Title: The Forgetting
Author: Sharon Cameron
Release Date: September 13, 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.
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron takes readers into a richly built world where every twelve years the citizens of Canaan forget all of their memories. The tagline, “What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes” sets the reader up to know that we are about to embark on a twisting tale where presumably the protagonist, Nadia, is going to discover some deep dark secrets about Canaan. Discovering is just what she does.
We are introduced to Nadia as she is climbing back over the wall from the outside, which is forbidden. Right away we know that this girl is all sorts of badass. She is the girl that readers want to be from the very first page. Fiercely independent, but still a loving daughter to a mother who can’t really connect to her, she breaks all kinds of rules while trying to discover the mysteries of Canaan. Why do their memories disappear every twelve years? And why can Nadia remember everything?
Along the way we meet the mysterious Gray, the glassblower’s son who has a connection to Nadia from a past he cannot remember. Immediately the reader is both suspicious of Gray and rooting for him to be a good guy because we want him and Nadia together so bad. Together they discover the dark history of Canaan in a twist I did not see coming, but loved every second of.
Nadia fights for the people of Canaan until the very last moment. She is a girl we can all aspire to be like. Typical to a Cameron novel the build is slower than with some other YA books, but it doesn’t make it any less interesting. This is a smart, wonderful, exciting journey I loved being on and think everyone should check out.