Book Review: The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Posted on 11/28/2016 in Book Review / 3 Comments

Book Review: The Forgetting by Sharon CameronThe Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Published by Scholastic Press on September 13th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science-fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 403
Format: Hardcover
Source: Book Subscription Box
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What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes.\r\nNadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.\r\n\r\nIn Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.\r\n\r\nBut when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.\r\n

Nadia remembers. In a world that basically resets every twelve years, being the person who remembers is a very lonely –  not to mention dangerous – position to be in. The only memories people have are the ones that they write in the books that they carry with them at all times. But how true are their memories? What would happen if anyone found out that Nadia has never forgotten? The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron was the book that came in the September Uppercase Box. I wasn’t familiar with the author, but the plot sounded interesting and the cover is gorgeous! I liked Nadia. She was very quiet, but extremely ballsy. She would regularly sneak across the wall to the “outside” and she put her neck on the line several times to get things done. But what really sold this book for me was the twist. I didn’t even see it coming, and BAM! The whole book became different. No spoilers, but I liked the direction that it took. It was different, and it made what probably would’ve been just another book a whole lot more interesting. I also found the exploration of what people will do when they know everything is about to be forgotten very interesting, and somewhat chilling. Violence, deceit, even starting over with a new life and a new family. Life seemed precarious and downright scary. The danger of becoming one of the Lost always seemed to be looming. The action definitely picked up toward the end of the story, with one revelation after another.  This is a standalone novel, and I liked the way that the story wrapped up. Most of all, I’m still thinking about that twist!  

“The past is never really gone. It only lies in wait for you, remembered or forgotten.”

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Jessica’s addiction to books began at age 4, going on weekly trips to the library with her mom. After being a young fan of Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club, she discovered the thrill of reading a book that made her want to leave the light on and check under the bed. Her all-time favorite author is Stephen King, but she will read just about anything! Jessica never leaves home without her e-reader, and considers it the best gift she ever received. Her other hobbies include running and going to Disney World as often as possible.


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3 responses to “Book Review: The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

    • I probably wouldn’t have picked it up, either, had it not come in my Uppercase Box. That’s the great thing about subscription boxes – I’ve discovered some really good books that were outside of my usual genres!

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