Lies My Memory Told Me
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…
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.