Wednesday, May 10, 2017

28. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

read on my iPhone
2016 Scholastic
 416 pgs.
YA Dystopia/Fantasy
Finished 5/10/2017
Goodreads rating: 3.98 - 3921 ratings
My rating: 4.5
Setting: Canaan...on another planet, though residents are from the future

First line/s: "I'm going to be flogged and I don't know why I'm so surprised about it."

My comments:  There are some reviewers that didn't like the book at all.  That's certainly not me.  I was mesmerized from the opening page.  I tried to savor it slowly, not wanting it to end, not even trying to figure out what direction it would go in next.  It was a true dystopia and mystery with excellent world building and even a little bit of the love-dovey stuff that didn't go far and worked for me.  A great young adult novel, as far as I'm concerned.  Hopefully there will be a second in the series!

Goodreads synopsis:  What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes.
          Nadia 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.
          In 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.
          But 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.

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