Published by Scholastic Press
on September 13th 2016
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.
I had heard such great things about The Forgetting that I knew immediately that I wanted to read it. The concept reminded me (in a small way anyway) of one of my favorite Lifetime movies that starred Keri Russell, pre-Felicity days, called The Lottery. It by no means has the same concept, but I couldn’t stop thinking about that movie and how they are kind of like half sisters. Anyway, I was really excited for the book and I can report that it mostly lived up to my expectations. I say mostly because I did have one part that just pulled me out of the story because it isn’t my thing. But other than that it was a solid read with a mystery and creep factor and hardcore swoons.
It’s really hard to explain what the book is about and what took me out of the story without giving away some of the mystery. What I can tell you is that every 12 years something happens in Canaan and everyone forgets. Well everyone except the main character Nadia. Through Nadia’s eyes you get to see what it is like for someone that remembers when everyone else doesn’t. You see her struggle with this and try to close herself off and you really can’t blame her. She knows once again she will have to live through no one remember anything so it is easier if she doesn’t feel. That is until she lets Gray in. And oh how I love Gray. Slowly Gray chips away at the lock on Nadia’s feelings and soon the two of them find themselves somewhere they never expected, unraveling a secret no one has ever thought to question…what actually causes the forgetting?
What really made this book for me was the relationship between Nadia and everyone around her. She knew everything about everyone while they only knew her for 12 years, but they never knew the real her. They only knew the one she let them know. Even her sisters didn’t know who she really was and what she knew. The only person she let in was Gray and I just loved that. He was perfect for her and exactly what she needed. I loved seeing them blossom and grow as they uncovered the secrets of Canaan. It was swoony and beautiful and got me teary eyed at one point. Honestly the book is worth the read just for this alone.
All in all, The Forgetting is worth the hype. It was entertaining and a great twist of lies and stories and hidden background information. I did struggle with some of the plot, but that is just a personal thing for me. I really do recommend checking this one out. I don’t think you will be sorry.