Nothing But Your Memories by H.B. Clementine
To avoid overcrowding and poverty, the government decided to let people live one year out of every ten, forever. Mira would give anything to be back in her old life with her family so when she finally wakes up she immediately joins a rebel group to try and escape the city. But when her only friend endangers herself trying to disconnect her memory chip, Mira knows she must do something before she seriously hurts herself. Is freedom worth giving up everything?
The best aspect of this book was the world-building. I feel that's what really made the book stand out for me. Without that it would have just been another average dystopian and it would have honestly been very boring. I liked how it included the back story of what the world was like for Mira before "The Shift" and I feel that added depth to the story.
I wasn't a big fan of most of the characters and they sort of got on my nerves especially West and Faustino who were the leaders of the rebel group Mira joins. Alexis, Mira's only friend, was okay, but at times I didn't like her either. I felt it was really unrealistic that there weren't any more groups rebelling and how everyone seemed to find new friends the day they woke up. I feel like it would take longer for everyone to adjust and get used to their new lifes without their families.
One thing I really did not like about this book was the fact that Mira did not have much of a reason to hate the government. I mean sure, they separated her from her family, but they could have somehow resisted. The only reason that I could think of was that maybe it was because they didn't wake kids up, but it seems like she hated them even before she woke up when she didn't even know about that. The ending was also a little confusing, what with changing the perspective for the first time in the book with no warning. I felt it would have been better if it had at least said the name of the new character or something like that. I felt really confused and reread the pages before it, making sure I didn't miss anything. Overall though, I didn't have very many problems with this book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a unique dystopia with good world building that might not be as well known as The Hunger Games or Divergent. If you enjoyed either of those, I can almost guarantee that this would be some good entertainment!!
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