July 30, 2013

Latest Read: False Sight

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False Sight (False Memory, #2) by Dan Krokos
Publication date: Aug. 13, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Category: Young Adult - Science Fiction
Source: Received ARC at BEA (Thanks!)

Summary: All Miranda wants is a normal life. She's determined to move past the horrible truth of her origin as a clone so she can enjoy time with her boyfriend, Peter, and the rest of her friends at school. But Miranda quickly learns that there's no such thing as normal - not for a girl who was raised to be a weapon. When one of her teammates turns rogue, it begins a war that puts the world in jeopardy. Now Miranda must follow her instincts - not her heart - in order to save everything she's fought so hard to keep. with the image of a terrible future seared into her mind, what will she have to sacrifice to protect the people she loves? (Adapted goodreads.com)
My thoughts…
The good: If False Memory was fast-paced, then False Sight was fast-paced times two plus a couple whaaaat? moments thrown in for good measure. It was non-stop action and while that might not work for everyone, it worked for me. The way I saw it was - I know these characters, I already know Miranda is a kickass heroine. So.. let's just get right down to it and figure out who these creators are and what their ultimate goal is.

False Sight picks up shortly after its predecessor and for a split second, we get to watch Miranda, Peter, Noah, Rhys and Sequel (the Miranda clone saved in False Memory) try to live normal lives. Then one of Miranda's own team members turns against them and the consequences are pretty freaking shocking. But it sets Miranda and the rest of them on an inevitable journey which reveals the answers of their origins and intended purpose.

The highlight of the book though was Miranda because I felt like we got to know her at a much deeper level this time around. She didn't ask to be a clone or to be trained as a soldier but she can't change what's been done. There was just a more vulnerable side to her that we didn't get to see before. She admits to having "normal" dreams like getting a job and getting married. There's also less uncertainty between her and Peter and more longing, but there's still that urge to be fighters first and a couple second.

(Some) reservations: The second book takes an interesting turn story-wise. I had been prepared to get answers and while I definitely got them, they weren't the answers I expected. It's hard to say without spoiling the twist but it was one of the "what just happened here?" moments I mentioned earlier. I can't say I loved the reveal though. The direction of the world-building and mythology of the clones' origins were just a bit hard for me to visualize and at times overwhelmed the story.

Do I recommend?: If you're a fan of the series, it's a decent follow-up and while I didn't love it as much as the first book, the ending still made my jaw drop. I'm very curious to see where Dan Krokos takes his characters next.

Happy reading!

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