In this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning.
Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she's lost-family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.
Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian-a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life-comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.
Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it's not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind
This was a bit of a creepy book. I mean, it takes place in the second stage of life, the one after death. So there's that. And then there's the fact that they get to buy and sell memories to look at (you don't lose them, but other people can view them if you want them to and they can afford it because they let other people view their memories)
And then her friend is gone, no one remembers, and she's thrown into this weird world where everybody is kept all drugged up with no real memories of the place that they're at, but of their life on earth, and other peoples.
I really enjoyed Felicia's memories, as they chronicle her falling in love with Ethan, how she knew Julian in life, and all sorts of other things, just telling the story of her life before she died. And there some good memories, and bad memories, like what happened to her friend, why she got sent to the US.
Because viewing the memories is a drug, and Felicity has to be weaned off of it, that's why we got so many memories. And with the group that she's with, I didn't enjoy most of them, but yeah, things happen-and then she finds Neal. And things happen. And they beat the bad guys. And then her and Neil decide to move onto Level 3.
Yeah, all in all, a really great book, and a really great start to a series!
Author: Lenore Appelhans
Series: The Memory Chronicles #1
Read: December 31st, 2013
Reason Why: Because it sounded good, and it's a DAC book and a 2013 Dystopia Book!
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: January 15th 2013