The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron//Book Review

Title: The Forgetting

Series: The Forgetting series

Author: Sharon Cameron

Genre: YA Science Fiction Dystopian

Release Date: September 13th, 2016

Goodreads Description:

What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Characters:4/5 I didn’t feel like you really got to know the characters aside from the main character and she didn’t really have much of a personality in my opinion. The only one in this town who hasn’t forgotten anything and she doesn’t have much of a personality. BUT I felt like the dynamic of the characters towards the end of the book were very interesting. So I gave characters an extra point for that.

Setting: 4/5 The dynamic of the town is very interesting! You find out how the town works, how the forgetting works and how the town got started.

Plot: 5/5 I wish I could give it extra points because I loved the story so much. I was actually surprised with the reasonings behind the Forgetting and what causes it. As the mystery started unraveling I was more and more enthralled with the story.

Relationships:5/5 I found the relationships in this book even more exciting because of the threat of the forgetting. You forget who you are, who your lover is, who your children are, all you have is this book telling you their name. Books can get mixed up and come the forgetting, you could have a child that isn’t actually yours! You don’t remember what made you love your partner only that apparently you did. It’s scary and thrilling. Will you fall back in love again or will all you have is a book telling you about a love that was supposedly yours? It made the relationships between the characters interesting. Could you fall in love with someone knowing that in less than 12 years, They will forget all about it? It made the romantic relationship between the main characters more interesting as well. Especially at the end as the forgetting loomed closer.

Cover (Not factored into review): 4/5

Should you read it? Yes. The concept is very interesting and the story does not disappoint. Despite the main character being a little boring, she wasn’t an annoying character and so didn’t hinder the story at all. She was actually pretty smart and the relationship between her and Gray was really sweet. This was a really good read.

In the Forgetting, the citizens are taught to always right the truth. Would you only write the truth in your books or do you think you would embellish and make your previous life sound a little more exciting or perfect? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

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