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In this claustrophobic science fiction thriller, a woman begins to doubt her own sanity and reality itself when she undergoes a dangerous experiment. The Ganymede compound is a fresh start. At least that's what Senna tells herself when she arrives to take part in a cutting-edge scientific treatment, where participants have traumatic memories erased. And Senna has reasons for In this claustrophobic science fiction thriller, a woman begins to doubt her own sanity and reality itself when she undergoes a dangerous experiment. The Ganymede compound is a fresh start. At least that's what Senna tells herself when she arrives to take part in a cutting-edge scientific treatment, where participants have traumatic memories erased. And Senna has reasons for wanting to escape her past. But almost as soon as the treatment begins, Senna finds more than just her traumatic memories disappearing. She hardly recognizes her new life or herself. Even though the symptoms for the process might justify the cure, Senna knows that something isn't right. As her symptoms worsen, Senna will need to band together with the other participants to unravel the mystery of her present, and save her future.


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In this claustrophobic science fiction thriller, a woman begins to doubt her own sanity and reality itself when she undergoes a dangerous experiment. The Ganymede compound is a fresh start. At least that's what Senna tells herself when she arrives to take part in a cutting-edge scientific treatment, where participants have traumatic memories erased. And Senna has reasons for In this claustrophobic science fiction thriller, a woman begins to doubt her own sanity and reality itself when she undergoes a dangerous experiment. The Ganymede compound is a fresh start. At least that's what Senna tells herself when she arrives to take part in a cutting-edge scientific treatment, where participants have traumatic memories erased. And Senna has reasons for wanting to escape her past. But almost as soon as the treatment begins, Senna finds more than just her traumatic memories disappearing. She hardly recognizes her new life or herself. Even though the symptoms for the process might justify the cure, Senna knows that something isn't right. As her symptoms worsen, Senna will need to band together with the other participants to unravel the mystery of her present, and save her future.

30 review for Reclaimed

  1. 4 out of 5

    J (Midnight Book Blog)

    If someone told you they could take away your worst memories, would you let them? Plot: While I think this book had all of the makings of an interesting read (developed sci-fi world, new and interesting technology, different and intriguing characters) something about it fell flat, and I think that's on me. I've discovered I just don't mesh with super techy utopian futuristic space societies, which isn't this book's fault! Be sure to check out some other reviews to get a fuller picture. Characters: If someone told you they could take away your worst memories, would you let them? Plot: While I think this book had all of the makings of an interesting read (developed sci-fi world, new and interesting technology, different and intriguing characters) something about it fell flat, and I think that's on me. I've discovered I just don't mesh with super techy utopian futuristic space societies, which isn't this book's fault! Be sure to check out some other reviews to get a fuller picture. Characters: for the first half I disliked pretty much all of them. However as the story progressed, I think most of them got nicely developed, and appeared much more human. I do wish we got some of that complexity earlier on though. Overall: I very much got the sense that this book was a metaphor for the ways that women’s voices are frequently erased by powerful men and their vast resources. In that capacity, I really appreciated its message, even if I didn't quite jive with the setting. For my own enjoyment I have to give it a 3/5, but if any of this sounds like something you enjoy, please give it a shot! Content warnings: sexual assault, assault, cults, stalking, manipulation Click here for the full review on my blog! Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my review copy ---------------------------- 9/2/21: It’s been so long since I read a good dystopia, so here’s hoping

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Welcome to the worst kind of dystopian future at Tokyo station! Everything is sterile, your every move is watched by VIT monitors, SecDivs and your very personal chips! Senna is the only survivor of terrible tragedy who turned into a scapegoat. People are looking for her. She is sick of hiding at her friend Marin’s place. She needs to get her matters into her own hands and Paxton Dunn’s brand new program at Genymade could give her the opportunity she’s looking for! She can get rid of those trag Welcome to the worst kind of dystopian future at Tokyo station! Everything is sterile, your every move is watched by VIT monitors, SecDivs and your very personal chips! Senna is the only survivor of terrible tragedy who turned into a scapegoat. People are looking for her. She is sick of hiding at her friend Marin’s place. She needs to get her matters into her own hands and Paxton Dunn’s brand new program at Genymade could give her the opportunity she’s looking for! She can get rid of those tragic memories which hold her back to live her life. Just like famous model Zurri recently witnessed her stalker’s suicide at the studio and Han who needs to forget only one significant memory which needs to erased. Those suffering people apply the program. But what if not only their tragic memories disappear but also they lose their entire memories and cannot find who they are. All those participants should cooperate to find a way what they did to them at Genymade. But things they may find out can be more dangerous to face their memories they hardly live with. It was solid, flat story needs a little more world building and character development but the story line was still promising and interesting. I honestly have hard times to connect with the characters and their struggles. Overall : at least it wasn’t boring. Some ideas are still brilliant so I’m giving solid, it didn’t woe me but it was not below the average reading three stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing/Ace for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Delara

    The second I finished this book, I wanted to start my reread to pick up on the clues I'd missed, because you know in any good thriller, there will be loads. This is the kind of science fiction I love: take three divergent personalities from three starkly different backgrounds and throw them together in a claustrophobic station out in space--this time, Ganymede--and watch as they all discover, one after another, what a horrifying mistake they made by going there. Senna believes she is going to the The second I finished this book, I wanted to start my reread to pick up on the clues I'd missed, because you know in any good thriller, there will be loads. This is the kind of science fiction I love: take three divergent personalities from three starkly different backgrounds and throw them together in a claustrophobic station out in space--this time, Ganymede--and watch as they all discover, one after another, what a horrifying mistake they made by going there. Senna believes she is going to the Ganymede facility to have her painful past erased, a second chance at a new and better life. Literally. Memory removal is now possible, claims Paxton Dunn, the quote smartest man in the universe unquote. But from the moment she arrives, she senses something is *off*. Cue a suspenseful mystery full of mind-fuckery™ and sinister intentions, making our characters (and this reader, let's be real) question their realities. Claustrophobic and thrilling, RECLAIMED is a deeply satisfying sci-fi follow up to SALVAGED.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Futuristic dystopian science fiction starts off with an excellent premise but unlikable characters, predictable outcomes, and the usual tropes made it a disappointment after all. Want to get rid of some nasty memories? If you're lucky, you might be selected for an experimental memory erasing technology on Ganymede. The three who arrive to get the special treatment have trauma they want to forget. Senna, Zurri, and Han meet the brilliant founder and developer when they journey to the isolated, icy Futuristic dystopian science fiction starts off with an excellent premise but unlikable characters, predictable outcomes, and the usual tropes made it a disappointment after all. Want to get rid of some nasty memories? If you're lucky, you might be selected for an experimental memory erasing technology on Ganymede. The three who arrive to get the special treatment have trauma they want to forget. Senna, Zurri, and Han meet the brilliant founder and developer when they journey to the isolated, icy outpost to begin their sessions. Paxton Dunn talks a good game and his staff attempts to meet expectations while everything starts to fall apart almost immediately. The first half of the book, told in alternating points of view, was decent world building but then the narrative falls into the typical realization and rebellion pattern familiar to readers. The Sci-Fi elements regarding black holes, etc. were a bit out there and I found the scenario way too difficult to buy into even when trying to suspend disbelief. Since I didn't like any of the characters, I really didn't care much or worry that all wasn't going to turn out OK. I love good science fiction that contains references to colonization of other planets and cutting edge tech, but this fell flat way too soon. The bad guy is a total stereotype and the rest of the characters one dimensional. Oh well. Honestly, it read more like YA/teen fiction than adult fare. Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group, Ace for this e-book ARC to read and review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachaelbookhunter

    Reclaimed is a science fiction novel that takes place far into the future where almost everyone lives in space. When a rich, reclusive genius offers the opportunity to take memories away Senna, Zurri, and Han jump at the chance. They all have something they're desperate to forget, but is it really that simple? Despite not reading a lot of science fiction I had a pretty easy time imagining everything. The world these characters live in is very interesting and there is a lot of potential for more Reclaimed is a science fiction novel that takes place far into the future where almost everyone lives in space. When a rich, reclusive genius offers the opportunity to take memories away Senna, Zurri, and Han jump at the chance. They all have something they're desperate to forget, but is it really that simple? Despite not reading a lot of science fiction I had a pretty easy time imagining everything. The world these characters live in is very interesting and there is a lot of potential for more stories. I liked all of the characters. They are all quite different from one another but still manage to connect with each other. I enjoyed reading from their different points of view. There were several truly creepy moments in Reclaimed. I really enjoyed the writing and wouldn't have minded the book being longer. There is just something about the flow and choice of words that was very pleasant.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Hutchinson

    Great sci-fi mindfuckery

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This book should have been a movie; my rating probably would have doubled. My imagination can't grasp floating lilac and lavender with soft white hues of half orbs propelled in the air...but I did read the whole thing. Meh. This book should have been a movie; my rating probably would have doubled. My imagination can't grasp floating lilac and lavender with soft white hues of half orbs propelled in the air...but I did read the whole thing. Meh.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sandy S

    RECLAIMED by Madeleine Roux is a futuristic, sci-fi, dystopian story line focusing on three humans who have suffered extraordinary personal tragedies, and have been offered a once in a lifetime chance to erase the specific memories from their pasts. Told from several third person perspectives including Senna, Zurri and Han, RECLAIMED is set in the middle of the twenty-third century, when space travel, AI servitors, VIT, and VR are the norm. Wealthy entrepreneur and self-proclaimed genius Paxton D RECLAIMED by Madeleine Roux is a futuristic, sci-fi, dystopian story line focusing on three humans who have suffered extraordinary personal tragedies, and have been offered a once in a lifetime chance to erase the specific memories from their pasts. Told from several third person perspectives including Senna, Zurri and Han, RECLAIMED is set in the middle of the twenty-third century, when space travel, AI servitors, VIT, and VR are the norm. Wealthy entrepreneur and self-proclaimed genius Paxton Dunn has set up an experimental lab, at the Ganymede compound, on one of the moons of Jupiter, and has contacted our three leading characters for his inaugural test subjects and specific memory erasure. All three subjects have suffered through horrific experiences, and Paxton has targeted each for who they are, and what they know but the ‘treatment’ sessions begin to reveal that something is not quite right with Paxton and his crew, and the subjects begin to lose a little more of themselves with each progressive session. Senna is a young woman who has spent most of her life controlled by a charismatic leader, a leader who dominated and restricted every aspect of her life but like many of his type, the need for power and control outweighed the safety of his followers, and in the end Senna is the only one to survive. Loneliness and innocence ooze through her broken façade. Zurri is a super model with an ego to match but a stalker demanded Zurri’s attention. A televised promotion for Zurri’s new line of cosmetics ensured the world watched as her stalker appealed his final challenge. No amount of facial cream will heal the pain or memories of what happened and why. Han is a fourteen year old, computer IT wizard, but he too, lost everything to a man man whose need to control destroyed many lives. On the fast track to genius, Han may become Paxton’s protégé, but a protégé that is about to take down a man he once considered his hero. Madeleine Roux pulls the reader into a story of what ifs and hows? What if someone or something could erase the bad memories leaving only the good ones intact? …but therein lies the problem when memories are erased, what is left behind is a gaping ‘black hole’ of nothing, and in its’ place is darkness and pain. As our three ‘test subjects’ begin to breakdown both physically and emotionally, each will come to realize that their lives are no longer under their control. RECLAIMED is a thought-provoking and aptly cautionary tale of desperation and loneliness, power and obsession, arrogance and egomania, suffering and pain. The premise is twisted and haunting, complex yet equally easy to read. www.thereadingcafe.com

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heron

    What do an ex-cult member who was the sole survivor of a horrendous accident, a model with galaxy-wide fame and a stalker who goes up in literal flames, and a teenage boy genius with complex familial grief have in common? They all have memories they want to get rid of—forever. In Madeleine Roux’s Reclaimed, three individuals stories interweave in a claustrophobic, unsettling thriller set on the icy moon of Ganymede. After a bit of necessary setup, Reclaimed takes off running and doesn’t let up un What do an ex-cult member who was the sole survivor of a horrendous accident, a model with galaxy-wide fame and a stalker who goes up in literal flames, and a teenage boy genius with complex familial grief have in common? They all have memories they want to get rid of—forever. In Madeleine Roux’s Reclaimed, three individuals stories interweave in a claustrophobic, unsettling thriller set on the icy moon of Ganymede. After a bit of necessary setup, Reclaimed takes off running and doesn’t let up until the end. The alternating POVs of Senna, Zurri, and Han are used to great effect, as each of them have vastly different life experiences and reasons for agreeing to the cutting edge project of tech giant Paxton Dunn. Complications are introduced early and continue to snowball into a heart-pounding, page turning thriller, with some cool (if a touch predictable) sci-fi twists. Roux leans on the unreliable nature of memory, on its own and as a result of Paxton Dunn’s project, and combined with the distortion of repeated trauma, it makes for a genuinely and deeply disturbing read. Multiple protagonists are LGBTQIA+, which is always a bonus to me. Aside from some minor complaints about the ending and misogyny as a plot device—though really, what thriller doesn’t lean heavily on misogyny as driving force (at least in my experience)—Reclaimed was an anxiety inducing, engaging, thought provoking read. Though it’s listed as a follow up to Salvaged, this novel can be read on its own. I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great blend of science fiction elements with the traditional beats of a thriller. Thank you to Ace and NetGalley for an advance reading copy. All opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarai Henderson

    Imagine if you could have that one memory that pains you the most removed? Would you do it? Senna was the lone survivor of a tragedy, everyone she knew, dead. The memories haunt her, but when the promise of these memories being removed for good crosses her path, she can't say no. But is it too good to be true? Janky things start happening, and of course as the reader we can see bits and pieces, almost more than the character can, but the author has a wonderful way of holding back just enough infor Imagine if you could have that one memory that pains you the most removed? Would you do it? Senna was the lone survivor of a tragedy, everyone she knew, dead. The memories haunt her, but when the promise of these memories being removed for good crosses her path, she can't say no. But is it too good to be true? Janky things start happening, and of course as the reader we can see bits and pieces, almost more than the character can, but the author has a wonderful way of holding back just enough information to keep you guessing and making you want more. Senna's intuition kicks in pretty early on, but as more and more of her memories are erased, things become harder to clarify. The ending lays all of the questions asked in the story out until everything makes sense. A wonderful wrap up to a mind trip of a book. I really enjoyed reading Senna's story. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Sara | Book Confessions of an ExBallerina

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dani Gobbo (Current Chapter)

    More people should be reading this book!!! This story was told in a really unique way, I was super interested in what was going to happen with these characters the whole way! It's very heavy sci-fi, but it's also a spooky thriller and it's awesome! I think the ending got a bit confusing, there were too many things at once and a few of the "twists" or "explanations" were unnecessary for me, because the important part for me was to know how the characters were going to handle it all. I definitely rec More people should be reading this book!!! This story was told in a really unique way, I was super interested in what was going to happen with these characters the whole way! It's very heavy sci-fi, but it's also a spooky thriller and it's awesome! I think the ending got a bit confusing, there were too many things at once and a few of the "twists" or "explanations" were unnecessary for me, because the important part for me was to know how the characters were going to handle it all. I definitely recommend this to everyone who likes sci-fi thrillers!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Shiveley

    In RECLAIMED Roux’s angular prose and vivid protagonists lure you down the echoing hallways of station Ganymede, each spiral turn and throat slashing twist taking you closer to what lurks at the heart of this story. Page by page you will become unsure that you are ready to know what is really behind that final sealed mag door but your hands much like the wounded minds of the protagonists will betray you and find themselves reaching with fevered anticipation to turn the next page and the next and In RECLAIMED Roux’s angular prose and vivid protagonists lure you down the echoing hallways of station Ganymede, each spiral turn and throat slashing twist taking you closer to what lurks at the heart of this story. Page by page you will become unsure that you are ready to know what is really behind that final sealed mag door but your hands much like the wounded minds of the protagonists will betray you and find themselves reaching with fevered anticipation to turn the next page and the next and the next….

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Madeleine Roux’s science fiction/horror novel Reclaimed takes place a couple hundred years in the future. Earth is in bad shape, and Senna lives on a space station. She has a lot of trauma from a horrible event that left her as the sole survivor, and a reclusive, wealthy, brilliant technologist, Paxton Dunn, offers her a way out: he can erase the traumatic memories, and leave the rest of her intact. Along with her are two other participants. Han, a brilliant 14-year-old boy who idolizes Paxton, Madeleine Roux’s science fiction/horror novel Reclaimed takes place a couple hundred years in the future. Earth is in bad shape, and Senna lives on a space station. She has a lot of trauma from a horrible event that left her as the sole survivor, and a reclusive, wealthy, brilliant technologist, Paxton Dunn, offers her a way out: he can erase the traumatic memories, and leave the rest of her intact. Along with her are two other participants. Han, a brilliant 14-year-old boy who idolizes Paxton, wants to forget details surrounding his mother’s death. Zurri, a supermodel, wants to forget the horrific death of her stalker. Paxton promises the LENG program can help all of them, but there are unexpected side effects, and the participants start to wonder if more memories aren’t being taken away from them than just the ones they expected. The characters are wonderful. Paxton is not the stereotypical reclusive genius. While he surrounds himself with beautiful women, that’s a detail that becomes much more interesting as we learn more about those women. Senna is shy and easily overwhelmed, but she has a great deal of strength inside. Zurri is the very definition of fierce; while she comes across as a demanding diva, she too has that inner strength, and has some very firm moral convictions. Han seems like an arrogant kid, yet he has his own sort of brilliance and his own emotional needs. Not a single character in here disappointed me or felt too one-sided. Senna is the closest we get to a traditionally “likable” character, but they’re all absolutely engaging. They make a particularly intriguing whole as a group–not at all three characters I would have thought to throw together. Most of the book takes place on the barely-inhabited Ganymede. The place is dangerous, and Paxton lives there with just a skeleton crew. There’s intriguing use of some technologies, not always in expected ways. We do eventually see how LENG works, getting a bit more information with each person who’s subjected to the method. The LENG program is very beautifully handled in how it’s revealed to us a bit at a time, via both its effects and the experiences of the three participants. The theme of how our traumas inform who we are, and what might happen if we try to curate our memories, is riveting. This is my second Madeleine Roux book, and I love both of them. I hope she writes more books that take place in this universe, as the combination of horror and science fiction is a favorite of mine! Original review posted on my blog: https://www.errantdreams.com/2021/08/...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sue Davis

    Too juvenile. Disagreeable characters, chaos, what a mess!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Coley

    If you could have the worst days of your life, the worst memories you ever had, removed from your mind completely, would you do it? Reclaimed is a sci-fi thriller about the three people that choose to undergo this experimental treatment and recluse billionaire who developed the cure to removing those memories or traumatic events. Senna was the surviving member of a large cult died en masse during a ship takeover. Zenna’s a model who was stalked by her former manager and watched him die in front If you could have the worst days of your life, the worst memories you ever had, removed from your mind completely, would you do it? Reclaimed is a sci-fi thriller about the three people that choose to undergo this experimental treatment and recluse billionaire who developed the cure to removing those memories or traumatic events. Senna was the surviving member of a large cult died en masse during a ship takeover. Zenna’s a model who was stalked by her former manager and watched him die in front of her, on live tv. Han’s mother died during a crash and he missed all of her phone calls before her death. These three test subjects arrived on the isolated planet, to the Dome, where Paxton, the billionaire and creator of the memory removal treatment is there to greet them, along with his sparse staff. Within the 5 days, Reclaimed takes the reader on a journey through the main characters memories as well as their current plights. This gripping thriller is intriguing and well thought out. I enjoyed each character and their journeys through the novel. 4.5 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa | Lady_Logomancer

    I liked this book! With the MC Senna being scapegoated for something that was not her fault, she hides for a year with a friend. Lonely and feeling like a burden, she applies to be part of a cutting edge program designed to delete your worst memories. As soon as she and two other patients go to the remote treatment location on one of Jupiter’s moons, things start to get really weird! Listen, I love me a bananas book and this totally qualifies. Senna knows something is wrong pretty early on but s I liked this book! With the MC Senna being scapegoated for something that was not her fault, she hides for a year with a friend. Lonely and feeling like a burden, she applies to be part of a cutting edge program designed to delete your worst memories. As soon as she and two other patients go to the remote treatment location on one of Jupiter’s moons, things start to get really weird! Listen, I love me a bananas book and this totally qualifies. Senna knows something is wrong pretty early on but she’s there for a reason and she’s determined to finish this thing out. She’s super vulnerable and I felt like reaching in the book and grabbing her out a few times. It’s like watching a trapped bird and dying to open the window for her. Once you start getting the awesome model and fellow patient Zurri involved though, things really get interesting. Zurri takes no shit from anyone, I seriously loved her. Sure, she’s kind of meant to be brash and spoiled but I liked her the best, a strong woman will always get my vote. The third patient, Han is just a teenage boy and I didn’t connect with him as much but he’s still an important part of the triad. I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll just say that this books is creepy as hell, atmospheric, maddening and entertaining. If you are a fan of movies like Annihilation or Ex Machina you’ll like this. Thank you to @netgalley and @berkleypub for my gifted copy of Reclaimed!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    One Sentence Summary: Senna, Han, and Zurri join an experimental program on an isolated moon to erase painful memories, but things stop adding up, and there’s no way out. Overall Reclaimed tells a fascinating story of how our memories impact us and what might happen if they suddenly become hazy and vanish. Described as a claustrophobic science fiction thriller, I felt it delivered on every front. The world was fascinating and definitely sci-fi and it, and the story made me claustrophobic. There we One Sentence Summary: Senna, Han, and Zurri join an experimental program on an isolated moon to erase painful memories, but things stop adding up, and there’s no way out. Overall Reclaimed tells a fascinating story of how our memories impact us and what might happen if they suddenly become hazy and vanish. Described as a claustrophobic science fiction thriller, I felt it delivered on every front. The world was fascinating and definitely sci-fi and it, and the story made me claustrophobic. There were so many weird things going on in the dome on Ganymede that I couldn’t shake the creepy feeling and the twists and turns had me madly flipping the pages. Despite a slow start to the story, it was a quick read, though I did love the characters enough that I couldn’t read fast enough to find out what happened to them. Extended Thoughts Senna is the sole survivor of a deadly crash on Mars. But, more than that, she’s the sole survivor of the cult that hijacked the spaceship that was used to crash into Mars. Once, she lived completely off the grid, with no implant and no VIT device that literally keeps track of one’s life and offers endless entertainment. Now she’s infamous, and desperate to get rid of the trauma and horrendous memories. Han is a fourteen-year-old boy with a high IQ who worships reclusive genius and billionaire Paxton Dunn. Ever since his mom tragically died, he’s been desperate to forget the last message she ever left for him. And Paxton Dunn might have just the thing to help him. Zurri is a successful model everyone knows, though that doesn’t mean she’s immune to trauma. On her rise to fame, she neglected to form certain boundaries, boundaries that will come back to haunt her in a most horrific and public display. Targeted by Paxton as potential test subjects who can benefit from his unique invention, he invites them for tests before finally inviting them to the distant and dangerous moon Ganymede, where they will live in close quarters with just a handful of other people. There, they will undergo a procedure to remove the traumatic memories, but, no matter how desperate Senna, Han, and Zurri are, they can’t shake the feeling something is very off. Reclaimed starts off slowly, with most of the first half being not much beyond set up and getting the characters into one place. But, once they’re all in the dome on Ganymede, the claustrophobic part of the book description comes into play right away. From there, the story spins away wildly. The distrust was almost palpable to me. Right away, I started to get suspicious, but part of my mind was afraid to speculate. Still, I found some threads kind of frayed and others kind of forgotten. At the end, I felt only one character really got any closure, leaving me wondering about the others and how the experience really impacted them. The characters were the big standouts for me. Even though how the reader is supposed to perceive them is set up right away, I still found them fascinating. Senna, Han, Zurri, and Paxton were so different from each other and had some interesting connections to each other that I felt drawn into their web. I loved the diversity from the mousy blond girl to the black supermodel to the Asian teenager who all held a piece of the puzzle and formed a close trio no matter how Paxton tried to change them, though I wish there had been more focus on the impact of the truth of how some of them were connected. It was fascinating, though, to see how they seemed kind of jerked around as they underwent their treatments to remove unwanted memories. I liked how they retained the core of their characters despite all the things being done to their brains, but I do think the edges could have been softened a little so it didn’t feel like it stuck out so much. Reclaimed tells an interesting story of three people desperate to have certain memories removed, until they are and suddenly something feels like it’s missing. I loved the strange push and pull of them wanting to remove memories and freaking out about the empty spaces. It seems to want to shine a light on how our memories make us who we are and how, no matter what, we’ll still want to hold on to them no matter how painful. I’m fascinated by memories and how our past experiences shape us, so I really enjoyed how the story played out, despite feeling there were maybe a few too many loose ends. The one thing that really disappointed me, though, was how the memory removal science-y, tech-y stuff worked and what powered it. I am not a science-inclined person, so my forays into science fiction are carefully plotted. I expected some explanation I could barely follow, but ended up disappointed with how, well, kind of out there it was. There is some science basis to it, but I haven’t the first idea to how it actually works. The whole mechanism ended up feeling kind of like a cop out to me. A suitable explanation that did add an interesting layer, but overall felt a little too simple. Though I did like the creepy edge to it. And Reclaimed is creepy without being too creepy. There’s something odd about the dome and the reader is introduced to it right away. The words are carefully put on the page and the characters lead the readers on, hinting without overtly saying. There’s a very eerie feeling, though not enough to keep me awake at night. Just creepy enough for me, I suppose, and I scare easily. I loved how the dome immediately made me feel claustrophobic and isolated. There’s more weirdness the longer the characters stay, but the dome itself was fascinating. It felt both entirely mechanized and somehow also breathing on its own. It definitely takes all needs into account, but I also couldn’t shake a watched feeling. Despite a slow start, Reclaimed does tell an interesting story that does offer some food for thought for readers. Once the story got going, the pace picked up and I found myself flying through the pages. I wish more of the story had been focused on it, though it was also interesting to get the backstories of Senna, Han, and Zurri. Overall, a fast science fiction thriller with really interesting characters. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a review copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Saphio

    Oh my gods. This book is simply brilliant. Brilliant. Abso-bloody-lutely brilliant. We have one ex-cult member, the sole survivor of a fatal crash that killed hundreds. One teenage and genius hacker boy whose familial relations were strained. One galaxy-famous model who's stalked by a man that goes up in flames. They all have traumatic memories to get rid of. And this is when they hear of Ganymede. Specifically, Ganymede by the Paxton Dunn, basically universe-wide famous, designed to remove traumatic m Oh my gods. This book is simply brilliant. Brilliant. Abso-bloody-lutely brilliant. We have one ex-cult member, the sole survivor of a fatal crash that killed hundreds. One teenage and genius hacker boy whose familial relations were strained. One galaxy-famous model who's stalked by a man that goes up in flames. They all have traumatic memories to get rid of. And this is when they hear of Ganymede. Specifically, Ganymede by the Paxton Dunn, basically universe-wide famous, designed to remove traumatic memories and help you heal, and move on. It's perfect; it's Eden. No one needs the traumatic memories, so why must they stay? Nothing to worry about; Ganymede's LENG technology will remove it for you. There will be a few minor side effects, but don't worry, nothing will go wrong. . . . right? The shadow. ... I saw is the minute I arrived. It's always been here. Senna considered its presence in her bedroom, the yawning pit of fear that had opened up under her as she watched it watching her from the doorway, darkness living outside of darkness, formless and yet with its own intrinsic density. She amended her thought. No, it hasn't just always been here. It's always been. These characters are the most iconic trio I think I've ever encountered, besides the Golden Trio from Harry Potter. Senna is pure, untouched, but she has a streak of determination and she has damn good instincts. Zurri takes no bullcrap from anyone—what a badass!—and while she might be a liiiittle bit spoiled she's a really strong female lead. (YES!) Han is genius, kind of a mix between Senna's bubble-like existence (if you get what I mean, you know, isolation and all that) and Zurri's brash attitude. They're so different and yet they fit together so well. "What about your friends?" Zurri replied without thinking. "And your family?" She winced. Shit. One of the forbidden topics. [She was ordered not to discuss close family associations with Han.] She decided not to fumble more by trying to cover up what she had said or blurt out an apology; that might only make it worse. Hopefully he just wouldn't notice. But Han did notice, and he paused, gazing up at her with dark and distance eyes. Then he gave her a lopsided grin, the consternation vanishing in a blink. "Stupid. What family?" Cheers! I'll be looking forward to reading from of Madeleine Roux's other books! ⇒ 5 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    I originally fell in love with Madeleine Roux's writing back when Salvaged came out (not that long ago, actually). And now she's bringing readers another science fiction thriller, Reclaimed, and I am all sorts of here for it. The Ganymede compound is offering what seems to be too good to be true. They're offering a fresh start – a total erasure of all the bad memories, leaving one feeling finally and totally free. As the saying goes, what often looks too good to be true... Yet, some cannot look I originally fell in love with Madeleine Roux's writing back when Salvaged came out (not that long ago, actually). And now she's bringing readers another science fiction thriller, Reclaimed, and I am all sorts of here for it. The Ganymede compound is offering what seems to be too good to be true. They're offering a fresh start – a total erasure of all the bad memories, leaving one feeling finally and totally free. As the saying goes, what often looks too good to be true... Yet, some cannot look away from this opportunity. Take Senna; she's gone through hell and back and still to this day faces public outcry whenever her face is recognized. It feels like the only way forward is to remove the person she used to be. To remove the nightmares of her past. “It means we can help you,” Patron told him, offering what smile they could given their strange, alien face. “It means the technology can take it all away.” Wow. Once again, Madeleine Roux has managed to create a novel that simultaneously punches you in the face and the feels. Reclaimed is a tense science fiction novel that raises questions of self, identity, trauma, and the limits of technology. In other words, this book is going to make you think. It's also going to work hard to make you feel something towards the three leading perspectives, all of whom have different reasons for wanting specific memories erased. I'll admit that I didn't like all three characters at first. It took me quite a while to appreciate their complexity. That changed before the book was done, though I'll admit the harsher and sadder parts of their story still hurt to think about. That's how you know a character was written well, I suppose. Overall, I really enjoyed this read and found myself quickly devouring the contents. I think the thing I love the most is that it blended science fiction with horror and thriller elements, thanks mainly to how human beings process trauma. It was fascinating. Thanks to Ace and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own. Check out more reviews over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Reclaimed is a fast paced and exciting story that asks a pretty tough question: Would you have traumatic memories removed if you could? And what would be the cost? I was invested from the start by the premise alone. Because how can the reader not ask themselves that question? The participants in this particular "treatment" have all undergone some seriously life-altering (in the bad way, o You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Reclaimed is a fast paced and exciting story that asks a pretty tough question: Would you have traumatic memories removed if you could? And what would be the cost? I was invested from the start by the premise alone. Because how can the reader not ask themselves that question? The participants in this particular "treatment" have all undergone some seriously life-altering (in the bad way, of course) events, and the ensuing trauma is making it hard for them to live their lives. So when they're presented with the option of basically just slicing out the bad stuff, they're game. But the thing is, if something sounds too good to be true? Yeah, it probably is. Senna, the main character, understandably wants to rid herself of the memories of her space cult (yes, space cult, love it) and its tragic end. The other two participants are dealing with equally harsh life events in which they have lost people close to them, or been harmed. I really felt for them, trying to navigate a very invasive futuristic world where privacy is nearly non-existent, and nearly every person in the universe knows of the events that are destroying them. The atmosphere is incredible, and from the start, you just know that something is "off", and that the rich guy who is offering to provide solace is probably not as advertised. The problem is, of course, the characters' memories are being messed with, and nothing is what it seems. I read this book so quickly, as I was eager to find the answers, and it did not disappoint! Bottom Line: An exciting and thought-provoking adventure, I definitely enjoyed and recommend Reclaimed!

  21. 5 out of 5

    leela

    i absolutely hated the characters at the beginning but the creepy space plot ended up making up for most of if. this was a very rare instance of me not wanting to put a book down, but the problem is, the scenes that made me keep reading always got a time skip afterwards and we never figured out what happened. one character literally dies and comes back and it would’ve taken one sentence to explain that maybe it’s not actually them but for some reason they have the same name — but it’s not explai i absolutely hated the characters at the beginning but the creepy space plot ended up making up for most of if. this was a very rare instance of me not wanting to put a book down, but the problem is, the scenes that made me keep reading always got a time skip afterwards and we never figured out what happened. one character literally dies and comes back and it would’ve taken one sentence to explain that maybe it’s not actually them but for some reason they have the same name — but it’s not explained. there were also two very “wtf happened” and “wtf is going to happen” scenes towards the end. i’m kinda glad we didn’t get details because they alluded to SA, but also i wanted to know how we kept going from point A to point D. a lot of the crucial survival (where senna magically kept not dying and we never learned how) was skipped here. now for the characters: we have vaguely adult “cult girl” (this also made me want to learn a lot more about her cult but alas, we did not), a model, and a teenage boy who gets technology. i thought cult girl & tech boy (senna and han) got a lot more likable throughout the story, but the model (zurri) is just one of those badly written characters to me. she makes her entire personality being a feminist because she doesn’t “comply” …. when her entire job as a model is getting painful plastic surgeries, not eating or taking proper medications, and abusing drugs and alcohol so she could comply. these sides of her clash the entire time and are never addressed, but again her actions with the other characters made her more likable. i was scared this would be bad because of the whole “forget your trauma” plot, but i think it handled this surprisingly well and not in the way we always see (romance is not the solution!!!) and was a fun time. tw: continual theme of SA (not graphic enough for a kid to notice but enough for a teenager to think it’s implied), cults, drug & alcohol abuse

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather Furnas

    I want to start off this review saying I received a copy of this book for free and in exchange I will give my honest review! CHECK THE LINK BELOW FOR MY FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG https://heatherrlynn13.wixsite.com/yo... Unfortunately, my review isn't going to be very positive as I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I was going to. I read all the Asylum books by Madeleine Roux and LOVED them - instantly was hooked, so when I received this copy I was super excited as well but was let down qui I want to start off this review saying I received a copy of this book for free and in exchange I will give my honest review! CHECK THE LINK BELOW FOR MY FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG https://heatherrlynn13.wixsite.com/yo... Unfortunately, my review isn't going to be very positive as I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I was going to. I read all the Asylum books by Madeleine Roux and LOVED them - instantly was hooked, so when I received this copy I was super excited as well but was let down quite a bit. The summary to this book was amazing and it had GREAT potential behind it but the actual plot during the book was lacking and turned out to be WAY more sci-fi than I was expecting. The book just felt like it had too much information so since it was a short book - it felt jumbled and quick and was very hard to follow. I don't mind sci-fi books but sometimes they are hard to follow with all the "nerd lingo" and this book had quite a bit of it - especially the world they were living in was SO FAR in the future that half the stuff going on didn't make sense so it was hard to picture it inside my head as I read. I loved the character though - Roux did a great job at making them all unique and somehow all fit together at the end but that's really all the positive things I have to say about this book. It had SO MUCH potential just wasn't executed correctly - all in my opinion of course. (Who knows you might enjoy it) This doesn't discourage me from reading other books by Roux but maybe I won't read anymore Sci-Fi by her.

  23. 5 out of 5

    P.J.

    Three strangers travel to Ganymede to undergo an experimental treatment to remove their most traumatic memories. Teen brainiac Han wants to forget his mother who died; supermodel Zurri wants to forget the stalker that terrorized her up until his death; and the infamous Senna wants to forget the cult leader who raised her and dragged her into a grisly terrorist act in space. The three have been chosen by Paxton Dunn, billionaire and “smartest man in the universe,” who shrouds himself in secrecy w Three strangers travel to Ganymede to undergo an experimental treatment to remove their most traumatic memories. Teen brainiac Han wants to forget his mother who died; supermodel Zurri wants to forget the stalker that terrorized her up until his death; and the infamous Senna wants to forget the cult leader who raised her and dragged her into a grisly terrorist act in space. The three have been chosen by Paxton Dunn, billionaire and “smartest man in the universe,” who shrouds himself in secrecy while living as a recluse in his isolated research facility on Ganymede. When Han, Zurri, and Senna arrive, the research station seems loaded with creature comforts that are hard to come by on their home station (unless you’re rich like Zurri). Sure, the station feels a little claustrophobic and Paxton is at least a little bit creepy, but they’ll be done with the treatment and possibly happier than ever when they get back home, right? After their first treatment, things get fuzzy for each of the three and Paxton gets weirder, along with his oddly stoic, cookie-cutter attractive staff. As the three guests struggle with sudden holes in their memories, they start piecing together the dangers surrounding them as their powerlessness grows with each treatment. This book was a fun read with some great creepy vibes and an underlying foreboding pulsing through the walls of the space station that makes me want to classify the story as “space gothic.” I liked the three protagonists a lot and I loved the worldbuilding, which was a space-cyber-punk-shiny-glitz feel to it. I was disappointed with Paxton as a villain, mainly because I prefer stories to have a heavier emphasis on character. Paxton makes bold and shocking choices that drive the plot and force the protagonists to fight to survive, which worked well for me. But I never understood what was motivating him, why he chose these particular protagonists to join the experiment, and what led him to be such an evil genius. I liked the way the story hems in the protagonists as it progresses, to the point where I felt like the walls were closing in on the station and the stakes ratcheted up over the course of the story, all the way through a big finale. Two thumbs up for creepy .vibes in this fast-paced sci-fi thriller! Many thanks to Berkeley Publishing Group/Ace for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    On the surface, Han, Senna and Zurri couldn't be more different. Zurri is a famous model; Senna is the lone survivor of a cult (famous in an unwelcome way); and Han is a brilliant young man, but a loner. But they all have one thing in common: a traumatic memory so hard to deal with that when legendary reclusive genius Paxton Dunn offers them a new experimental therapy that can remove targeted memories they jump at the chance. From the moment they arrive at Dunn's remote facility on Ganymede thing On the surface, Han, Senna and Zurri couldn't be more different. Zurri is a famous model; Senna is the lone survivor of a cult (famous in an unwelcome way); and Han is a brilliant young man, but a loner. But they all have one thing in common: a traumatic memory so hard to deal with that when legendary reclusive genius Paxton Dunn offers them a new experimental therapy that can remove targeted memories they jump at the chance. From the moment they arrive at Dunn's remote facility on Ganymede things seem a little off. And once the treatments start all three of them begin feeling increasingly disconnected--not only from their memories, but even from their own sense of self. As they each begin to realize what is happening they find they must work together to escape the facility and an uncertain fate. Reclaimed builds suspense gradually, but really picks up speed once the inconsistencies in the treatment start to reveal themselves. The meaning of the title only becomes clear at the story's climax, but it represents a triumphant breakthrough for the troubled trio. A very satisfying payoff to a thrilling psychological ride. Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced reader's copy. Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced reader's copy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Annie Deo Madeleine Roux is best-known for her YA horror books with two popular series Asylum and House of Furies, however she also released an excellent underrated adult sci-fi/horror novel Salvaged in 2019. Fans of this subgenre will be delighted to know that she has a new novel Reclaimed due out this month which furthers her brand of claustrophobic horror in space. Reclaimed takes place on a small intimate scale introducing us to three damaged Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Annie Deo Madeleine Roux is best-known for her YA horror books with two popular series Asylum and House of Furies, however she also released an excellent underrated adult sci-fi/horror novel Salvaged in 2019. Fans of this subgenre will be delighted to know that she has a new novel Reclaimed due out this month which furthers her brand of claustrophobic horror in space. Reclaimed takes place on a small intimate scale introducing us to three damaged characters struggling to deal (badly) with trauma from their past who seize on the relief offered by the idea of erasing the troublesome memories to allow them to move on with their lives, unburdened by their current emotional pain. The universe that this novel takes place in is very minimally sketched out, but that’s forgivable as it’s largely irrelevant to the story—all you need to know is that this is set two centuries in the future where mankind has spread out among the stars and advanced technology is now commonplace. Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily

  26. 5 out of 5

    Roomies' Digest

    It's a 4 ⭐️ for me! This book follows our MC who has had a traumatic event happen in her life, and thus signs up to undergo an experimental procedure that will take away the bad memories, or so she thinks... This was such a fun sci-fi! I really liked the mystery aspect and the atmosphere the most over everything! There was not a ton of world building, but the world building we got painted a vivid, futuristic world that I could see being our society in the not-so-distant future. I really enjoyed ge It's a 4 ⭐️ for me! This book follows our MC who has had a traumatic event happen in her life, and thus signs up to undergo an experimental procedure that will take away the bad memories, or so she thinks... This was such a fun sci-fi! I really liked the mystery aspect and the atmosphere the most over everything! There was not a ton of world building, but the world building we got painted a vivid, futuristic world that I could see being our society in the not-so-distant future. I really enjoyed getting the three different POVs for this book as well. It kept me on my toes, and it was cool to learn about the two others in the experiment and how they related to our MC. Overall, a really great book! I would say the ending was a little guessable, but it was a fun time getting there and definitely left you questioning what could happen with the characters if the story ever did continue... xx -Christine

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    This was a fun sci-fi thriller. The three main characters all have traumas that they hope forgetting will let them move on and have better futures. The traumas make them fairly sympathetic as they are all grim enough you’d need to be pretty heartless to not pity them. They are all from the same space station which is city sized. It sounds like humans occupy most of the solar system but haven’t gone further. When selected to be the test subjects for a new technology the three of them head to an i This was a fun sci-fi thriller. The three main characters all have traumas that they hope forgetting will let them move on and have better futures. The traumas make them fairly sympathetic as they are all grim enough you’d need to be pretty heartless to not pity them. They are all from the same space station which is city sized. It sounds like humans occupy most of the solar system but haven’t gone further. When selected to be the test subjects for a new technology the three of them head to an isolated base where there’s just the 1 inventor of this technique along with several eerily similar beautiful women as assistants. Obviously there’s nothing wrong here and everything is perfectly normal! As the characters start having memories erased the creepy factor starts ramping up. It’s a fast and fairly short read. They are only on the creepy moon base for a few days which keeps the plot moving right along as a thriller’s plot should go. It’s a good bit of escapism reading,

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I finished this book this morning and forgot to breathe for the last twenty minutes. My phone died and I scrambled for a charger so I could rewind 30 seconds and not miss a beat. It was an agonizing 5 minutes while I waited for my poor phone to hit 5% battery on the charger so I could turn it back on and listen to the end. I immediately wanted to start it over again and pick out all the little details I may have missed the first time through. It's ... SO ... GOOD!? Madeleine is so good at making ch I finished this book this morning and forgot to breathe for the last twenty minutes. My phone died and I scrambled for a charger so I could rewind 30 seconds and not miss a beat. It was an agonizing 5 minutes while I waited for my poor phone to hit 5% battery on the charger so I could turn it back on and listen to the end. I immediately wanted to start it over again and pick out all the little details I may have missed the first time through. It's ... SO ... GOOD!? Madeleine is so good at making characters feel real and multi-dimensional. She also has an uncanny ability to make me fall in love with an antagonist right before they do something atrocious. THIS IS A BOOK. I'M NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE DEEP THOUGHTS OVER THIS BOOK. WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN? HOW? Anyway, I loved every minute of it. The setting was fantastic, the pacing was excellent, the story was top notch. A near-future adventure from start to finish. Absolutely stellar.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you haven't seen "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," watch that instead of reading this book. "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," might also work, but I couldn't sit through it so I can't really say. Short version: If someone offers to take away your pain, tell them to get lost. They're either hucksters how can't deliver, or they're hucksters who take far too much from you. Note this is about existential pain, not about physical pain. If they offer to take away your grief, your heartbr If you haven't seen "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," watch that instead of reading this book. "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," might also work, but I couldn't sit through it so I can't really say. Short version: If someone offers to take away your pain, tell them to get lost. They're either hucksters how can't deliver, or they're hucksters who take far too much from you. Note this is about existential pain, not about physical pain. If they offer to take away your grief, your heartbreak, or your most horrific experience or worst day--that's what we're talking about. I might expand this to talk more about the details of the book and about the improbable secret behind the thing that takes away people's pain -- surprise: it's a black hole remnant that a sleazebag tech billionaire hopes to use to control people and get laid! -- but we'll see.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    I like a good Science Fiction/Fantasy book, and this has all the right ingredients. The idea of an experiment that will successfully remove memories to minimize emotional pain is an interesting premise, and this book did not disappoint. While the original story description focused on one character’s experience, there were three people who participated in the experiment. Each character and the setting of the story were well developed, and contributed to the story’s interest. If you are looking fo I like a good Science Fiction/Fantasy book, and this has all the right ingredients. The idea of an experiment that will successfully remove memories to minimize emotional pain is an interesting premise, and this book did not disappoint. While the original story description focused on one character’s experience, there were three people who participated in the experiment. Each character and the setting of the story were well developed, and contributed to the story’s interest. If you are looking for interesting and creative descriptions, varied personalities, and a story line that will keep you engaged, this is the book you’re looking for. A copy of Reclaimed was provided to me by NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Grooup, Ace, for an honest review.

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