In a society that loses its collective memory, one girl remembers everything.
The beloved author of Rook, Sharon Cameron, takes listeners by storm with her brilliant foray into science fiction.
Seventeen-year-old Nadia lives in Canaan, a quiet city in an idyllic world, hemmed in by high walls that are constructed of a material no one in her town recognizes. Every 12 years the people of Canaan undergo a collective Forgetting; in the days before, the town devolves into a chaos of bloody violence, and afterward the people are left without any trace of memory of themselves, their families, their lives.
Nadia has never forgotten, however. As the next Forgetting approaches, Nadia is determined to find out what causes it and whether there is any way to stop it. With the help of Gray, the glassblower's handsome son, she discovers that there is a devious plot afoot, one that keeps the people of Canaan permanently subdued. Will Nadia be able to solve the mystery before the people forget the truth? And before Gray forgets her?
A remarkable story of memory and loss, love and indomitable courage.
©2016 Sharon Cameron (P)2016 Scholastic Inc.
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"Beautiful Singular Story"
A self contained masterpiece both in writing and narrative. Unique and haunting. Sci fi , fantasy, and romance well blended into the newest idea I've read in a long time.
"Unusual World Concept"
Her voice was very emotional, and fit the scenes and emotions she was reading perfectly. I found myself thinking more than once that it was a very good voice actor choice.
This was a surprise hit for me. The summary sounded interesting enough to purchase on a sale, and I'm very glad I did. It's a very interesting concept, that everyone unwillingly loses everything about who they are except what they've written in their books. I fell right in with the characters and their emotions and driving ideas. Loved it!
"a wonderful listen"
the narrator did a wonderful job with differentiating between characters, putting emotion and growth into the main character, and making the story feel complete. the story itself is not what I expected. Sharon Cameron has done it again. Her ability to manipulate and mingle the setting of the book with the world we know and making something fantastic and unexpected is amazing. A step further this time, compared to Rook, and I enjoyed it all. trying to figure things out as the characters themselves were added to the surprise. I can't wait for more from Ms. Cameron.
"not the best"
struggled to finish this book. not worth a credit. I think it was just was alot of repetition. and explaining things that didn't need to be explained , probably just to make book longer because they couldn't think of anything else to write. needed more ....
"Worth a read"
The book started out a bit slow, boring, and confusing but got interesting before I was ready to abandon listening! While there were some logic flaws (never my favorite thing), the premise and the plot was intriguing, the characters were engaging, and the writing was good. I thought the pacing dragged just a tad in places but that may be because I was listening rather than reading.
"Worth the listen"
This was definitely worth listening too! A little slow at first, but if you can stick with it, the end is very exciting. Great standalone. Narrator is a delight.
"The narrator kills it (not in a good way)"
I found the premise and first chapter and a half interesting, but finally couldn't take the whiney stage whisper the narrator chose to use for the main character. I had my doubts from the audio sample, but I'll be getting my credit refunded for this book and reading it the old-fashioned way instead.
It was a fairly decent story, but it's a lot like Dark Eden or Maze Runner. The thing that annoyed me most was the narrator. It sounded like she whispered the first half of the book.
The story was unique and surprising and I read a lot of YA. I got to know the characters as real and reliable people. There was a little too much smirking on the male's side. Cute but overused. The reader was wonderful. She was pleasant on the ear but her choices fit my expectations. Appropriate for tweens as well as old folks like me.
"A different read."
A very enjoyable book. Didn't want to put it down. Well written and very well narrated.
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