It’s my stop on the blog tour for The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy, a YA fantasy debut that came out earlier in October. In this fantasy world, memories are used as a currency, and are bartered, traded, and sometimes stolen. I had a lot of fun reading this one, and I’m excited to share my thoughts (and a giveaway!) with you. You can view the full tour schedule here to check out posts from the other tour hosts! I obviously received The Memory Thief for free in exchange for an honest review.
Apparently I’m a masive sucker for anything to do with weird currency or transactions, because as soon as I heard about The Memory Thief I was comparing to Everless and I was getting really excited. The concept of memories being sold, traded, and stolen is a fantastic idea, and also mildly terrifying.
I think some people have complained about the world building in this one, as it’s very rich and, yes, slightly info-dumpy. The reader is thrown into it in the beginning of the book, and to be honest the pacing of this information being thrown at you doesn’t really let up. That said, I did get used to it, and eventually I learnt the terminology that the author was using and figured out what she was talking about when it came to the history and politics of the world.
I thought that overall the world building was very well developed, and the author clearly put a lot of thought into it. I think turning this into a longer fantasy book would have worked better, because I feel like The Memory Thief suffered due to its short length.
That said, the length did make for a very past read. I flew through this one in just a couple of sittings, which is unusual for me when it comes to fantasy. I just wish that the plot had been more developed, as it felt very crammed in and rushed. I would have liked to have had more time taken with it to properly develop the plot, the world, and the characters.
I really liked the twists that were thrown in there. I didn’t care enough for the characters to become emotionally invested in them, but I did really enjoy the plot twists that came out of their interactions and relationships. They were a lot of fun and made me smile.
I think what the book was really missing was a lack of emotional connection. I enjoyed the ride and the world building, but more of a connection to the characters would have made me enjoy the whole book a lot more, particularly the ending.
Overall The Memory Thief is a really fun fantasy book, and the concept was definitely intriguing. I think it’s probably more suited to slightly younger teenagers, and I think lots of people would enjoy the fast paced plot!
About the Author
Lauren lives in the Chicago area, where she’s spent years working with youth, from young children to high schoolers. When she’s not writing, Lauren is usually with her family or exploring the city to find the best deep dish pizza. The Memory Thief, which was inspired by Lauren’s own journey with her mother, is her first novel. Find her on her website, Twitter, and Instagram.