By: Sharon Cameron
Release Date: September 13th 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Print ARC
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Sharon Cameron has such an incredible gift in providing unique stories with characters you relate and root for. The Forgetting was no different than her previous books in this regard but the overall feel was much different- it had a more science fiction/dystopian feel to it. I loved the world building and the city of Canaan was so interesting. These people live off the land and confine themselves to a very strict set of rules put into place by the Counsel. Another thing that sets this city apart is that every 12 years something happens that wipes the memories away from everyone living there.
I can’t fathom how it would feel to live knowing that my memory would inevitably be cleared away and all the people I know and love would be strangers to me. Each person in Canaan keeps a journal with all of their truths written down. These books help to keep the memories and events of a person’s life safe. This story idea was so original and really had me considering what it would be feel like.
The main character, Nadia, was different than everyone else in that she can remember. She holds this as a secret but it has her questioning motives, reasons and how it all happens. I loved exploring the world and characters with Nadia and learning as she did. I felt that she was a really easy character to relate to even though her character rarely speaks.
Nadia’s relationship with Gray was one of my favorite aspects of this book. I loved how their distrust of one another was handled and how through it all they ended up working toward a common goal. Cameron is always so great at creating deep relationships between her characters and the chemistry is always present.
Nadia’s relationships to her family were beautifully executed as well. She has sisters and a mother who withholds affection from her- I couldn’t imagine how lonely Nadia had to be and how much responsibility and sadness came with her ability to remember the past.
As with all of Sharon Cameron’s books, The Forgetting was incredibly well done and an emotional read. The characters were really well developed and I loved all the science fiction bits interwoven with such a strong story line.