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Summary

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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  • L Swanson
  • 26-10-16

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-17

Good story line

I loved the idea of the book but I had to return it because I did not enjoy the narrator's voice she was whisper-talking and you could here her deadly breathing.

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  • Chemo Angel
  • 02-12-17

Good Book!

I enjoyed this book, however the narrator whispered throughout most of it. It became annoying 5 minutes in.

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  • D. A. Nelson
  • 25-12-16

The narrator kills it (not in a good way)

What did you like best about this story?

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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  • bugs
  • 06-06-18

Awful narration

The narrator reads in a whisper like voice that is almost painful to listen to and difficult to follow. Makes it hard to appreciate the story and plot.

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  • Lacy Jae
  • 30-12-16

Unusual World Concept

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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.

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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!

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  • Buttercup Thelen
  • 12-11-16

Enjoyable

This got a bit canned toward the middle in terms of YA dystopian worlds, but it took a satisfying turn toward the end that kept my interest. Fun bit of sci-fi.

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  • Maria H.
  • 24-09-16

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-12-18

it was stoning

i loved it except for the fact that in the middle of the book it turns into a love story

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  • The Book Dragon
  • 30-09-18

Addicting!

I love the narrator. And though it starts off a bit overly whispery, it quickly changes and the change in the way the narrator talks adds a depth to the story as the main character changes.This book left me with a huge hangover. I loved it. The way the author handled the twists and turns and mystery was beautiful.