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The Memory Keepers

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  352 ratings  ·  61 reviews
"No one can take your memories from you... can they?"

Seven is a thief with a difference - he steals downloadable memories from banks and memoriums to sell onto London's black market, trading secrets and hidden pasts for a chance at a future of his own. He makes sure he keeps some special stuff back to 'surf' himself though - it's the only real form of entertainment he can
Paperback, 410 pages
Published September 4th 2014 by Hot Key Books
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Natasha Ngan
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
So yes, I am a teensy bit biased being the author, but I do really really love this book ;)

A few things you can expect to find in its pages ...

Futuristic London

A cute, if a bit awkward looking boy with scruffy hair

A winter-themed ball

Memory surfing (though it doesn't quite look like this)

A few stolen kisses

A cool water-boat-house-bus-thing

Some crawling through sewers

Pretty hairstyles

Secrets in the night

And the London Underground, hundreds of years on from now

I can't wait to share this story
Jenn Morgans
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Here's where I start my review with a little bit of showing off: I worked YA LitCon 2014, and the moment I opened the box containing our special early editions of The Memory Keepers I swept one aside to hide for myself. The gorgeous cover, combined with an fabulous concept, made me desperate to read it, and I wasn't disappointed.

I absolutely love dystopian fiction, and it's refreshingly fun to read a YA dystopia set in England, rather than in the ruins of America somewhere, and especially one se
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scaned
This book was amazing I loved every page it was even better than the elites that I was not sure was possible so I hope that Natasha Ngan will write another book
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
I unfortunately did not enjoy The Memory Keepers. It was the type of book I felt like I'd already read a hundred times and I didn't enjoy the writing style.

There was dual POV from the two main characters, Seven and Alba. I have to say, I wasn't a fan of either of these characters. First of all, they trusted each other way, way too easily. I have no idea why Alba didn't start screaming when she found a stranger, obviously there to steal something, in her house, ESPECIALLY since in this world, th
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Natasha Ngan book and I have to say, I have a feeling she's going to be one of those authors where you just buy her books without knowing anything about them.

Need to know:
- The memories aren't erased, they're basically just 'recorded', and you can actually trade them.
- The book takes place in 2144
- We are dealing with a bunch of characters in this book; We have our two main characters Alba and Seven. Seven's friends Loe and a little girl called Mika. Alba's handmaid Dolly and A
Samantha (A Dream of Books)
This is the second book by Natasha Ngan after last year's stellar 'The Elites'. While I didn't enjoy this one quite as much, it was still a pretty good read.

I thought the concept for the novel was brilliant. Set in the future, it imagines a world in which people are able to store their memories. These are then either kept or traded as valuable commodities. They are even sometimes stolen by criminal gangs, which is where one of the main characters Seven features. I loved the idea of being able t
Brook Gassman
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: p-o-v-change
Title: The Memory Keepers
Author: Natasha Ngan
Genre: Romance, Sci Fi, Futuristic, YA/Teen
Age: 12+
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


"No one can take your memories from you... can they?"

Seven is a thief with a difference - he steals downloadable memories from banks and memoriums to sell onto London's black market, trading secrets and hidden pasts for a chance at a future of his own. He makes sure he keeps some special stuff back to 'surf' himself though - it's the only real form of entertainme
Samina The Story Devourer
After the success of Elites, I was quite keen to read another Natasha Ngan book. The Memory Keepers ticked all the boxes and I was really excited about the book.

The Memory Keepers is set in a future London (yes!) where memory can be extracted from humans and stored in a external storage device. These memories can then me stored or are traded in the market for profit or loss. As this is a dystopian, we have the rich North side of London where the wealthy and influential live and the starving, dyi
Review originally posted on The Slanted Bookshelf.

My Rating: 3 stars

The Memory Keepers really grabbed be with the first scene. We start off from Seven’s POV as he is breaking into the Whites’ house only to be caught by Alba. The scene ends with her realising he’s a thief and then we go back in time for about a day.

The Memory Keepers is set in the future when memories are the most valuable thing a person has and people steal memories – aka skids – to sell on the black market. London is its own se
Anya (An Awful Lot of Reading)
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Everything about this promised an amazing story: the future London, the enticing value of memories, and the absolutely heart breaking character stories. I flew through this, completely gripped to finding out the truth behind the Memory Keepers and what the deal was with Seven's past and how it tied to the memory trade.

Told in alternative perspectives, it was as much Alba's story as Seven's, which, much like the fact that is wasn't immediately a romance, was refreshing; they both needed a frien
Dec 24, 2014 rated it liked it

Review also posted to Words Read & Written

Why I picked it up:

This book was sent to me from Five Mile Press in exchange for an honest review.

My thoughts:

My immediate thoughts within the first few pages is that this book is extremely descriptive, almost unnecessarily so. Every single movement is spelt out and as a result the novel got off to a pretty slow start. But despite the slow start, the world is beautifully built, so maybe the excessive description is good for some things. The picture of a
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So this is Natasha Ngan's second novel, published a year after her debut - The Elites - and it is just as good if not better! I could barely express how incredible her first was but this is a very different book. If you've read The Elites, then you'll know the scale and cast of the story is big, really big (I still wish it had been split into several books). The Memory Keepers is much smaller and intimate and it focuses closely on the relationships that are formed.
The writing is beautiful and t
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
The irony. I can't remember what I wanted to say about The Memory Keepers.

Look, it was a decent read. It chugged along at a fluid pace, the dual perspective broke up the plot in an intriguing enough way, and the concepts were enough to keep me reading. It was your typical dystopian fare, nothing to blow your mind (the memory stuff was pretty cool but the plot building off this concept was, at times, reduced to the star-crossed lovers trope which was a bit disappointing).

Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book... Scenery, characters, events they are all beautiful... I really think this needs a sequence, to tell us what will happen this maqnificient characters...

A short summary: Seven is a memory(skid) thief who loves in South (poor section) of London while Alba is the only daughter of the Police Head. She has a hand maid, Dolly, who she loves dearly. Her mother is an ice queen, who treats her poorly. And Seven and Alba meets each other, a not-so-quick insta-love happens... Then :)

seren jones
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. Ever since I heard of Natasha Ngan last year when I read The Elites I've always hoped that she'd write a new novel, a series maybe. And this book was amazing! By far one of my favorite novels ever. And I hope that Natasha can keep writing more of her amazing stories and hopefully become a well known author because she deserves to be. Well done Natasha for writing such a thrilling story packed with awesomeness and everything I look for in a novel. ...more
Aug 29, 2013 marked it as lost-interest-or-dnf
Quite a juvenile writing style, uninteresting characters. Didn't hold my interest...

__ Try it! You’ll probably like it (wasn’t for me, but it’s well-written).
_x_ Meh. If you have nothing else to read, try it.
__ Don’t waste your time with this one!
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
it was interesting to think about a dystopia set in the UK - many are set in the US or unnamed places but this was clearly set in London. The divide between rich and poor is something to think about even now in the present
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very excited for this to release!
Georgia (The Bibliomaniac Book Blog)
4.5. That was awesome. :D
Mar 30, 2014 marked it as to-read
Pretty cool cover and description has caught my eye...hmm
Katy Lam
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Beautifully written, with an intriguing plot and convincing slow-burn romance. Natasha Ngan's second novel is an accomplishment, and even better than her first. ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
Christina Reid
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was the author' review here on Goodreads that actually made me want to read this, alongside the fact that I have a soft pot for futuristic, dystopian novels. This surprised me in lots of good ways! I loved the idea of memory surfing and the fact that memories could be downloaded, stolen, traded and used as currency. I loved the cyperpunk feel of the flooded, futuristic London an dthe gangs that have arisen alongside what seems like a totalitarian state. I loved that Seven is not your average ...more
Mj James
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
The Memory Keeper's is Natalie Ngan's second novel. It is a YA Science Fiction novel set in London. London has been split in half. One half is full of prosperous aristocrats. The other half is the slums, full of people trying to survive poverty. Seven is a thief - he steals memories. He makes copies and then surfs the memories in his spare time. It is a way to live another life without ever leaving your own.

The premise of the novel is extremely interesting. There is a clandestine organization d
Jodie Portugal
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mary Carter
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Caste - North and South
Seven and Alba

Nov 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Just like all of Natashas books I loved this book. And I mean LOVED. I didn’t expect the end what so ever and it made me so sad when it was over but it was absolutely beautiful.
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
*Review posted on Will Read for Feels*

Natasha Ngan’s plot for The Memory Keepers begged to be read—a dystopian tale set in futuristic London where memories are prized possessions and the struggle between the ruling elite and the oppressed is at its breaking point. What intrigued me most was the concept of “memory surfing”, and how it’s deemed to be a more valuable commodity and how it was used as a weapon of sorts to bring down the powers that be. That pretty much summed up the good points in th
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-na-books
I enjoyed the concept of sharing memories but, like others have pointed out, it made little sense and the mechanics of it all was unknown to us. For example, I'm unable to explain how people are able to record their memories. It just wasn't explained well.

The characters, as well as their romance, fell flat. There was no personality, sparkle or depth to any of these characters, which is always a must for me.

Alternate POV is, I feel, dated. I understand it allowed us to look into both sides of thi
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Natasha Ngan is a writer and yoga teacher. She grew up between Malaysia, where the Chinese side of her family is from, and the UK. This multicultural upbringing continues to influence her writing, and she is passionate about bringing diverse stories to teens. Ngan studied Geography at the University of Cambridge before working as a social media consultant and fashion blogger.

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