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The Forgetting Curve (Memento Nora series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Angie Smibert
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Book Description

Aiden Nomura likes to open doors especially using his skills as a hacker to see what's hidden inside. He just keeps pulling until one cracks open, exposing the flaws. It's like a game until it isn't. When a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic opens in Bern, Switzerland, near Aiden's boarding school, he knows things are changing. Shortly after, bombs go off within quiet, safe Bern. Then Aiden learns that his cousin Winter has had a mental breakdown. He returns to the US immediately. But back home in Hamilton, Winter's mental state isn't the only thing that's different. The city is becoming even stricter, and an underground movement is growing. Aiden slowly cracks open doors in this new world. But behind those doors are things Aiden doesn't want to see, things about his society, his city, even his own family. Aiden may be the only one who can fix things before someone else gets hurt.

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The futuristic fantasy Smibert began with Memento Nora (rev. 7/11) continues in this sequel. All citizens of Hamilton, USA, are required to have an ID chip implanted, one to which the corporation Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic, or TFC, will have full access. Aiden, Winter, and Velvet realize that TFC will wipe out true memories and implant false ones—all part of a plot for the suppression of independent thought and industry. The three main characters combine their varied skills in technology old, new, and avant-garde to thwart the corporation’s plot and protect their families. Written in alternating voices, Smibert’s novel is quick and engaging, colorful with its enjoyment of sculpture and mechanics, vintage dress, indie music, and hacker skills. In keeping with its dystopic theme, this second volume offers no comfortable resolution. Deirdre F. Baker, The Horn Book Sept. 2012

About the Author

Angie Smibert is the author of Memento Nora and The Forgetting Curve, as well as fiction and nonfiction articles for teens and adults. She blogs about dystopian fiction at the League of Extraordinary Writers blog: She lives in Virginia. Learn more about Angie and the Memento Nora series at and

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  • File Size: 270 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (May 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FXRYT0
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a stand-alone book: read the first and third books September 1, 2013
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My review is necessarily somewhat incomplete since I've not read the first book in the series and don't know what the third book will be like. And both of these are important since "The Forgetting Curve" is far from a stand-alone effort. It's somewhat like Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back in that it appears to assume certain background knowledge and does not end with anything resembling closure.

The book is set in a dystopian future in which memories can be removed. There are suggestions that removing memories might be a benefit to people who need to suppress certain horrific memories. But the overwhelming thrust of the book is that the ability to remove memories is a valuable weapon for a Big Brother-like government, especially one wed tightly to powerful corporations.

Against this backdrop, Aiden, a teenager, heads home from his boarding school in Switzerland when a bombing apparently threatens the safety of the city. His cousin, Winter, meanwhile, has just come home herself--without her memories. When Aiden shows her an underground comic she sent him, she has no memory. Meanwhile, other misfits are having their own problems with the new rule that everyone must have a security chip implanted (making identification and tracking far easier), and it seems that some people are having the chips implanted without being aware of it.

Without having read the first book in this series, I had some difficulty following the various characters, though I can't say that I ever lost the thread. I just had the sense that there were reference that I was missing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Forgetting Curve, by Angie Smibert June 9, 2012
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. [...]

After finishing Memento Nora last year, I was extremely excited for this sequel to come out. I really thought the story line was intriguing and unique and I was going crazy waiting for it. Over the months while waiting for it, I completely forgot that the character's points-of-view were different than it's predecessor. In The Forgetting Curve, you follow Aiden, Winter, and Velvet. I really missed hearing about Norah and Micah, but following Aiden, Winter, and Velvet was still enjoyable.

A lot has changed since the first book in their world. There are new chips coming out that is mandatory and they work with the new mobiles that Aiden's father's company is coming out with, to help work a lot like the TFC pills do; help people forget something that may have happened to them.

But a lot of people are finding out they have the new chip without ever remembering getting it, and forgetting a lot of memories they wouldn't have wanted to forget. Things that would have made them very suspicious of the government.

The underground movements are growing and the government is really cracking down after finding out about the Memento comics Micah, Norah and Winter were creating. I really missed hearing about the new issues of Memento, but it was still mentioned once in a while throughout the story.

Also, there is a new underground radio station that lasts only a few minutes and the talker is someone who calls herself Meme girl, which you figure out who she is later in the story.

Overall, it wasn't as great as the first book, but still enjoyable. It was a fast read, not very long. Only a little over 200 pages, so I read it in one day on my Kindle. I'd recommend this series if you want to read a fast, enjoyable dystopian series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying Sequel May 21, 2012
I read and reviewed Memento Nora earlier this year. The Forgetting Curve is a satisfying continuation of that story. In fact, I think I even liked this one better than the previous, due to the narrators, and the sheer creepiness of seeing the brain wipes in action.

Going into this one, I was a bit concerned, because I knew that this one had two new narrators replacing Micah and Nora. Anytime there's a POV change, I can't help but worry it will be for the worse. Thankfully, though, I loved the new additions: Aiden, Winter's cousin, and Velvet, Micah and Winter's friend. Both of them are so much more lively and funny than the characters they replaced.

Aiden is so awesome, sort of the replacement Nora, in that both are wealthy and, on the surface at least, fit into society perfectly. I loved reading Aiden's POV, especially when he talked about hacking and code. Maybe I've been infected by my day job, but I just thought that was all so cool. I also enjoyed the fact that he is not what he at first seems. He may look like a rule-following prep, but he's actually constantly messing with things.

Velvet is so sassy, and you know how I adore sassy narrators. Her Book of Velvet, aka the rules by which she lives life, is totally fantastic. I mean, I have to love a girl who has a rule that says not to run, ever, for any reason. (I hate running.) Another rule I wanted to fistbump her for was: "A girl can't wait for Prince Charming to rescue her ass or save the universe" (188).

Winter's POV didn't too much for me. For the most part, I thought she was kind of boring in this one, and I was very grateful her sections were kept to a minimum. The constant reference to the hummingbirds were irritating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, makes one think of what could come if we are not vigilant.
This and the previous book in the series show an interesting parallel between the fantasy world of the books in the real world. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. Chiodo
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly original
The Forgetting Curve is an elegant solution to dull, watered down stories for young readers. I preview books for my readers before handing them over and I’m pleased to say that... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jodi
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read for a Dystopia
This trilogy is a fun read for a dystopia. Although the futuristic trends are discomforting, you're drawn into the world of the teenaged protagonists and can't help but identify... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Linda S. Crockford
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable!
Forgetting isn't an option in Angie Smibert's The Forgetting Curve.

I loved the introduction of new characters, such as Aiden Nomura. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Cherie Reich
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Love it. It dives right in, and it keeps you engaged. Solid first line, solid last line, solid in between. You are involved in the story from page one. Read more
Published 19 months ago by L. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars The Forgetting Curve
You don't even need to read the first book in the series to thoroughly enjoy this one. Three different characters tell the story, and what a story it is. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ginger Rose
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice seque for the next book
Sequel to: Memento Nora

Aiden catches word that his cousin is in a bit of trouble. He's not doing great in school and ends up going back to the states. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Brittany Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Miz meets 1984 with anime overtones. It's great!
There was a philosophical riddle going around a while back: How do you know the universe was't created 10 minutes ago, including you, complete with your memories? Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jody
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Fans of Memento Nora
If you've read Smibert's other novel, Memento Nora, then this book is a must-read. And if you haven't read Memento Nora then you really should. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Tracey Carter
2.0 out of 5 stars It's a middle story, with hints of promise and some good ideas
This novel is short and reads quickly, but didn't do much for me as a story. It's choppy, and nothing really actually happens. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jill Florio
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Born in Blacksburg, a once sleepy college town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, I grew up thinking I wanted to be a veterinarian. Organic chemistry had other ideas. But I always had stories in my head. Eventually, after a few degrees and few cool jobs--including a 10-year stint at NASA's Kennedy Space Center--I wrote some of those stories down.

I'm the author of several young adult books, including MEMENTO NORA, THE FORGETTING CURVE, and THE MEME PLAGUE. I've also published many short stories, for both adults and teens.

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