ARC Review: False Sight by Dan Krokos

Book Review - False Sight by Dan Krokos
ARC Review: False Sight by Dan Krokos

False Sight

Written by Dan Krokos
(Disney Hyperion - 8/13/2013)
Series: False Memory #2
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: ARC (328 pages)
Source: Library of Magan Bagan
Rating: 4 Stars

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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?

Dan Krokos's sequel to the tour de force False Memory is a mind-blowing thriller with high-octane action that will leave readers begging for the final book in this bold and powerful trilogy.

My Thoughts

Remember when I read False Memory in one sitting? Yes, well, the same thing happened to me with False Sight. I picked up the book and started reading, and before I knew it I was approaching the end! What is it about the False Memory series — no, what is it about Dan Krokos’s writing — that makes me gobble down the books without stopping?

I swear, it’s like he’s got this formula down and knows how to pull the strings to keep my eyes on the pages.

  • The book starts with an uncomfortable, somewhat urgent mystery, and even though the initial setting in False Sight was unfamiliar, I was very quickly brought around to the OMG phase that got me hooked.
  • There is lots of action, and I was often left breathless trying to keep up, dying to see where Miranda and the others would end up (and what awaited them when they got there).
  • The narration is familiar, comfortable, and interesting. Miranda feels like she could be one of my friends. She’s curious, strong, and willing to fight for what she wants and believes.
  • There were surprises awaiting me around so many corners. I love that every time I got comfortable with the lore and technology in the world, something new popped up. I still can’t get over how cool it is that their suits are magnetic and she can just stick her sword on her back!

Look, I don’t really know if this even counts as a review or just me listing the reasons I loved this book. The point is, False Sight was an excellent follow-up to False Memory and I was truly impressed by the increase in scale here. Things became even more urgent, the conflicts grew much bigger than I expected, the technology got even more awesome, and I was even more caught up in it all than I thought I would be.

The Planet Thieves may have turned me into a Dan Krokos fan, but False Sight has confirmed that with great accord.

[NOTE: I read this book as an ARC, borrowed from my sister, who receives many, many awesome things in her mailbox.]

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  1. I read some mixed reviews for FALSE MEMORY, so that book wasn’t too high up on my list. It always surprises me (I’m such a pessimist) when a sequel impresses someone, though! I loved how the start of this book sounds: urgently mysterious. Honestly, any writer who can start off a book like that should be handed an award, because it’s really not that easy to pull off.

    Well, this certainly made me a lot more interested to read the first book, so thank you! Awesome review as always, Kelley!

    • Yes, I’m serious, Megan. Dan Krokos is SO good at starting a book off with a mystery! I haven’t seen any neg reviews of False Memory, but I guess there’s pretty much mixed reviews on every book, lol.

      With False Sight, it definitely surprised me, and at first I was kind of shocked because it went in directions that I really wasn’t expecting. It felt like this… whole different series to me after that. But then I decided I *liked* where it went, so it was all good.

      But if you’re still not sure about this series, then try out The Planet Thieves for a nice dose of Dan Krokos action! :D

  2. I need to read this series, it sounds so interesting. I love sci-fi! lol I’m glad you enjoy these so much. I haven’t really seen anything negative about the first book at least, so it sounds like I should be checking it out.

    I also haven’t read the other series by the author. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of it though!

    Great review Kelley! (Even if you feel it doesn’t count as a review, it definitely does ;) I love fan girl-ing reviews :P)

  3. Oh man. It sounds like I really need to put False Memory on my short list (which is becoming not so short). It’s pretty awesome you seem to like the sequel even more, or that it at least kept you as interested as the first. That seems so hard to do!

  4. This author’s name sounded so familiar that I had to check Goodreads to make sure I haven’t read anything by him before. Nope, I haven’t. I must just remember it from reading reviews (like yours)?! Still, sounds like he knows how to write an engaging and entertaining book! I’m really curious, is there a certain reason why you took off a star? Just because you weren’t loving it or did something stand out? (I know, totally random, but I get so curious when I see someone hasn’t given a book five stars but doesn’t explicitly state why.) Either way, glad you enjoyed this one so much! Hopefully the next book is just as good, if you decide to continue reading (which I can’t see why you wouldn’t :P)

    • Hmm, you know, I ask myself that question often when I decide ratings. Why am I choosing 3 stars instead of 4 stars? Why am I choosing 4 stars instead of 5? I’ve often wondered if my reviews+ratings are confusing to other people because I do tend to rave about 4-star books and don’t have many complaints. >_>

      For me, it didn’t feel like “taking off a star” though. I guess the way I rate, it’s like a book has to *earn* that 5th star. Like, it has to just capture me and wrap me up in its arms until I’m out of breath with love for it. And often it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what pushed a book over the edge, you know? Like, I just finished reading Feed and I was like.. feeling SO MANY FEELINGS in the last 1/5 of it… and omg I was CRYING at the end. Like. OMG. But still, I rated it 4 stars instead of 5 (and still kinda debating with myself about it).

      I mean, I guess there’s a difference between an entertaining / heart-wrenching book and a book that makes me want to dance around singing because I loved it so much? Err… Am I making any sense?

      • Makes total sense. I actually sometimes feel like I need an extra category just for this. Like instead of five stars for blowing me away have something above that for those special books that earn it. A Monster Calls is the only book that would have reached that level for me so far this year. And people would probably think I’m unreasonably harsh if I only ever rated one book five stars, haha. I totally understand the difference though and think it’s smart! Was just curious since I do it differently ;)

        PS. Did you install an automatic email notification for comment replies? Interesting. Very interesting :P

        • Yeah, I think that’s why Kristilyn at Reading in Winter has the 5+ and 5++ options her rating scale, so she can go above and beyond those 5 stars. I actually really like that she does that, but for some reason it never occurred to me to do it myself!

          And yes, I did install auto-email notification. I’ve had the plugin for weeks and only today realized that I hadn’t enabled it yet. Is it annoying you? Should I turn it off?? =/

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