(The Forgetting #2)
by Sharon Cameron
Science Fiction / Fantasy / Dystopian
Publication Date: October 10th, 2017
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Samara doesn’t forget. And she isn’t the only one. Safe underground in the city of New Canaan, she lives in a privileged world free from the Forgetting. Yet she wonders if she really is free, with the memories that plague her and secrets that surround her. Samara is determined to unearth the answers, even if she must escape to the old, cursed city of Canaan to find them.
Someone else is on their way to Canaan too . . . a spaceship from Earth is heading toward the planet, like a figment of the city’s forgotten past. Beck is traveling with his parents, researchers tasked with finding the abandoned settlement effort. When Beck is stranded without communication, he will find more in Canaan than he was ever trained for. What will happen when worlds and memories, beliefs — and truths — collide?
Other Books in the Series:
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.
See my review for THE FORGETTING (THE FORGETTING #1) right here!
About the Author:
Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Quick Reasons: awesome use of a companion novel; I was a little confused about the timeline; some interesting, unexpected twists; complex characters and story; lots of questions from book 1 answered; fantastic world-building
HUGE thanks to Sharon Cameron, Scholastic Press, and Rockstar Book Tours for sending me a gorgeous ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
And what an adventure this was, Penguins! As you may recall, I finished The Forgetting several months ago and absolutely could not wait to dive into the next journey! I was not expecting this second book to be set in a totally different time period going in…though I have to admit I think this was a brilliant way for Sharon Cameron to approach this companion novel! What better way to actually know this world, after all, if not to see it from two different generations?
I also really enjoyed the way Sharon Cameron played with the idea of disease and sickness. In this particular world, I found it interesting that the gap between generations would bring about such a huge turn-around in thinking. The statements this makes about human nature also really struck a note with me. I feel, overall, that Sharon Cameron gave me a much better insight into myself/the world–huge kudos to her for that!
Told from several POVs, this story was wild from the start, sucking me into the heart of the action and holding me hostage. Sharon Cameron has a knack for crafting gorgeously detailed, poignant sentences that stick to readers as if they’ve been glued on. I had such a hard time picking out favorite lines for this reason–I wanted to share them ALL!
This was such a fascinating, adventurous read–I am so glad I was given the chance to continue my journey across this world. The characters are vibrant, the world-building exquisite, and the statements about human nature are so easy to relate to and grasp. I’d recommend this series to curious truth-seekers, lovers of wide-arcing journeys, and those who always want to know “what if.” Look deeper for the answers, Penguins; you might be surprised by what you find!