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Blog Tour: The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

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Another blog tour you say? And for a book with such a pretty cover, how could I say no?

The Memory Thief

Title: The Memory Thief
Author: Lauren Mansy
Pages: 368
Publication Date: 1st October 2019
Publisher: Blink

Synopsis:

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 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 prove her allegiance to the Shadows and rescue her mother, Etta must steal a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world.

Fantasy city with a despotic ruler where memories are exchanged, stolen, used to torture and used as currency? Yes please.

A young girl suffering because of a mistake that she made, caught between a rebel group and forced loyalty, all to save someone else? Excellent.

Road trip with someone frustratingly good, wholesome and deadly, who only wants to look out for the MC as she quests to find a map, to find a maze, to find the one person who can overthrow the mad ruler, who the MC may or may not have betrayed years ago? Sounds like a story with the potential for a solid YA adventure.

Unfortunately, despite promising a lot of excellent themes, this book just couldn’t deliver for me. The memory exchanging/thieving was a lot of fun, and presented a lot of interesting ideas and ways of developing the story, which gave the bones for an excellent and exciting world.

But it was the characters that I found the hardest to understand. One moment they had their hands at each others’ throats, and for good reason, but within a few sentences they had apparently ‘forgiven’ these terrible past actions.

So I suppose it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that the MC and the main boy were already imagining kissing each other within 24 hours of knowing each other – this was so much more toned down that my criticisms of books like Shatter Me, but it still made me cringe.

The pacing of the second half became a little absurd too – in the first half the story was there, everything was set up and it was clear what the challenges would be. You knew what was coming and the question was how the protagonists would overcome those challenges.

The author then tipped those upside and POWERED THROUGH the final third, as though it had been too complicated to actually commit to everything else that had been set up, including adding closeness between characters that could never have existed without some major personality changes, or erasing of the past. I like a good twist, but not when it feels limp.

This also meant that that final third of the story really suffered from telling, rather than showing. I would have gladly read a longer book if that would have enabled Mansy to tell the story that this book had promised.

This is a book with a great cover and a great story to tell, but it didn’t quite manage to hit the mark for me. There was so much that I wanted to like, but also a fair amount that I couldn’t.

3 stars.

Thanks to the Fantastic Flying Book Club for including me in the blog tour, and to Blink for an ARC of The Memory Thief.

 

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