Memory Chronicles #1
by Lenore Appelhans
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 15, 2013)
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Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (January 22, 2013)
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In this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning.
Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost—family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.
Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian—a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life—comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.
Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.
At a Glance:
This book seriously surprised me, and kind of broke my brain. I expected a light read without too much substance, but what I got was a Matrix-y, complex, mind scrambler that I thoroughly enjoyed. This is the afterlife like I've never heard of before.
I started reading this book, then received the audio. After I started listening, I completely dropped reading it myself, in favor of listening to Jenna Lamia read it to me. She was fantastic. Listening Library did an incredible job of finding someone who actually sounded like she could be a teenage girl, which is awesome since it's told in first person. Her voices for the other characters, including the boys, were great too. I easily got lost in the story, and I'm glad I got the chance to listen to this one! Listen to a sample here!
I love the cover! It's so sci-fi-ish and the all-white background gives it an afterlife feel. Perfect!
Yes! There's plenty of action in Level 2. There are interesting and mysterious characters that are constantly trying to get their clutches on Felicia. It's not too intense, but it keeps things interesting!
What was interesting about this romance was that there were different levels. It was kind-of a love triangle, but kind-of not. Felicia relives memories of her life, and at different times she has relationships with two different guys. These relationships then come into play in the afterlife, so it's a constantly changing romance, and I really liked it.
Felicia was a likeable heroine. There wasn't anything amazing about her, but she was very girl-next-door-ish and I enjoyed reading about her.
Hmmm....who is the hero? I'd say Julian is the perfect Anti-hero, and Neil is just a little too perfect. Neil was so sweet and kind, but there's just something about that bad-boy Julian.....
Favorite Supporting Character:
I think it was Mira. I liked her confidence and fierceness, oh, and I liked the voice Jenna Lamia used for her. Such a great accent!
Something I loved:
It's hard to explain, but I loved the way that the book felt like a sci-fi/dystopian, but then suddenly, when she visited her memories, it felt like a contemp. Usually when a book switches back and forth from one perspective to another, or one story to another, I find myself slogging through one of the perspectives, just waiting to get back to the other. In this book, however, I loved both aspects, and would get completely lost in both sides. Awesome.
Something(s) I hated:
That I didn't hate Julian. I should hate him, right?
Though this story isn't over, this book was resolved fairly well. This is my favorite type of series, when there's resolution at the end of each book, and an overall arc that continues.
Would I recommend it?
Most definitely! And I think contemp and sci-fi/dystopian lovers will enjoy it! That's quite a feat!
Will I buy/keep it?
I will be keeping the audio, and my ARC! :D
The Matrix, Minority Report by Philip K Dick, Crewel by Gennifer Albin
- Profanity: Mild
- Sexual Content: Moderate
- Violence: Moderate
- Other Notables: Teenage drunkenness (in Germany), lots of religious talk/questioning