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Young Adult Fiction 1406
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What I Loved: In Lies my Memory Told Me, Nova is the daughter of the people who created Enhanced Memory. EM Technology allows a person to get first-hand knowledge and experiences without any risk or time. While all news articles give rave reviews and everything is new and shiny about the technology, Nova is starting to see the cracks the technology craze is creating in her life. No one travels or does anything potentially dangerous or hard because they can use an enhanced memory and instantly feel like they were there. This is starting to put many local entertainment and travel businesses out of work. Her parents are consumed in their work and start forgetting about her and dropping their connection to her. Then she meets Kade who admits that he was once so addicted that it took over his life and he started lying just to get his next fix.
What is so compelling about this story is how much it parallels smartphone technology and how as a society we weren’t prepared for the ramifications of total access. EM technology is changing society, economy, and relationships. Nova is given an “easy” assignment to use her imagination and realizes that the ability to use EM whenever she is bored makes using her imagination tough. With so many experiences at her fingertips, she wrestles with why she would want to spend time making it up?
The more cracks she sees the more apparent it becomes that people like Kade who still make real memories are a hot commodity and in danger. There is also a surprising discovery she makes about her history with EM and how extractions work.
What Left Me Wanting More: The big reveal about Nova’s past was intriguing, but almost a side note at the end. The ending was realistic and well done. I do wish Kade had gotten more help to keep their relationship on the same trajectory it had been on.
Final Verdict: Fans of FEED will love this near-future story. There are so many opportunities for deep discussions that would make it great as a book club pick. It was just a likely enough scenario to make a reader shiver just a bit at the implications of technology on the human experience.
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