I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Series: The Forgetting #1
Length: 13 Hours 6 Minutes
Published by Scholastic Inc. on September 13th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance
Format: Audiobook, ARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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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.
Why Did I Listen To The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron?
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron has an overwhelming amount of good marks and reviews from my goodreads friends, even the ones who are tough to please. (I count myself among easy to please, FYI). PLUS, it had been taking up a good amount of space on the bookshelf next to my bed. Thus, I decided the time was now to finally listen to Sharon Cameron’s book. I mean, the ARC came as a surprise copy to my house. So, I really aside from a quick glance of the overwhelmingly good reviews, went into this book not knowing a whole lot. The audiobook was my medium of choice as I was busy reading the Seven Realms series via physical copy and audio meant I would get to this book a whole lot faster.
What’s The Story Here?
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron focuses on this girl named Nadia who lives in the city of Canaan. It’s pretty safe where she lives, the place is all walled up as well. Only, every twelve years everyone forgets everything. The only link to what happened before are the books that each person has attached to them. However, come to think of it, how is it that the people are able to remember how to read when they have no memories of all that came before?
Anyways, the next forgetting is coming up. Nadia, however, has this secret. She actually did not forget during the last forgetting. In fact, Nadia begins to use these memories that she has to figure out what exactly happened. She ends up discovering some secrets, along with Grey, who is the glassblower’s son. Yes, that’s right, there’s ROMANCE in this book. Also, it’s the first of a series and the ending has me pretty pumped to listen to book two, The Knowing.
How Did I Like It?
Overall, I enjoyed The Forgetting. It was good going into it not really knowing what to expect – except that my friends had enjoyed it. I felt like listening to it, I had no weight of hype to guide my feelings. Nadia and Grey really had me rooting for them. Cameron writes characters that are quite endearing. I also felt like the world building was really interesting. It reminded me a little bit of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking books, even though both are drastically different. In all, this book is very well written.
How’s The Narration?
The audiobook of The Forgetting is narrated by Thérèse Plummer, whose narrated many young adult audiobooks. She’s a total professional and you can tell as you listen. The audiobook is captivating and well paced. It is a bit long – coming in at over 13 hours – slightly. However, it’s also a detailed story with a whole lot of action and reveals and twists and turns.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
Remember how easily the Men In Black are able to make people forget things? YEP.
Other reviews of The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron:
- Andi’s ABCs – “mostly lived up to my expectations“
- My Friends Are Fiction – “incredibly well done and an emotional read“
- Badass Book Reviews – “I also wasn’t sold on the romance“