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The Forgetting

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The Forgetting

Nadia the Dyer’s Daughter, the main character of THE FORGETTING by Sharon Cameron, has an inquisitive mind, or so she has been told. It is Nadia’s curiosity that leads her to explore outside the walls of Cannan, the city she has lived in all her life. Life outside of the walls is supposed to be dangerous, filled with beasts and poisons. But Nadia knows that the real dangers lay within the wall, especially as the Forgetting, when the memories of every citizen of Cannan are erased, draws near. No one else knows the terror of the Forgetting like Nadia does because Nadia has never Forgotten. Now, with time quickly running out, Nadia works hard to ensure a way to keep her family together after the Forgetting by writing down the truth in their books, which are their only memories after the event.

"Sharon Cameron does a great job of making everything come full circle in THE FORGETTING. She also includes wonderful character development and an interesting, although sometimes confusing plot."

But something strange is happening in Cannan. Books are being taken, food is running low and the Council members are not acting as they should. On top of it all, Nadia is forced to form an uneasy alliance with Gray the Glassblower’s Son, whose carefree smile and dark eyelashes affect Nadia in ways she could not have predicted. Soon, Nadia is fighting to keep the lives of those she loves from being taken away from her. Even more disheartening is the fact that even if they all survive, Nadia may be forgotten by everyone she loves.

Sharon Cameron does a great job of making everything come full circle in THE FORGETTING. She also includes wonderful character development and an interesting, although sometimes confusing plot to keep readers’ eyes glued to the page. Nadia is a quiet, but not shy, teenage girl. From the first page it is evident that Nadia is daring. What she struggles to put into words, she portrays with her actions. Throughout the story, readers get to watch Nadia slowly becomes more confident with who she is. Gray, the other main character, is equally complex. Deemed a “zopa” by Nadia, the two do not get along in the beginning of the novel. However, it soon becomes apparent that Gray is more than the player he seems.

The plot centers on the Forgetting. The Forgetting occurs every 12 years, when the memories of all the citizens in Cannan are erased, leaving confusion and terror in its wake. The only recollections the citizens of Cannan have of their past lives is written in their books. Your book is your past, your present, and your future. If a citizen is found without their book after the Forgetting, they are deemed Lost. THE FORGETTING is confusing primarily because of the Forgetting, but once the plot gets moving it becomes easier to understand the novel. Overall, THE FORGETTING, although confusing, has a unique plot with complex characters.

Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board Member on October 13, 2016

The Forgetting
by Sharon Cameron