I received this book for review from the lovely people at Hot Key Books! Thank you to them for letting me review such an exciting story!
Title: The Memory Keepers
Author: Natasha Ngan
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published: September 4th 2014
No. of Pages: 410
"No one can take your memories from you... can they?"
Seven is a thief with a difference - he steals downloadable memories from banks and memoriums to sell onto London's black market, trading secrets and hidden pasts for a chance at a future of his own. He makes sure he keeps some special stuff back to 'surf' himself though - it's the only real form of entertainment he can afford. But one night, as Seven is breaking into a private memorium in a wealthy part of London, he is caught in the act by one of its residents; Alba, the teenage daughter of London's most famous criminal prosecutor. Instead of giving him away, Alba promises to keep Seven's secret - as long as he allows her to go memory-surfing herself. In doing so, they discover a hidden memory about Seven's past, revealing a shocking secret about Seven's childhood, the government and a mysterious experiment known as The Memory Keepers...
Now Seven and Alba will have to race against time to unlock the maze of The Memory Keepers - but can they keep themselves out of harm's way before the London Guard - and Alba's father - catches up with them? -(Goodreads)
4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
however, it was not catapulted into amazing.
Being a fan of Natasha Ngan's books for a while, I have had this on my TBR pile waiting for the exact right moment to pick it up. And now that I'm reeling with love for different worlds and exploration, I knew I had to read it right away- it was brilliant!
Natasha Ngan is always really good at tacking issues in society with her books. Her last book, The Memory Keepers, gave a great portrayal of all the racism and prejudice there is within any world, but I was also especially interested in the issue tackled this time: Social Classes. I'm not sure you can call this a prominent issue today, but it certainly does exist and goes hand in hand with prejudice and discrimination. I felt Natasha dealt with the divide between classes really well, making it evident in the split between the rich North and the poor South. You really saw it in the way both sides thought about and treated each other, which was horrible to see. It's quite awful really, and we're lucky that our current world seems to have a much better understanding and the classes aren't as segregated anymore. It does remind you that there will always be people who judge you for silly reasons, though.
The characters were also great parts of the book, in my opinion. Alba became and instant favourite the moment she started worrying about whether Seven would be looking at her butt as she climbed a fence. HERO. Is that LITERALLY not the kind of thought you have whilst reading a YA book or wondering what you would do in a YA book? Because sometimes I do sit there and think about all those typical problems that would SURELY occur in a YA book. It's not just me right?!
Alba also had a really complex relationship with her parents that is much more difficult and and has lot more to it that you would imagine. I didn't see it coming! It really showed how deeply horrendous events can impact someone for the rest of their life through Alba's mother, and your opinion of her will most likely change by the end.
There was also a really lovely exploration of who and what family really is. This was seen in Alba's relationship with Dolly -her maid- who for Alba was a lot like a sister to her.
Of course, I cannot end this review without talking about Seven and Alba's relationship, who I definitely shipped! They were SOOO cute together, and just adorable. It needed to happen, and when it did I WAS SO HAPPPYYYY.
The Memory Keepers fulfilled all my expectations and was such an enjoyable book. It tackles issues very well in an incredible world- I would definitely recommend it to everyone!