The Forgetting

The Forgetting

Book - 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: 9780545945219
Branch Call Number: YA CAMERON 2016
Characteristics: pages cm


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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Feb 24, 2017

“At the first sunrising of the twelfth year, they will forget . . . Their books will be their memories, their written past selves. They will write in their books . . . They will write the truth . . . If a book is lost, then so are they lost. I am made of my memories. Without memories, they are nothing.” Nadia is one of the few people that will not forget. The big mystery that Nadia wants to solve is why there is a “Forgetting.” Were things that bad? Nadia, along with Gray, work to unravel the mystery behind the “Forgetting” and why most people forget and a few do not. Nadia, with the help of Gray, will try to stop the “Forgetting.” Some people may want to forget the things they have done. Nadia wants her family to remember her but she does not want Gray to forget. The book was slow to develop but about half way through things begin to come together. Worth it to keep reading!

This book has everything - a little bit of fantasy, romance, sci-fi, and mystery. Every twelve years people forget who they are, so they keep diaries to remind themselves! A great read if like books about identity construction and secret societies, with interesting twists!


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Dec 07, 2018

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May 06, 2018

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Oct 05, 2017

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