This was not what I was expecting. At all. I love False Memory, but when I read it, it was a little hard to keep up. Miranda is constantly on over-drive and I don't remember her sleeping, ever. In False Sight, she sleeps! The pace is still very fast, but it was a manageable quick pace so I was able to finally connect with Miranda, Peter, Noah and Rhys in a way I couldn't really in False Memory. I followed them through book one, but in book two I really came to care about them. So one of the things that really shocked me in this book was the fact that the end had me tearing up and it's actually making me a feel a little weepy just thinking about it again.
False Sight went in a different direction than I was expecting. It was a little jarring at first, because the story seemed to be on one track and then suddenly, you’re not even on the tracks anymore. I was skeptical, but that went away pretty quickly. I feel a little bit like book one was super humans and book two is super heroes. There’s this more intricate back story with more about where they come from and what they were meant to do that just bumped them up a level. I’m not huge into comics, but I feel like there’s a bit of classic superhero influence that went into this. I could be way off on that, but that was my impression.
The thing I carried with me from book one, a year later, into book two was the relationship between Peter, Miranda and Noah. In False Memory, Miranda wakes up with no memories, so when she finds out Noah is her boyfriend she’s not really connected to him and instead falls for Peter. I had so many conflicting moments that caught me off guard in False Sight. Noah’s character has an interesting role, which is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. If there’s any testament to Dan’s skill as a storyteller and a writer, it’s in the way he connects Noah to Miranda and makes an unconventional relationship feel natural. Noah amplified the pain I felt at the end, as if he was in my own head telling me it would be okay when I knew it wouldn’t.
This book is actually hard to talk about, because there is magic in the way it unfolds and the places you end up unexpectedly. And because of that I can’t be specific or talk about the things that kept me glued to the page. I blew through this book so fast, partially because Miranda seems to just speed through life and I was trying to keep pace. I really liked False Memory, but False Sight knocked the breath out of me and I love it for that.