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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

Product Details

  • 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,388 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly original December 18, 2013
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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 this was a winner. It drew me in and kept me. Its characters are strong and intelligent. Velvet lends excellent support to the story and Aidan is a diligent friend and citizen always in pursuit of truth. My daughter devoured this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read for a Dystopia November 6, 2013
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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 with their struggles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable! October 26, 2013
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Forgetting isn't an option in Angie Smibert's The Forgetting Curve.

I loved the introduction of new characters, such as Aiden Nomura. Velvet's Book of Velvet sayings were very glossy and had a way of breaking up the tension in this fast-paced novel. Winter, Nora, and Micah are back, although they're not quite the same after Memento Nora.

The stakes keep getting higher in this novel. Their world is changing, but is it for the better--or worse? As the government tries to keep everyone in their place, a movement is rising to take back their memories--and their lives.

The Forgetting Curve by Angie Smibert won't let this reader forget how it's a fantastic book two in the Memento Nora series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! October 17, 2013
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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. It's told in reverse, first person narration (which I like) and the whole premise is properly post-modern in that completely relevant jaded way that's actually cheesily appropriate. Good word. Fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Forgetting Curve September 19, 2013
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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. Highly recommended for young adults to enjoy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice seque for the next book August 15, 2013
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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. Here he finds a bare echo of what his cousin used to be. She seems bland now. Aiden needs to figure out what's going on with her and the rest of the world as the Forgetting Clinics seem to be taking over.

This book was a bit confusing at first, because there were so many story lines. There's also a small time gap between the last book and this one, so there's a bit of catch-up involved too. Between these two things it was a bit complicated at first trying to see where everyone is and get to know the people behind the new perspectives.

As much as I wanted more Micah, I enjoyed getting a glimpse from a different set of eyes. I didn't really care to much for Aiden and could never really get a good handle on what kind of a person he was. He seemed shiny and slick at some times and self-deprecating at other times.

Not a lot really happened in this book it sort of pushed forward to bring Micah and Nora back into the picture for the grand finale of The Meme Plague. It was an interesting chapter in the story and I am looking forward to seeing how the characters come together and play their parts.

First Line:
"It all started with a door."

Favorite Lines:
"I'm much better at trusting my instincts (and the universe) than actual deductive reasoning. That was usually way too much work."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 6 days ago by K. Chiodo
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 17 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 18 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 19 months ago by Jill Florio
4.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable
I haven't read the first book in this series, but was absolutely captivated by this 2nd book and will be looking forward to the next one. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Neal Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories and revolution
I didn't read the first book in this series, but after finishing The Forgetting Curve, I wish I had started at the beginning, simply because I found this sequel to be so... Read more
Published 20 months ago by J.Prather
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More About the Author

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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