The Memory Hit is exactly this. There’s much to captivate and draw you in, from the boy/girl twins, children of a notorious underworld figure, and his wife, now both in jail; a tense relationship between a former boyfriend and girlfriend; a mysterious, masked, hooded figure; a house fire that starts during a party; and Nostalgex, the illegal drug that allows the user to relive any of their memories in full, living color.
That’s the set-up for a riveting story-line, yet it was the drugs (which is one of, if not the, main narratives) that kept me from being all in. Apparently, Nostalgex is highly sought-after because people want to relive their pasts. The drug allows them to be able to recall with clarity anything they want to remember. They can’t change anything, because it has already happened, but they will be able to see, feel, smell and experience everything just as it was, but with a clearer sense. That where I thought “so?” This felt like a clunky device to propel the plot forward, like it was the idea around which the book was hanging. I know, I know…that’s what a plot is, but other than those people who are miserable and can only find happiness in their pasts, why would this be a desirable thing? (Other than a mention or two of using the drug to cheat on tests, that’s not the main thrust of the story.) And, if the experience isn’t addictive, then what’s the harm in looking back on occasion? It just didn’t add up.
Other than that, I found the characters to be well fleshed-out, the twists fabulous, and the characters diverse. If you can swallow the Nostalgex piece, then you’re good to go.
The Memory Hit by Carla Spradbery will be published tomorrow, June 4, 2015 by Hodder Children’s Books. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher, the Author and NetGalley.
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Mystery Diversity
Ages: 13 and up