The Recall Paradox

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Pub Date Apr 11 2023 | Archive Date May 11 2023

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What if everything you remember is a lie?

Freya Izquierdo and Fletcher Cohen believe they’re done with top-secret memory knifing. After successfully hacking a terrorist’s memories and foiling the Memory Ghosts’ next attack, they spend their school break intending to clear Fletcher’s dad of being accused of colluding with the radical group.

Exposing the truth should be straightforward, if not easy. But Fletcher’s house is robbed, and Freya makes a shocking discovery about her flawed recall. When they return to Foxtail Academy, no one but the dean and Dr. Sanders seems to remember Freya, Fletcher, and their friends Chase and Ollie. Then the Memory Ghosts make contact, and everything the four students thought was true proves false.

As they struggle to shine light on the shadowy battlefield between Memory Frontier and the Memory Ghosts, their only option is to undertake the most difficult and risky knifing mission of their lives. But this time, more than their lives are at stake.

In this heart-stopping and gripping conclusion to the critically acclaimed Memory Index duology, the only way out is in, and the only way to safety is through reckless danger that could wipe Freya and Fletcher from everyone’s minds . . . forever.

  • Speculative YA sci/fi novel
  • Book length: 100,000 words
  • Get hooked on The Memory Index Duology:
    • Book 1: The Memory Index
    • Book 2: The Recall Paradox
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs and author’s playlist

What if everything you remember is a lie?

Freya Izquierdo and Fletcher Cohen believe they’re done with top-secret memory knifing. After successfully hacking a terrorist’s memories and foiling the...

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Loved this sequel! This second half did not dissappoint. Thank you to Netgalley for this advanced copy.

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“This one can remember the future.”

I have been super interested in this one ever since The Memory Index ended and I came to know that the second book in the duology is going to be called The Recall Paradox. Having said that, it has still been a month since @netgalley approved an advance copy for me, but I finally managed to put life on hold for a while to finish this crazy adventure. Crazy in the absolute best ways, of course!

“One of the greatest tragedies of humankind is that we weaponize that which was intended for good.”

It is such a great effort to begin a book with something so intriguing as this one and then just keep the momentum for the rest of the story. While it was an absolute treat to meet the gang again, it was wonderful to meet the new characters as well. Deciding whether to trust the newcomers was surely like being stuck between a rock and a hard place, but that is where all the fun lies.

“What’s more terrifying—losing your memories, or confronting difficult ones?”

Somehow, the entire experience just leaves you with tons to think about. If the pandemic we really had to face was that of losing our memories, nobody really knows how good or bad we would fare. Let’s just hold on tighter to our memories, our dreams, and our present, just in case.

As always, thank you, @netgalley!

“Sometimes optimism feels foolish, but optimism always leads to hopefulness, and remaining hopeful is never foolish."

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I was so pleasantly surprised that the sequel to THE MEMORY INDEX raised the stakes and pushed the pulse pounding action even further. I love how the teens search for the truth, even as it causes them to act as double agents in a power struggle that is so much bigger than them. And through it all, Vaca delivers on all the classic teen activities we love to see, from going to parties, to meeting parents in a budding romance. I tore through this book like the pages were on fire. It was one of the funnest YA books I've read in a long time. Bravo!

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After reading the first book Memory Index, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on book two.
I love the character growth and how in depth we get. The battle for truth is real, and the ending has you wanting more.
I highly recommend this series to all teen readers. It will take you on an adventure that you don’t want to miss.

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Memory Index was one of my favorite books from this year and I was so excited that it was coming out with a sequel. This does what I enjoyed from the first book and improved on the plot in this book. I was invested in the concept and loved the world going on, and the characters within. It was what I was hoping for and was glad to read this. I enjoyed the way Julian Ray Vaca wrote this and look forward to read more from him.

"Fletcher wanted to argue more, but what was the point? Who am I to stand in the way? This could be Freya’s best shot at learning about her premonitions."

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The Recall Paradox by Julian Ray Vaca was an amazing story. The plot was unique and kept me hooked until the last page.

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Buckle up for an epic journey that reminded me of parts of The Matrix (such as how they time jumped) and The Fast and the Furious (such as how theyhad some amazing car jumps etc.)

Really liked the characters, setting and creative and innovative story. The students try to unravel the riddles of the memory paradox and determine the talents this memory hacking team possesses, and it’s a nice retreat with some thought-provoking circumstances. You won’t want to put this book down.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I requested and received a copy of this book by the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!
The Book Club Network blog

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This was a fun book to read. It is a different genre than I normally read but really enjoyed it and would recommend.

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