Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Forgetting (#1) by Sharon Cameron-- I Found A YA Dystopian to Read!!

The Forgetting (#1)

Every 12 years in the city of Canaan, the people forget.  The way they adapt, is to write everything down and tether it to their bodies, otherwise they will be "lost".  But even with all the precautions, chaos ensues just before every forgetting-- some people want to start their lives over, some know they won't remember, so they do unthinkable things, etc.

Nadia knows all of this because she doesn't forget-- a fact she keeps to herself.  She knows the man who is her real father changed her family's books and started his life over during the last Forgetting.  She also isn't afraid to leave the walls of the city, and does so even though it's forbidden.  The things Nadia knows and begins to find out becomes dangerous.  The secrets of her city go much further than she could ever imagine, and with the Forgetting upon them, she doesn't have much time to unravel them all.













For whatever reason, I have SO been in the mood for some Dystopian Hunger Games-like stuff, and of course I'm like 4 years too late.  The Dystopian fad is clearly over--- which YAY, because all those forced HG knock-offs were getting SO old-- but that doesn't mean I want them to go extinct!!  There's still room for the good ones isn't there??

Enter The Forgetting.  I was recommended this book, and since I had it lying around, I decided to give it a try.  I was instantly hooked.  I loved the idea that everyone forgot, but Nadia didn't.  It was a secret that was dangerous and begging to come out.  I loved that she knew stuff about people that THEY didn't know about themselves-- including her own family.  Reading about how she had to keep all that inside made me feel so sorry for her-- and it made me want to keep reading to see how it would all come out.

The other part that made this book exciting were Nadia's trips over the wall.  The city that Nadia lives in is surrounded by a wall that no one is allowed over for fear of the dangers on the other side.  They can't remember what those dangers are, but no one is allowed to find out.  So, when Nadia went over, it DEFINITELY was giving me Hunger Games vibes and I was really thinking this book was going to be a knock-off.  AND when the Glassblower's son starts hanging around, I was thinking "oh is this like the Baker's son??", but I promise that's where the Hunger Games-vibes ended.  After they go outside of the walls together, they start discovering CRAZY things about their society, and I got super invested in this exciting story.

I also really liked the Nadia/Gray relationship.  It was obvious that it was going to happen, but it felt organic and not forced or icky.  Gray was a little annoying with his constant need to "smirk", but I forgave him that because he was more than the flirty jerk that he initially appeared to be.

My fave part: Nadia was the hero.  Gray helps, but it's clear that Nadia is the one making the decisions, keeping the secrets, and figuring out a way to save the city from itself.

I will definitely be reading the next book in this series, The Knowing-- which comes out October 10th!!  I am a little bummed that it's not still following Nadia and Gray, but I'm going to give the new characters and time period a shot.  If it's half as good as The Forgetting, I'll still really like it.

OVERALL: I am SO glad I was persuaded to pick this up.  I was in the mood for a good Dystopian, and I got EXACTLY what I was hoping for.  It's adventure and thrills and a cute romance all in one.  I loved unraveling the mystery of this society, and was super surprised and excited by the reveal.  I SO recommend and be on the lookout for the sequel coming out October 10, 2017!!

Date Published: 9/13/2016
How I got this book: Thanks to Scholastic and BEA 2016 for providing me with a copy to read and honestly review.
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Add it to your To-Read List!!!

My Rating: 5/5









Character: Nadia
Book: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

  • Because Ella is keeping something inside that seems as unbearable as what Nadia has to keep in.


14 comments:

  1. YES! This one made my all-time favorite list after I read it last year and I'm very excited to read the next installment!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I'm so excited for the next book now. I was thinking it would be about Nadia again, but it's not-- so I'm excited to see what the new characters are like :)

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  2. I'm so excited to read this one now!! I've had it on my shelf for some time oops. I hope you enjoy the sequel :)

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    1. It had been sitting on my shelf for over a year!! And I'm so glad I finally read it!

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  3. This sounds great! Haven't heard of this book, but I'll add it to my TBR. Thanks!

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    1. It was really exciting and addicting!!

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  4. I loved The Hunger Games but I never really got into a lot of the other dystopian novels - not that I don't think there are good ones out there! This is one I definitely want to read!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I never got into any of them either and had NO desire to read books like that until they weren't a fad anymore. I'm really glad my random reading moods led me to this one!!

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  5. I have totally struggled with YA dystopian as of late. This one sounds very promising and I want to read a good one. I will see if I can get this from my library. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    1. I was struggling to find a newer dystopian and someone recommended this one to me. I was really glad I read it-- the premise is super unique and I couldn't put it down.

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  6. YES. I loved this one! I just finished THE KNOWING and really enjoyed it. The first book was my favorite, but TK was a fun follow-up in that world.

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    1. Ohhhhh, good to know!! You're the first person I know to have read it. I'm definitely excited to try The Knowing!

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  7. I just got this one on kindle sale last week so I'm glad you enjoyed it! One of my friends has been trying to get me to read it since it came out but I've been hesitant because I'm not that into dystopians anymore (like you said, too many Hunger Games knockoffs!).

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  8. This is one I have been trying to read since BEA last year. My co-blogger took it to school last year, and then it fell off my radar, but I really need to get it back on deck. Great review!

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