The Memory Key by Liana Liu

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Lora Mint is determined not to forget.

Though her mother's been dead for five years, Lora struggles to remember every detail about her—most important, the specific events that occurred the night she sped off in her car, never to return.

But in a world ravaged by Vergets disease, a viral form of Alzheimer's, that isn't easy. Usually Lora is aided by her memory key, a standard-issue chip embedded in her brain that preserves memories just the way a human brain would. Then a minor accident damages Lora's key, and her memories go haywire. Suddenly Lora remembers a moment from the night of her mother's disappearance that indicates her death was no accident. Can she trust these formerly forgotten memories? Or is her ability to remember every painful part of her past driving her slowly mad—burying the truth forever?

Lora's story of longing for her lost mother—and for the truth behind her broken memories—takes readers on a twisty ride. The authentic, emotional narrative sparks fascinating questions about memory and privacy in a world that increasingly relies on electronic recall.


About Liana Liu

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Liana Liu was born and raised in New York City and lives there still. She received her MFA in fiction writing from the University of Minnesota.
Published March 3, 2015 by HarperTeen. 368 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mar 15 2015 | Read Full Review of The Memory Key

Gr 7 Up—Lora Mint's mother died in a car accident five years ago, and the pain of losing her hasn't diminished. Worse, Lora's memories of her are fading, even though she has a Memory Key, because the Keys aren't meant to preserve memories perfectly, just mimic the brain's ability to remember. Her...

Dec 01 2014 | Read Full Review of The Memory Key