The Memory Key by Liana Liu

Disclaimer: I received this ARC for free from the publisher Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. However, this fact does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In a five-minutes-into-the-future world, a bereaved daughter must choose between losing memories of her mother to the haze of time and the reality-distorting, visceral pain of complete, perfect recall.

Lora Mint is determined not to forget.

Though her mother’s been dead for five years, Lora struggles to remember every detail about her—most importantly, the specific events that occurred the night she sped off in her car, never to return.

But in a world ravaged by Vergets disease, a viral form of Alzheimer’s, that isn’t easy. Usually Lora is aided by her memory key, a standard-issue chip embedded in her brain that preserves memories just the way a human brain would. Then a minor accident damages Lora’s key, and her memories go haywire. Suddenly Lora remembers a moment from the night of her mother’s disappearance that indicates her death was no accident. Can she trust these formerly forgotten memories? Or is her ability to remember every painful part of her past driving her slowly mad—burying the truth forever?

Lora’s longing for her lost mother and journey to patch up her broken memories is filled with authentic and poignant emotion. Her race to uncover the truth is a twisty ride. In the end, Liana Liu’s story will spark topical conversations about memory and privacy in a world that is reliant on increasingly invasive forms of technology.

Source: Goodreads

My thoughts:

I was so intrigued by the sound of this book because as you might know I really love sci-fi books and since the summary sounded so good, I had high hopes for The Memory Key.

Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. I just didn’t care about the main character because I couldn’t connect with her. She was too annoying and childish for my taste. She didn’t speak her mind and constantly complained about things but didn’t do much to change them. The romance (if you can call it that way) was so disappointing that I lost interest in the main protagonists really fast.

The plot wasn’t that bad and I wanted to find out what happened to Lora’s mother but when we finally did find out about it I wasn’t shocked or surprised as I should have been. I didn’t like her mother at all and I didn’t like the relationship between Lora’s family members either. Everything seemed so cold between them and I just couldn’t connect with anyone.

The only thing I liked about The Memory Key was the whole idea of the memory keys and the world building.

Other than that I was disappointed by this novel because I just wasn’t emotionally invested in the characters or the story.

My rating:

2.5 out of 5 stars

Note: I would like to thank Harper Collins for sending me this review copy!



One thought on “The Memory Key by Liana Liu

  1. Oh man, this one does sound like it would be such a great read. The premise sounds very very intriguing. Sorry you couldn’t connect with the main character. I hate when that happens. 😦 At least you gave it a try.

    Great review though!


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