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.
"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.
"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.
"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!
"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.
"A so, so book"
I don't know if this book would have been better if the reader wouldn't have read the main character (Nadia) and the main narrative (which was in Nadia's voice) so poorly. It was overly dramatic and every word was punctuated with a gasping half-sob. At one point in the book, Nadia says that she is crying, and she never cries...the way this book is read it sounds like she is on the verge of tears or actually sobbing the WHOLE TIME. It was really hard to get through this book because of the reader.
I don't think this book was particularly well written, but the story itself was fairly compelling. It was much longer than it needed to be and there is a lot of general teenage angst that drives the narrative (which can be frustrating if you don't constantly remind yourself that the protagonist is a teenager).
Not the worst book I have listened to, but not the best either.
"Girls from 12 to 24 Yes, Otherwise... not so much."
This book didn't work for me, but that doesn't mean it won't work for you.
Although the book didn't appeal to me, it doesn't mean that it's a bad book. I am giving it 4 stars because I think it would be a good book for young girls who like light romance. I'm deducting a star because of a few plot holes that were jarring, but I do not really think it would bother most teenagers.
This has some of the characteristics of the Hunger Games: A strong female character assuming a leadership role where the mother is weak, the father is not immediately present and the sisters impact the protagonist's decisions because the antagonist can pose a threat, so you can take that for what it's worth. Hmmmm....
But, I do think it would appeal to a younger crowd.
If you're a hard core sci-fi fan you might want to reconsider. That's why I got the book, and I was disappointed in that regard.
The narrator has a whisper style of speaking. Make sure you sample before you buy this. It was annoying, but I felt I could tolerate the delivery.
I usually don't write reviews on books unless I'm horribly put off, enamored or I disagree with the other reviews, but I wanted to explain what kind of book this is so you can decide if it's the kind of book you like.
"Mixed emotions on this one..."
I'd say 3.5 stars. Not a bad book. You get a lot of the "staples" of a dystopian type novel, but the overall concept is something different and unique. I liked this book... but I have to be honest and say I didn't love it. It was a pretty simple follow, but some of it felt like it was trying to hit certain points that a lot of the YA trends all contain in the past few years, and almost seemed a bit forced or off path in a few of those moments. I also have to be honest in saying that certain moments the narrator came of a bit more whiny and pitchy than I prefer.
"I will not forget this book!"
Interesting, different, enjoyable
This book reminded me of the divergent series, and was just as enjoyable. It took me a few minutes to get into the story line, but once I was in, I was hooked. It is the kind of book where I actually wanted my commute to last longer so that I could keep listening.
"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.
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