The Forgetting By Sharon Cameron

I have enjoyed Cameron’s other books (Rook, Dark Unwinding) and this was no exception. Mixing dystopian, sci fi, a bit of romance, and solid writing, The Forgetting is reminiscent of books such as Beth Revis’ Across the Universe, in which much has been forgotten and needs to be remembered. The book is a stand alone with a solid and satisfying ending.


Story: Nadia’s small community lives with the knowledge that every 12 years, people will lose their memories. To prevent total chaos, lives are recorded in books, and through the books they can resume their lives. But not all books survive the upheaval of the forgetting and many become ‘lost’ in their small community. Safe from the unknown outside her walled town, Nadia should be content. But she remembers things she shouldn’t – things that some don’t want her to know. With the help of Grey, she will work to save her community from the next forgetting.

The setting is not a dystopian US or such – in fact, the small community in which Nadia lives is unexplained until the end. Sharp eyes will catch clues in the beginning but it makes for a satisfying ending when the secrets begin to reveal.

Nadia as a character is interesting and Cameron does an excellent job in developing her personality and growth throughout the book. The romance with Grey is very understated and nicely done – it never gets in the way of the plot. Side characters are less developed, though, since the focus is completely on Nadia.

The story moves briskly and holds interest. It doesn’t bog down and there is plenty of mystery to keep readers intrigued. If I have one nitpick, it’s that I’ve read this story before – many times. The ending did not come as a surprise for that reason. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

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