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Author: Cameron, Sharon
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9780545945219
Grades: Grades 7 to 12

The Forgetting

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You are made of your memories; therefore, because of the Forgetting, you must write the truth of yourself in your book. The truth and the books are necessary so that after the Forgetting you can rebuild and resume your life. Except Nadia the Dyer’s daughter hasn’t forgotten anything, and she’s noticing more and more that things aren’t quite right with the town, its people and especially its council.
The people in Canaan live in fear of the council – never knowing who’s watching or who will inform the other council members of what has been said or done, for fear of being publicly flogged. Nadia takes risks everyday by going over the wall that surrounds their town to explore the mountains nearby. She thinks her activities have gone unnoticed until Gray the Glassblower’s son demands that she takes him over the wall with her.
The clock it ticking as the Forgetting looms ever closer and Nadia is desperate to unravel the secrets of the council and the mystery of the beginnings of Canaan. Meanwhile, Nadia is left to wonder what will be left of the relationship she is building with Gray after the Forgetting has struck.
The Forgetting is full of secrets and mysteries where revelations are dispensed slowly and carefully. It is an engaging sci-fi read that stayed in my thoughts so much that I could not put it down: I had to finish reading the book! It is the first book of a series.

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