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Book Review: The Memory Agent by Matthew B.J. Delaney


Title: The Memory Agent

Author: Matthew B.J. Delaney

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Date Published: July 18th 2017

Publisher: 47North

Goodreads Rating: 3.78


Crime never changes. Punishment does.

In a time when prisons no longer contain inmates behind concrete and steel, the convicted serve their time while asleep, rehabilitating in virtual reality while blissfully unaware of their crimes.

Roger Parker is a professional prison breaker, skilled at navigating these strange penal dream worlds and extracting those imprisoned there—for a price. Parker wants out of the game, but a powerful senator, desperate to save his son, convinces Parker to pull one last job. The clincher? An opportunity for Parker to find his wife, herself interned, lost somewhere in a treacherous, time-shifting Manhattan cyberscape.

As Parker and his team make their hallucinatory journey between worlds, memory and motive lose coherence and integrity, and the clock begins to run out: internal security detects the breaker, and sets out to remove him—permanently.

Unable to rely on his perceptions, unsure of the truth or even his very identity, will Parker break out…or be broken?

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Hiya bessies!

How are you all?


First of all, I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. This will not influence my review in any way.


Let’s start!


This book is about a person who can break people out from a prison. However, it’s not your ordinary prison because it is a prison of the mind. This book has a lot of twists and turns and it will seriously make your head spin. (In a good way, of course. XD)



Bes, I did my habit again of reading the description of the book and then forgetting about it once I’m done. And because of that, I got confused as to what was happening on the first chapter. Like seriously confused. So I paused my reading and went to Goodreads to reread the description. After reading it again, I got the story and I’m starting to be amazed by it.


This book has an amazing plot. Because of the amazing-ness of the plot it sometimes overshadows the characters of the book. It took a while for me to realize that the name of the main character was Parker (This was before I reread the description.). I don’t even know what to say about his character because this book was so focused on the story that it didn’t really put so much light on the characters.


It felt like the characters were just used to narrate a very nice story about a discovery and not narrating their own story at all. However, the book has great first person point of view that you would also feel that the characters isn’t useless after all.


And yes, it has amazing first person point of view. It is that kind of writing that instantly connects you to the character. When I started reading it, it was hard to stop. I didn’t even notice that I was reading the too much describing parts of the book. It was that great. It has amazing narration and writing style. Some chapters were in first person POV and some are in third. My favorites were the first person though.


The story is about breaking someone in a prison, the prison being the mind of the prisoner –which is a very cool and amazing kind of prison system by the way. You see, their prisoners here are put into a Sleep machine and they are having shared dreams of different timelines of Manhattan. And Parker’s story started about him and his team of five people including him finding out an underground city of Manhattan in the year 1933.


They found a ghost town of Manhattan. No people, no sound, not even a movement. It was totally deserted. So they went out to explore a bit. And then Parker started getting phone calls from pay phones or telephones inside a diner or a hotel. And bes, every time those damn phones ring, it creeps the hell out of me. It was so creepy! Imagine you’re in a place with no people at all and then you started hearing ringing phones and when you listen to it, there’s actually someone talking. Like wtf.


The book is amazing. It has a very cool story and every chapter has a twist. It only has eight chapters but all of it has plot twists you won’t see coming, especially the plot twist on the last chapter. I swear you’re going to suck in a huge breath if you read that part. It will blow all your guesses about the plot twist of the book. Well, the author is kind of good at blindsiding the reader. Hehe.


The ending though, I have serious problem with it. The whole story is amazing, seriously awesome. However, I have a lot of mixed feelings towards the ending. First, why the hell would you end this kind of book that way? Seriously, why? Second, what happened after that last sentence? There was no proper conclusion nor closure as to what happened to Parker’s character after he tossed someone off the bridge. And third, really? That’s the ending? I was kind of not satisfied by it.


I actually kind of shouted no in the middle of a café-ish place me and my friends were hanging out in. I just shouted NO! And my friends was like, “What happened to you?” and I was like,



While asking, why would this amazing book end like this! The book ended in the middle of the climax! I mean, it was building and building. It was intense! And then suddenly, I turn to the next page and the words, ABOUT THE AUTHOR, flashed.


I felt like I was hit in between the eye from the shock. Legit. I’m still kind of reeling myself from the intensity at the near-end part. I was amazed by the whole book. I was actually thinking of giving this a perfect star rating because it’s an awesome sci-fi fantasy book. But then that ending bitch slapped me in the face and this is my new rating. I’m not even considering changing it. The ending was abrupt and I wasn’t happy. 😛



To wrap this up, this book is amazing bessies. Really it is. It has great concept and plot twists in every corner. If you are the kind of reader who loves sci-fi and a bit of action combined, this book is yours!







Have any of you read this book? What do you think bessies? Let’s talk in the comments!


Thanks for reading up to here bessies! Love you all!


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