individuals. I was intrigued by this concept, and the book does pose interesting questions about what can be done when technology goes “too far.” However, overall the book fell a bit flat for me. I couldn’t really connect with any of the characters, and at times the foreshadowing was so blatant and overpowering that you knew well in advance what was going to happen or what a plot point would be in the future. I think this might be an instance where a younger YA reader would enjoy this more than I did. Lies My Memory Told Me is a really intriguing thought experiment that raises interesting questions about whether and when the use of technology can be to the detriment of society, and what we can do to stop it from running amok. This would be a good one to put in the hands of younger YA readers and those transitioning from middle grade to young adult. Rating: 3 stars **Disclosure: I received an eARC of the book from the publisher for purposes of this blog tour. This review is voluntary on my part and reflects my honest rating and review of the book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    Are you in the mood for a new psychological thriller? I know I have been looking for a good one recently, which led me to Lies My Memory Told Me, written by Sacha Wunsch. Every day new technologies arrive and change the world as we know it. The latest change came from Enhanced Memory, where people can share their memories with one another. It has allowed for an unprecedented level of sharing and exploration. Yet, it comes at a cost. At first, Nova was willing to overlook the costs of her parent Are you in the mood for a new psychological thriller? I know I have been looking for a good one recently, which led me to Lies My Memory Told Me, written by Sacha Wunsch. Every day new technologies arrive and change the world as we know it. The latest change came from Enhanced Memory, where people can share their memories with one another. It has allowed for an unprecedented level of sharing and exploration. Yet, it comes at a cost. At first, Nova was willing to overlook the costs of her parent's invention, but once Kade opened her eyes, she couldn't stop seeing the warning signs. Now she's struggling to find the truth and can't help but feel like she's forgetting something important... As I mentioned earlier, Lies My Memory Told Me is an ideal book for scratching that craving for a psychological thriller. It didn't end up as dark as I expected – surprising, given the hints of memory and loss. However, it did keep me occupied the whole way through, so I can hardly complain about that! In fact, it was almost refreshing. Lies My Memory Told Me dealt with some unique, fascinating, and complex concepts. Yet, it does so in reasonably approachable ways. I think that more backstory on Kade and Nova could have been helpful, as I never really felt a genuine connection to their characters. Though maybe that was just the mood I was in? Sometimes it can be difficult to tell. On the bright side, the second half of the novel made up for that lack of connection tenfold. There's so much going on, and it was more than enough to keep my brain busy, especially as new ideas got added into the mix! Thanks to Inkyard and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own. Read more reviews over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  26. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Adamson Stars in Her Eye

    Lie My Memory Told Me Fans of Don't Look Deeper will love this similar sci-fi mystery in book form. Nova's parents created Enhanced Memory, a new technology taking the world by storm. Special disks share someone else’s memory, and the watcher can fully experience anything without any harm to their selves. As it becomes more and more popular, Nova's parents become more and unreachable as they disappear into their EM Machines. One day, Nova meets Kade a boy who calls her by the wrong name and likes Lie My Memory Told Me Fans of Don't Look Deeper will love this similar sci-fi mystery in book form. Nova's parents created Enhanced Memory, a new technology taking the world by storm. Special disks share someone else’s memory, and the watcher can fully experience anything without any harm to their selves. As it becomes more and more popular, Nova's parents become more and unreachable as they disappear into their EM Machines. One day, Nova meets Kade a boy who calls her by the wrong name and likes to have real experiences instead of fake memories. This is the event that starts to truly change her life. EM isn't as benign as they appear neither is Nova's life. I enjoyed the mystery setup for Nova. I had an idea even before the novel laid Nova's twist before us, but that made me love it more. The author had set up for the outcome and left bread crumbs along the way. You feel felt like a detective instead of just being along for the ride. The story itself is great sci-fi. It tells you a lot about current life through the lens of fantasy. The moral implications of Enhanced Memories aren't cut and dry. The book looks at the good this technology does. But it also critiques how it could harm society. This complexity gives the book a richness that is transparent and makes you think Repetition slowed down some as the book went along. Filling space instead of keeping the atmosphere taunt. This, luckily, gets better about halfway through the book I believe. The ending is too quick. The epilogue hurries along with the story. Typically I get tired of franchises, but there is so much here that Sacha Wunsch could have dived into. I wish the epilogue had been a sequel and we saw more in real-time what happens to Nova and the company that makes EMs. I received an ARC from the publisher; all opinions are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    M. K. French

    Enhanced Memory, developed by Nova's parents, allow people to learn new skills almost instantly, travel the world, share memories, and learn anything. Nova feels this is a gift, even as Kade vlogs about the dangers of Enhanced Memory. He's afraid of her, though she's most comfortable with him, and over time Nova realizes that people won't meet her eyes, no one wants her to ask questions, and she has the nagging feeling that she's forgotten something. It's a fascinating concept, and of course soon Enhanced Memory, developed by Nova's parents, allow people to learn new skills almost instantly, travel the world, share memories, and learn anything. Nova feels this is a gift, even as Kade vlogs about the dangers of Enhanced Memory. He's afraid of her, though she's most comfortable with him, and over time Nova realizes that people won't meet her eyes, no one wants her to ask questions, and she has the nagging feeling that she's forgotten something. It's a fascinating concept, and of course soon after we're introduced to it via Nova in the prologue. Of course, its benefits include learning new information or skills and safely experiencing things. There's so much stress on the benefits of using EM, but we see how much time her parents are absorbed in its development, and then the possibility of addiction is brought up. We also see how people aren't trying to develop new memories or experience the real world for themselves anymore. There's such fear of getting hurt, of experiencing loss, or fear or pain. As the novel progresses, the mystery surrounding Kade's fears, her parents' behavior, and Nova's exposure to EM deepens. It's fascinating, and we really see the consequences of new technology as it evolves faster than people realize or laws can regulate. On top of that, Nova's own memory is suspect, and Kade isn't as unnecessarily paranoid as he seemed at first. I was drawn into the second half of the book especially because of this and loved how all the threads were neatly tied together at the end. This is a great book and really makes you think about memory, experience, and what matters most in life.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Inkedinpages

    Brief Synopsis: Nova is not your typical teenager. She is the only child of two very important tech geniuses who have invented a way for people to access other people's memories and experience things they might never experience. This new technology, known as Enhanced Memories, has "taken the world by storm" with new ways to help those with memory loss hold on to their most cherished experiences, safer ways to experience things, and more. But, there is always a downside, and Nova is about to find Brief Synopsis: Nova is not your typical teenager. She is the only child of two very important tech geniuses who have invented a way for people to access other people's memories and experience things they might never experience. This new technology, known as Enhanced Memories, has "taken the world by storm" with new ways to help those with memory loss hold on to their most cherished experiences, safer ways to experience things, and more. But, there is always a downside, and Nova is about to find out the darker side of EM. The premise of this book is absolutely fascinating. As a mental health clinician who has seen the impact that Virtual Reality has had on treating a variety of different mental health disorders, I was immediately drawn to the idea of Wunsch's "enhanced memories". Oh, the promise this book had for me. The promise of what could have been and the reality of how flat this book really fell for me are two starkly different things. There were so many times I wanted to DNF this book but kept on going hoping for the moment that would make it all worth it. It never came. Kade and Nova's relationship seemingly comes out of nowhere and the readers are led to believe that it's deep and powerful. At one point, after little to no build up, Kade says something along the lines of, "that's the problem, I just can't stay away from you." Seriously?! Ugh. I must admit, the parallel's drawn between people's addiction to EM and how quickly the world turns a blind eye to the negative impacts of the advancement of technology are really great. The messaging and the theme were there, it just didn't land.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Tell

    I really enjoyed this book! First of all, it was something different. And that can be very hard to find - so I am giving bonus points for that. Second, it was really interesting. I started thinking about things like "what if this was real?" :are people working on this technology now? If this was available, would it take over much as the way social media has taken over our lives. I love books that make me think and I can apply to my life. Third, I thought the writing and world building was really I really enjoyed this book! First of all, it was something different. And that can be very hard to find - so I am giving bonus points for that. Second, it was really interesting. I started thinking about things like "what if this was real?" :are people working on this technology now? If this was available, would it take over much as the way social media has taken over our lives. I love books that make me think and I can apply to my life. Third, I thought the writing and world building was really good. I could picture it all in my head and thought it would make a great move. Sounds like we are on the way to 5 stars, right?... But wait.. I thought the parents were a little on dimensional - almost like a characture. I would have liked for them to be fleshed out more and maybe we could have seen more of their progression. It started out like one book and I was really interested and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. But the last half of the book felt like a different kind of book. The first half was more about the people, and the second half felt more like a "techno thriller". (LOVED the first half, liked the second half) However, again, bonus points for writing something different and fresh.. Thank you to the author, the publisher and #netgalley for the ARC which did not impact my review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Lies My Memory Told Me is a dystopian YA novel with a focus in the concept of Enhanced Memory: the ability to share a person's memories and their experiences seemingly without any of the potential risks. Nova's parents invented the Enhanced Memory, and she and the rest of the world are becoming more and more reliant on the technology. When Nova meets Kade, a strong critic of Enhanced Memory that tries to stay under the radar, Nova is forced to confront the downsides of Enhanced Memory and the na Lies My Memory Told Me is a dystopian YA novel with a focus in the concept of Enhanced Memory: the ability to share a person's memories and their experiences seemingly without any of the potential risks. Nova's parents invented the Enhanced Memory, and she and the rest of the world are becoming more and more reliant on the technology. When Nova meets Kade, a strong critic of Enhanced Memory that tries to stay under the radar, Nova is forced to confront the downsides of Enhanced Memory and the nagging feeling of something she is missing. I'm pretty surprised at the number of negative reviews of this book. I found Lies My Memory Told Me to be a fast paced read that kept me interested for basically the entire story. I had major Minority Report/Matrix/Circle vibes throughout the book, and looked forward to what was lurking around each corner. Nova is a good main character, and her experiences with Enhanced Memory and those around her are ever-changing in each chapter. The twist is pretty unique, and will leave the reader questioning the characters' values as it is not straightforward. Give Lies My Memory Told Me a chance if you are interested in psychological thrillers or are looking for a different kind if YA book. Thanks to Netgalley and Inkyard Press for this ARC; this is my honest and voluntary review.

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