Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Page Count: 320
Published by: Simon Pulse
Source: eArc received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis from Goodreads:
A thrilling tale about what a girl will do to get back a memory she lost…or remove what she wants to forget.
Harper is used to her family being hounded by protesters. Her father runs the company that trademarked the "Memtex" procedure to wipe away sad memories, and plenty of people think it shouldn't be legal. Then a new demonstrator crosses her path, Neil, who’s as persistent as he is hot. Not that Harper’s noticing, since she already has a boyfriend.
When Harper suffers a loss, she’s shocked her father won’t allow her to get the treatment, so she finds a way to get it without his approval. Soon afterward, she’s plagued with strange symptoms, including hallucinations of a woman who is somehow both a stranger, yet incredibly familiar. Harper begins to wonder if she is delusional, or if these are somehow memories.
Together with Neil, who insists he has his own reasons for needing answers about the real dangers of Memtex, Harper begins her search for the truth. What she finds could uproot all she’s ever believed about her life…
It took me a little while to really get into reading Remember. The beginning felt really slow to me and not much was happening to grab my attention. But after Harper had the Memtex procedure the plot started to really pick up.
Harper was an okay character, but I never really connected with her. She waffled between being both weak and strong, so it was hard to get a good feel for her. I didn't like Josh AT ALL. He was portrayed as the perfect boyfriend, but he came off as a self-centered asshole. Neil added a bit of interest to the story. He and Harper didn't meet under the best circumstances, but I thought they could make a relationship work between them. Despite the insta-love, they were really kind of cute and sweet together, but I wish I could have gotten to know Neil better. I don't usually have a problem with love triangles if they are done right. Harper and Josh weren't in a great place in their relationship, so when Neil appeared on the scene, it was only natural that Harper would be drawn to him.
As the story progressed it became more entertaining for me. I really felt for Harper as she grappled with her memories and the fallout from the Memtex procedure. The last part of the book moved along pretty quickly and had a satisfying resolution, even though I felt there were a few issues that weren't dealt with.
I was originally drawn to Remember because I have enjoyed reading The Program series by Suzanne Young. The concept of erasing memories is similar in both books, although the reasons for the procedure and the outcome of the participants differ greatly.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Remember. It had enough intrigue, action, and romance to keep it interesting.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars