On the Horizon – the architects of memory (Karen Osborne)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

the architects of memory (Karen Osborne)

Title: the architects of memory

Author: Karen Osborne

Publisher: Macmillian-Tor/Forge

Publication Date: TOMORROW!! (paperback/ebook)

ISBN: 978-1250215475

Source: NetGalley


Architects of Memory (The Memory War, #1)

Super awesome title and cover made me pick up this sci-fi.  This ended up being a quick, engaging read where I ultimately ended up being both confused and conflicted.

I did not know this was the first book of a series so that could have contributed but really this book made me feel like either nothing was explained or I just blatantly missed things.  I did very much like the idea of the corporate indenture based society.  I loved the beginning of the book and how the terminally ill main character, Ash, goes into a salvage operation with unexpected consequences.  I absolutely loved the idea of the mysterious alien artifact.  But sadly this book wasn’t what I wanted.

I don’t normally mind being thrown into the middle of things.  In this book the conflict with the alien Vai has been ongoing for a while.  The action is basically non-stop.  What was missing was any real insight into what the characters were thinking or their relationships with each other.  Ash was a fun person to root for but I didn’t really get to see any of the “found family” moments that were hinted at.  Ash and her love interest are in a very nebulous relationship where we are told they are in love but the reader doesn’t get to see this either.  All the romances were surface level and felt more like plot-devices.  Even the interactions of the major players and overall world politics of the society did not seem to have nuance.  Unusually, I actually wanted the backstory of both the war and Ash’s life.

Then there is the aliens and the technology.  I felt that neither aspect made any sense.  I liked the idea of how the alien society supposedly functioned but the practical aspects of how the aliens and their tech worked felt more like magic without any clear rules.  In fact in many scenes, I felt that the tech contradicted itself in terms of the problems it caused and the circumstances required to make it work.  There is a lot of discussion of how the alien tech distorts or changes memory but I couldn’t tell you how or why.  All the memory related problems made no real sense and confused me even more.

And then the ending.  I actually thought the book could have been a standalone based on what happened.  The ending was depressing which I was cool with.  I did not enjoy that I am still not sure exactly what the plot or message of the book was besides corporations are evil and humans suck.  I thought it was weird that while I found reading the book to be enjoyable, the problems and inconsistencies ended up making me like the book a lot less after-the-fact.  So much so that I don’t feel like I will read any more of the series.

Strange reading times indeed.  Arrr!

So lastly . . .

Thank you Macmillian-Tor/Forge!

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15 thoughts on “On the Horizon – the architects of memory (Karen Osborne)

  1. There are instances where too much information slows the story, but this one sounds like it went the opposite way leaving the readers wondering if they had not missed some previous work that would make sense of what they were reading….
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    1. I am certainly in a space opera mood because I have been reading so much fantasy lately. I have a couple more space operas in the queue. And of course sci-fi month is coming up. I have some fun series on the list for that month. Arrr!
      x The Captain

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  2. As much as I love the cover, and might actually like this book, I hate it when NG does not state that a book is a stand alone or number so and so in this and that sries… At least with the Warhammer books I request I know what I am getting, but it would be nice if NG could revamp that small bit of info when trying to push a book… Just having the words it is from a certain series does not mean much to me. Great review Cap!

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    1. I very much wish that NetGalley in particular would say if it was a series and would LOVE if they put what number it was. I have a couple that were book threes and I didn’t know. I wouldn’t request some things. I still likely would have requested this one because I was so curious about it so it wouldn’t have helped me here. Thanks for the comment!
      x The Captain

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  3. I find that so often (especially in Sci-Fi) if a book’s exciting that little things like, I don’t know, characterization, world-building, development, get neglected. It’s really too bad, because I love a good exciting Sci-Fi read.

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    1. Sci-fi does have this problem. Especially YA sci-fi. Fantasy occasionally over dumps the info. Sci-fi either gets too into how technology works (which I can love) or just has space battles and not enough of everything else. Have you read the Vatta series by Elizabeth Moon? I loved it.
      x The Captain

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    1. I wish I could recommend this one but I can’t. Read at yer own peril. Who knows, this has tons of 5 star ratings. Ye could be one of them. I have no idea what re-coil is. I will have to look it up. Many crew get tired of how many sci-fi books involve salvage or mining. I haven’t gotten tired of those themes yet. Well as long as they are used well.
      x The Captain

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