The Memory Thief
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The Memory Thief  -     By: Lauren Mansy

The Memory Thief

Zondervan / 2019 / Hardcover

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In The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy, in the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memory are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please. 17-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city's asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for Auction, a Craewich tradition in which a "worthless" person's memories are sold to the highest bidder before she is killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier. Recommended for ages 13 years and older; hardcover.

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Title: The Memory Thief
By: Lauren Mansy
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2019
Dimensions: 8.4 X 5.5 (inches)
Weight: 14 ounces
ISBN: 0310767652
ISBN-13: 9780310767657
Ages: 13-16
Stock No: WW767655

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A 2020 YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Teens’ Top Ten Book!

In this immersive and original YA fantasy novel where memories are currency taken and used by the elite, Etta has worked for years to keep her ability to steal memories a secret, hoping to leave her past as a rebel operative against the system behind. But when her mother’s memories are placed for auction, Etta must face her past and become a memory thief once more.

"Will delight fantasy readers who revel in fully developed settings and unusual powers." –Booklist

"A suspenseful page-turner, delightfully chock full of unexpected twists and turns." –Shelf Awareness

The Memory Thief:

  • Is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Victoria Aveyard
  • Is a clean coming of age young adult fantasy, with unexpected love story suitable for readers thirteen and up

  • Is a great gift for teens’ and YA readers’ birthdays, Christmas, or any gift-giving event

Being able to take someone’s memories with a simple touch should place Etta Lark in the higher realms of Craewick’s society, but it is a society she wants nothing to do with. The power-obsessed ruler, Madame, has created a corrupt culture where the poor are sold and used to further prosper the rich, and any attempts to fight the system are often met with despair. Like when Etta’s mistake while part of the protesting Shadows organization left her mother bedridden and in an asylum controlled by Madame herself. But everything changes when Etta gets word Madame wishes to place her "criminal" mother’s memories on the auction block to be sold to the highest bidder. Etta will do anything to keep her mother’s mind intact, even if it means coming out of hiding and rejoining the Shadows, who need her powers to complete a dangerous memory heist that could overturn the social structure.

As she faces startling attacks, an unexpected romance, and a conspiracy that changes everything she knew about herself and her world, Etta is left with one question: In a place where nothing is what is seems, can she ever become more than a gifted thief?

Author Bio

Lauren Mansy grew up in the Chicago area, where she spent years working with youth of all ages, from young children to high schoolers. When she's not writing, Lauren loves to travel, spend time with her family, and explore the city to find the best deep dish pizza. The Memory Thief, which was inspired by Lauren's own journey with her mother, is her first novel. You can visit her online at laurenmansy.com.

Editorial Reviews

Mansy's debut will delight fantasy readers who revel in fully developed settings and unusual powers. -- Booklist

The Memory Thief is fast paced and didn't stop for one second...This book is perfect for people who are looking for a quick unique fantasy novel that is also a stand alone! -- The Book Bratz

A compelling, darkly fantastic tale ... Though Mansy builds an expansive fantasy world all her own, her tale uses dystopian motifs to great success, such as the corrosive effects of an overabundance of power falling into the wrong hands and her stern commentary on the divide between the haves and have-nots. Readers, like Etta and her fellow citizens, will be challenged to contemplate the nature of truth, considering the unique role that memories play in the Realms. Mansy also delivers a fine romance, made all the more gratifying by the difficulties sustained along the way. A welcome addition to the YA fantasy canon, The Memory Thief is a suspenseful page-turner, delightfully chock full of unexpected twists and turns. -- Shelf Awareness

As evidenced by 'The Memory Thief', author Lauren Mansy has a genuine talent for narrative storytelling and an authentic flair for originality. A riveting great read with more plot twists and turns than a Disney Land roller coaster, 'The Memory Thief' will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to school and community library YA Fiction and amp; Fantasy Fiction collections. -- Midwest Book Review

A thought-provoking and unique YA fantasy, THE MEMORY THIEF is a engrossing and lovely story. Twists and turns keep the reader guessing as they follow Etta on her physical and mental journey. -- YA and Kids Books Central

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