The Forgetting

The Forgetting

Book - 2016 | First edition
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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
ISBN: 9780545945219
Branch Call Number: YA CAM
Characteristics: 403 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 28, 2020

I just couldn't put it down. I finished it in a day. I would highly recommend this book.

Oct 04, 2019

Every twelve years the citizens of Canaan simultaneously lose their memories, resulting in a temporary and often violent chaos until their journals are retrieved from the city's archives. The next Forgetting is imminent, and Nadia has a big secret: she, out of everyone, has never actually forgotten. Together with her friend Gray, as they explore the forbidden lands outside the city walls, she begins to suspect that the origins and causes of the Forgetting are far more sinister than the stories they've been told all their lives.

While I had some difficulty getting into the story during the first three or so chapters, after that it was off to the races and it was a challenge to put it down. It's a neat twist on the teen dystopia genre. Though a sequel has been written, I'm not sure it needs one; it stands on its own pretty well.

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.

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.

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