Book Review: The Forgetting – Sharon Cameron

Yay it’s Chinese New Year Holiday so let’s see if I can finish up Three Dark Crowns today as well… Because there’s homework and procrastination… and manga…


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Name: The Forgetting
Author: Sharon Cameron
Publisher(s): Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 13, 2016

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.


Book Cover Comments

Getting this in hardback was worth it. The cover jacket is slightly shimmery, and you can feel the words and the tree which is just wickedly awesome. The concept of the tree is also really cool. There are also a few golden words and some tiny details printed on the naked cover, which is just sick.


The Review

I think the Forgetting was pretty cool. The entire concept of a cycle of forgetting memories isn’t actually new to me. Ah yes, brings back all dem’ good memories of Amagi Brilliant Park. Yes people it’s an anime that you definitely should watch if you enjoy comedy. And why does it remind me of Amagi?

Spoiler Alert so if you don’t want it, skip this sentence and image. Well you see there’s that tree there. And the Forgetting’s cover also has a tree. Unlike the book, the tree below reverts a curse when in Full Bloom, and the book, you see, does the opposite.

I mean anyone who saw this anime would have this coming at them, wouldn’t they? Just me? ok.Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 1.16.57 PM.png

Canaan is just way too idealistic in a way. Everything seems to be overly in order and perfect.. But it is because of that “purity” that the plot is able to move forward.

Nadia is a really interesting character. She goes against a lot of concepts that society wants to set for her, to step into the dark and find out what is really going on. When you are the only one who remembers anything, it’s kind of scary, isn’t it? When you are the only person who would understand and remember the most.
The life of Nadia that we see in this book, other than the main plot of figuring out what is going on behind Canaan is full of twists and turns, relationship issues and blooms. It might be unnecessary to the ultimate plot, but all these side characters are what helps Nadia achieve the final goal and for her to find loopholes in order to find the truth.

I really liked the complicated truths and revelations that the book has. It just keeps my head-hard drive spinning the entire time trying to figure out what’s going on. Not that I like the fact that I can’t get to the point. It can be really really confusing at times. I felt like some of the points could be better explained, but it’s probably just me.

The pace of this book is also rather slow despite spanning over I think, 78 days? Yes. And it’s also one of those books where the action comes in pretty much wayyy later into the book.

So if you guys check out the categories this book is in, it is also under Science Fiction. And that part will come in when some of the biggest revelations of the book enter. I think the entire concept of what Science Fiction the author puts in this book is really interesting. (spoilers in this sentence) The way the author touches the concept of modern technology (yes i kinda spoiled it geeez) from a completely isolated society is really interesting, though I also got confused at the revelations part, haha.

The romance is really light in this book, not much going on, but it’s just me who wants these fantastical love stories. Haha.

After every chapter, a page from Nadia’s diary is inserted, and I find those really interesting, to know some of Nadia’s deepest and most intriguing thoughts.


I think this book is great for those who want a little science twist in a calm and “pure”-like society, as well as those who like a lot of riddles and revelations.

 

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