Adaptive Studios, Culver City, CA, 2016.
When Benji meets Louis, a man who can not only read people’s minds but who collects and shares memories with others, he is intrigued, but when he hits upon the idea of removing some of his parents’ memories in order to stop them from fighting he becomes just a little obsessed with the idea. Benji brings his twin sister, Kelly, into the plan, but things begin to go downhill fast, because Louis is not the only memory thief at the fair, and, it turns out, there’s little honor among memory thieves. Soon Benji has a lot more responsibility than he bargained for and a whole town to save.
The Memory Thief is an intriguing and fast-paced story that will suck readers in. It’s full of the kinds of questions and yearnings that intrigue middle grade readers. What if you could experience other people’s exciting adventures? What if you could erase that embarrassing thing you did from everyone’s memory? Would it really be as if it never happened? Middle grade readers will love this fast-paced tale and, as I did, enjoy thinking about the complications of erasing knowledge and experience from the minds of others.
I received an advance reader copy of The Memory Thief courtesy of Adaptive Books in exchange for an honest review.