The Forgetting

The Forgetting

eBook - 2016
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Canaan is a quiet city on an idyllic world, hemmed in by high walls, but every twelve years the town breaks out in a chaos of bloody violence, after which all the people undergo the Forgetting, in which they are left without any trace of memory of themselves, their families, or their lives--but somehow seventeen-year-old Nadia has never forgotten, and she is determined to find out what causes it and how to put a stop to the Forgetting forever.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780545945226
0545945224
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (403 pages)

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AnnJoshua
Mar 15, 2019

This is a great book! It was very suspenseful in the second half of the book; I was all wrapped up it in. I love the author's idea and the plot twists that occur throughout the story; I love the "adventure" and "mystery" aspects, making it different from other sci-fi books. However, I would prefer a little less romance between Nadia and Gray. I wish the sequel had the same main characters.

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bookycakes
Jan 27, 2019

A slow, intense buildup that took a little while for me to get into, but ultimately paid off. Definitely reminiscent of The Giver in themes and feel, but a completely unique story. I LOVE the ship (100 stars to the ship, everyone) and it ended in a satisfying way. There's a companion, but I'm not sure if I'm going to continue, because I really liked where this one ended and the second is set like 100 years into the future or something. Anyway, if you're looking for thoughtful science fiction that isn't really space-y, try this one.

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susan_findlay
Nov 30, 2018

This book reminded me of The Giver. The setting is different, but the themes and feel of the book are quite similar - a society in which the human experience is quite different from ours and the protagonist, while raised in that society, doesn't quite fit because they are more like us. There is the tension of knowing that something isn't quite right. There are the surprises as you discover you guessed wrong. And there is a truly lovable young protagonist.

I also found it very refreshing to read a young adult book told from a single perspective. While it can be well done, I get tired of the current trend where the narrator switches every chapter. I find it much easier to get attached to the main character if I spend the whole book with them.

Highly recommend.

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white_dove_652
Sep 11, 2018

this book is so cool. i rlly like the part when Nadia slaps grey IN. THE. FREAKING. FACE. but there are some really dumb parts too. like when her mom stabs herself because of the memories she has. and her sister sits with Jonathan of the council, and thinks she should be forgotten.

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oliviatuck
Jun 28, 2018

this book takes comitment till about half way through then your hooked this is a cool book but a tiny bit confusing and twisted

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blue_dog_31717
May 06, 2018

Not only is this book a GREAT read, but it also gets you thinking. The author nails the twists and turns and has one of the, if not the, best ending I have ever read in a book. I would easily recommend this book to anyone, and easily support its push to join Cafe Books 2017-2018 list.

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Indigo_Crescent
Mar 27, 2018

This book captivated my while I read it. I never lost interest and got sucked in the story-line and characters. Sharon Cameron truly accomplished something with this book. What she accomplished in one book I've seen authors accomplish in a series. I loved this book and wished the sequel was about the original characters. But I love this book and would recommend it to people who like mild romance, sci-fi, adventure, mystery, and plot twists.

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booknrrd
Oct 05, 2017

A 2018-2019 Missouri Truman Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 6-8).

Every 12 years the forgetting happens, and the community of Canaan is plunged first into chaos in the days leading up to the forgetting then confusion as people awaken to a world purged of its memories. Except seventeen-year-old Nadia who has never forgotten. It is almost time for the next Forgetting, and Nadia is determined to figure out what causes it and if it can be stopped.

For me, this book took a while to get going, but once it did it was a pretty compelling read. It was an intriguing concept, and Cameron builds the tension well. I wished we had a little bit more time to explore Nadia's relationship with her family.

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c23133
Mar 24, 2017

While I like Cameron Sharon, I'm disappointed that she follows the typical teen novel trends in this story that teach a lack of self control in romance. I don't think this type of literature will help teens live morality or grow in strength of will. It's a pity that most novels seem to follow this trend.

Putting this and a few other things aside, the rest of the story was thought provoking and interesting.

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joywolf83
Mar 03, 2017

A thought-provoking book on what memory is and how it affects you and your identity. Spunky, strong heroine with strong ties to her family is the main character. Stay away from spoilers. Page 200 there is a startlingly revelation. Lots of twists and turns with romance thrown in on the side. One of the side villans ends up with a fasnating back story. Intriguing as far as story building and plot development goes. Its a long 400 pages. This is first in a series but the rest will probably just have the same characters. This one wrapped up every single detail from beginning to end. Because of the subject matter and questions that arose, this would be on my top 20.

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