But on the same day Mal learns his brother has disappeared, Laura discovers her parents have forgotten her. Both begin a search for their families that leads them to the same truth: someone or something has wiped the teens from the memories of every person they have ever known. Thrown together, Mal and Laura must find common ground as they attempt to reclaim their pasts.
I had a really hard time writing this review. This book was a little strange for me, so it’s probably just not my cup of tea. It was a little too Matrix-y, even though it wasn't The Matrix at all. I loved some of the ideas and concepts, but much of it felt heavy-handed.
The beginning is really slow. It takes two thirds of the book to find out even an inkling of what's going on. And when we finally learn it, I only halfway believed it. I believed in the underlying concept, but not the execution. It's interesting to ponder as a possibility, but trying to make it reality was too far-fetched for me.
There is a lot of stuff going on here. A zillion things were introduced, but not really explored. I was hoping for more depth and less breadth. The POV was also clunky. It dives in and out of characters heads quickly, and the characters’ voices weren’t distinctive enough, so I didn’t always know who was speaking. It often took some re-reading and thinking to figure it out.
The end is either set up for a possible sequel, or to show that the enemy will never go away entirely. I'm thinking it's the latter, which is interesting in and of itself, but I wish the concept had been executed more effectively.