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I Belong

Review: The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

the-forgettingTitleThe Forgetting

AuthorSharon Cameron

Genre: YA Dystopian

Series: N/A

Publication Date: September 13, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 403 Pages

ISBN-10: 0545945216 (Scholastic)

ISBN-13: 978-0545945219 (Scholastic)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: Intriguing story full of romance, adventure, and suspense. I really enjoyed this book and would highly suggest you give it a try if you like YA dystopian novels!

Opening Sentence: I am going to be flogged, and I don’t know why I’m so suprised about it.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Every twelve years all the people that reside in the city of Canaan loose all of their previous memories! The only way for them to know who they are is to keep written records of their lives. Every citizen keeps a daily journal so that when the forgetting occurs they can remember who they were. It is the law to only write the truth but not everyone is as honest as they should be and seventeen year old Nadia knows it. She has lived through one forgetting but unlike everyone else in Canaan Nadia didn’t forget.

The forgetting has always been a mystery to Nadia and she wants to know what causes it to occur. As she dangerously ventured outside of the walls of the city with Gray, the mysterious yet charming glassblower’s son, she soon learns secrets about Canaan and it’s people. If they can’t stop the forgetting from happening everyone will once again loose their memories, including Gray!

Nadia was such an interesting heroine! She actually reminded me a lot of Katniss because she comes across as very cold and calculated! She doesn’t trust others easily and she is very uptight! But she has some very endearing qualities as well! She has a big heart and she is very clever. She’s also brave and spontaneous at times! It took me a little bit to get use to her but once I did I loved her. She was such a dynamic character that you can’t help but respect and adore.

Gray had me at hello! I seriously don’t know if I have fallen for a book boy faster. He is hot, charming, flirtatious, and just a good guy. Even Nadia describes him as someone everyone likes and honestly I think all readers will agree with her. He is smart, driven, kind, and funny. But he has just enough imperfections that make him feel realistic! His relationship with Nadia is freaking adorable! I LOVED them together so much! In so many ways they balance each other out and it was so much fun to watch them slowly fall in love. If you can’t tell Gray is easily one of my new favorite book boys!!!

The Forgetting was such a fun, unique read full of romance, mystery, and action. I was instantly drawn into the world that Cameron created and I never got bored! The pacing was spot on, the plot was full of twists, the characters were amazing, and the romance was perfection. There really isn’t a single negative thing I can say about this story. If you are looking for a unique young adult story, this is just for you!

Notable Scene:

“Have a good resting, Nadia the Dyer’s daughter?”

I snatch up my tethered pack, my last hairpin lost to the grasses. That voice was not my mother’s. It was deep and very male, coming from the shaded shadows beyond the arches, beneath the covered corner of Jin’s garden. I step back, glancing once at the place I’ve hidden the pole. I’ll never get the ladder back in time. The roof is too high to jump from and the voice is between me and the stairs to the street. Correction: Today is the day I’m caught. I feel sweat on my neck, and not from the sun.


FTC Advisory: Scholastic provided me with a copy of The Forgetting. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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