What if you were the only one who remembered what happened? That’s the basic premise for THE FORGETTING by Sharon Cameron. The main character is a girl named Nadia who isn’t afflicted by the the forgetting that happens every 12 years where she lives. In the last forgetting Nadia was 5, but she remembers the guy who used to be her father who traded her family for another, and the boy who used to be lost but isn’t anymore. The only thing people have are their books, where they are to write their truth. Not everyone writes the whole truth. Nadia remembers what everyone else has forgotten.
This whole story takes place in Canaan, a town surrounded by walls. In the beginning we see Nadia going over the wall, which creates problems for her siblings. Their mother is crazy and prone to hurting herself. The oldest sister hates her and the little sister is kind and sweet. Nadia is in the middle, but she doesn’t talk much. To most people, Nadia doesn’t talk at all. When a boy named Gray catches Nadia going over the wall, he blackmails her into taking him with her. Together they discover more than what is behind the wall. Nadia and Gray discover the truth about their town and the evil person set on keeping them all forgetting.
I was really into this story. Nadia is a good character who sees a lot and keeps her mouth shut. Gray is a nice boy who is misjudged. None of the other side characters are given much depth, but the main story is Nadia and Gray anyways. I liked the idea of a whole town forgetting everything every 12 years. The only thing that keeps people in line is what they write in their books. I liked the idea of writing, or not writing whatever you want.
At first, I thought this town was just isolated from society, but the author had something more grand in mind. These people are truly alone in their location. I loved the sci-fi aspect rolled into this dystopian story. The author lays out the foundation for the town and leaves just enough to the imagination to give the reader an outline to imagine the details. I enjoyed that and the fragile society so much. The romance was a slow burn that literally blossomed as the story progressed. I wanted this pairing so much for the characters. They needed each other.
I don’t really have much negative to say about this story, except maybe that I would have liked to see more of these characters after the book ended. I feel like I still have some questions. I liked the genre flip the author pulled off. I think the biggest positive for me in reading this book is that it made me think about memories and forgetting. Would I trade this for that? What if I forgot who I was every 12 years? What a nightmare, and an opportunity. This is really a unique YA story that I highly recommend.
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Published by Scholastic Inc. on September 13th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance
ARC provided by Scholastic
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.