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.
"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.
"loved it fans of hunger games will enjoy"
really left me wanting a sequel. great book with a hunger games feel .. not copycat.. very unique story. i loved it!
"Unlikely Hero Story"
No Spoilers: This story had mystery, a few "didn't see that coming", romance, and some action. It also had some "inaction" that I know annoyed myself and a few other reviewers. The main character is an extreme introvert and struggles with outward communication. However, its written so you can hear her thoughts, so you can still follow along, as she often doesn't respond to questions from the other characters. However, the story itself was beautifully written, her shyness is simply a character trait. So if you love stories about unlikely heroes, then you'll love her! The story is unique and exciting.
"Better Than You Think It Will Be"
Top 10%. I rank audiobooks based on how much I look forward to listening and how often I think of the book when I'm not listening. This is based on my emotional investment in the story and The Forgetting, despite its flaws allows for a deep emotional investment.
When Nadia is faced with an impossible decision and must navigate her way through a great hardship. Does she force Grey to forget in order to save him from pain? This was a microchasm of the main theme of the novel. For one moment Nadia was faced with the same decision Janice must have encountered early on in Canaan's history. Is Forgetting a gift or a curse? Who should have the right to decide? When Nadia must decide to end Grey's physical pain by forcibly making him forget, buying her and him a temporary respite from Janice's inquisition, it is she that has brought Grey's worst fear to life, not Janice.
She was able to capture the emotional core of the protagonist. Though a bit overly dramatic at times, Plummer's narrative style was very well suited to the tone of the novel.
When Nadia allowed Grey to remove her book from her waist before they leaped into the water from the cliff above.
Can't wait for the companion novel The Knowing to come out later this year!
"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.
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