[in memoriam] review: the memory keepers

05 October 2014

Title: The Memory Keepers
Author: Natasha Ngan
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: September 4th 2014
Source/Format: For Review/Finished Copy
Summary: "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
I feel like if I was given a piece of writing written by Natasha Ngan I would be able to recognize it unaided. This is only my second book of hers that I have read, her second book, but her style of writing  seems to be imprinted in my mind and if it is possible - I think I liked this novel more than her debut The Elites.
Natasha Ngan's characterization of Seven and Alba is much more pronounced than the creation of her debut characters. Where with her first book, I enjoyed it, this second book solidifies my love for her writing and shows me that if anything, her third book which she will write will be even stronger. I was able to connect with the characters in The Memory Keepers and I delighted in their company immensely. And having just read a book where the main character aggravated every nerve in my body, Alba was a relieving breath of fresh air.
Seven; I liked him even better than Butterfly, and maybe that's because I read The Elites so long ago, but Seven's personality was one of the main reasons why I was so attached to this story. He provided the chance of a smile amidst the grim plot-line. And - the plot line - another favourite. But I'm not going to go into it, I'm going to let you find out for yourself.
Thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Yeeees to this review. I haven't read any of natasha's books, I never got the chance, but Hawwa, you really make me want to read this one.
    Whyyyy do you do this to me, I already have so much to read!!!

    1. YEES TO YOUR COMMENT. Why not TiLlY. aND good, that's my job. :P

  2. I haven't read any of her books, but it's always great when an author has such a distinct voice. I have the same thing with Maggie Stiefvater books - I could recognise her style anywhere, even if I didn't know the book was hers :D

    1. Hehe lots of people tell me about her books, I actually have one of them [Sinner] but i don't want to start it because i'm scared I'll be the one that dislikes her...;P

  3. I enjoyed The Elites but it felt like not as much as everyone else, so maybe, like you, I'll enjoy this one even more! I'm glad Seven and Alba were great characters and easy to get along with!!

    Great review! :D

  4. This was my first of Natasha's books and I loved it! I need to get my hands on The Elites asap!


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