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Recall Paradox



The Memory Index Series #2

What if everything you remember is a lie? The epic conclusion to the acclaimed The Memory Index duology.

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 The Memory Index duologythe 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.



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The Recall Paradox hooked me from page one and refused to let me go until I finished. Like The Memory Index, this sequel is at once a thrilling dystopian adventure and a beautiful meditation on grief, memory, and humanity.”

— Nicole Zelniker, Forward Indie Book Award Finalist and author of Until We Fall

The Recall Paradox is a mind-bending, action-packed, and heartfelt novel that merges sentimentality with science, challenges the connection between history and memory, and reinforces the importance of self-discovery and friendship. Vaca has delivered more than a book; this sequel is a warning to protect everything you know and love before they are rewritten.”

— Nathan Elias, author of
Coil Quake Rift

The Recall Paradox starts with a bang and never lets off the gas. This trippy, thought-provoking thrill ride is full of mystery and heart. Julian R. Vaca created a world in which memory is in constant flux and then filled it with a cast of indelible characters who are impossible to forget.”

— ALA/YALSA Alex Award–winning author Rob Rufus


Julian Vaca Web Author


Julian R. Vaca has been a creative writer for over a decade. He's a staff writer on PBS's Reconnecting Roots, a nationally broadcast show that drew in millions of viewers over its first two seasons. He's also the co-writer of Pencil Test, a feature-length documentary that's being executive produced by Disney animation legend Tom Bancroft (Earnest Films, 2023). Julian lives in Nashville with his family.

Connect with Julian:

Instagram: @JulianRayVaca
Twitter: @JulianRVaca
Facebook: @JulianRVaca


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