The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy
What I drank: wine. I had a small going away thing and between the rose, white wine, and prosecco find myself in a nostalgic mood for the last few years.
In the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.
Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.
To prove her allegiance to the Shadows and rescue her mother, Etta must steal a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world.
Drunk Overview: Etta is living on the streets with her adopted sister when THE SHADOWS are brought up. Theyre and org in the shadows (so clever) that do their best to right the wrongs of stolen memories, because some people have the power to see and steal (or give) memories from other people. This sets off a wild adventure which highlights a quasi unknown past, the gray rather than black and white natures characters have, and a pretty cool magic system
Bullet points/drunken ramblings: Im going to try this format for a bit to see if it works for me.
- Etta goes by differemt names but Im gonna stick with Etta, is surprisingly trusting for someone who has lived on the streets in a corrupt place.
- Redi immediately had enemies to lovers vibes and Im here for it.
- This book makes it very clear when a character is supes gonna die
- This book convinced me that a twist wasnt gonna happen AND THEN IT STILL HAPPENED (WHICH MEANS I WAS RIGHT)
- I wish the variations had been described a little more or played in a little more heavily. I.e. there are the gifted, who can be normal or sifters and then there are other variations that are teally only mentioned when convenient for the plot.
- At least one twist was super obvious
- Some of the transitions betweem the stories felt a little too clean (meaning I couldnt quite tell the target audience – probably mid-YA?)
- I could seen so many more stories in this universe. I feel this it was meant to feel big, but the travel time made the world feel small so I have to assume theres more outside of whatever peninsula this was on.
Rating: I did really enjoy this story. I thought the messaging was solid and the magic system was new to me. 4.5/5
What I pair it with: mead.