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The Meme Plague (Memento Nora series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Angie Smibert
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You, my friend, have been hacked. It begins with the name JONAS W. on the side of a cardboard coffin—right before the funeral procession blows up. Then it’s the whisper in the back of Micah’s head: Your father betrayed his country. You can’t always trust your own brain. Not when you have one of the mayor’s mandatory chips in your skull. Micah knows that the chip developed by TFC (the corporation that runs the Therapeutic Forgetting Clinics) does more than just erase unpleasant memories—it implants new ones. The MemeCast warns citizens to “fight the hack.” Micah and his friends have each lost something—a parent, a relationship, a home, maybe even their own identities as they remembered them to be. But, together, they can make sure some things are never forgotten. Election Day is coming, and Mayor Mignon is set to be elected to Congress. It’s time to build a new electronic frontier, one that’s not controlled by the mayor and his cronies. It’s time to get out the vote and shake up the system. It’s time to finally say enough.


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"Not since the extremely popular Maze Runner series has a plot been so intense. Quill says: Exhilarating and intense. The author weaves feel-good fiction with suspense to give readers a triumphant victory."- Feathered Quill Book Reviews

"In the concluding entry in the highly addictive Memento series, the major characters ... are fighting against the new identity chip being forced on everyone as the tendrils of a massive conspiracy change life as we know it. ... Smibert's break neck pacing and the jumping from character to character make this an un-put-downable book complete with rallies and riots. This series features a beautifully conceived paranoid future where change is hard because every memory can be easily expunged. Is it better to forget or to be miserable because something bad happened? " - Genrefluent.com

"Another futuristic novel for young adults is The Meme Plague....In an era when we now know the government is capable of knowing all our phone calls, emails, and other activities, this novel is a cautionary tale that is well worth reading. - Bookreviews.com

A futuristic novel kids will enjoy." - KidsBookshelf.com

About the Author

Angie was born in Blacksburg, a once sleepy college town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. She grew up thinking she wanted to be a veterinarian; organic chemistry had other ideas. But she always had stories in her head. Eventually, after a few degrees and few cool jobs—including a 10-year stint at NASA's Kennedy Space Center—she wrote some of those stories down.

A frequent contributor to Odyssey Magazine, Angie has published many, many short stories for both adults and teens.


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  • File Size: 1098 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477816895
  • Publisher: Skyscape (August 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CEHQ484
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4.0 out of 5 stars for ages 15 to 18 December 12, 2013
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16 year old Micah and his friends Nora and Aiden are in their third year of High School, but this year they are in different schools. Set in the scary near future in a world George Orwell could have created (and did in the novel 1984).

This is riveting and well written fiction that I am looking forward to sharing with my 12 year old once he is old enough.

If you don't have the first two books in the series I included the publisher's synopsis to save you time but you will want to get them, so might as well before you read The Meme Plague.

Memento Nora (2011) In the future, it doesn't pay to remember. Nora, the popular girl and happy consumer, witnesses a horrific bombing on a shopping trip with her mother. In Nora's near-future world, terrorism is so commonplace that she can pop one little white pill to forget and go on like nothing ever happened. However, when Nora makes her first trip to a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic, she learns what her mother, a frequent forgetter, has been frequently forgetting. Nora secretly spits out the pill and holds on to her memories. The memory of the bombing as well as her mother's secret and her budding awareness of the world outside her little clique make it increasingly difficult for Nora to cope. She turns to two new friends, each with their own reasons to remember, and together they share their experiences with their classmates through an underground comic. They soon learn, though, they can't get away with remembering.

The Forgetting Curve (2012) All that you remember may not be the truth. Aiden Nomura likes to open doors--especially using his skills as a hacker--to see what's hidden inside. He believes everything is part of a greater system: the universe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Addition to The Memento Nora Series February 13, 2014
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If you liked Memento Nora or The Forgetting Curve then you'll enjoy this book, which is the third in the Memento Nora series. These books are relatively short and smaller than many other YA hardbacks on the market making them an easy sell to reluctant readers and teens who watched The Hunger Games and enjoyed it but shied away from the books.

This addition to the Memento Nora series focuses on Micah and his friends as Election Day approaches. As usual, TFC (the Therapeutic Forgetting Clinics) and the mega-corporation that owns and runs the TFCs are central to the story. After reading the entire series Memento Nora, the first book, is still my favorite but it's nice to have the series continue. I'm curious to find out if/when Book #4 might be released.
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How much privacy can we expected to give up for the sake of security? And what if that security is entirely an illusion? It's just far enough in the future for technology to exist to erase memories and draft new ones on a wide scale. Every citizen must wear an implant that tracks IDs but may also play a more sinister role. Times are desperate - food and oil are short, unemployment rampant, and soldiers stomp from nation to nation with profiteering driving politics.

I picked up "The Meme Plague" because it's a cyberpunk novel - a favorite genre of mine. I wondered what Angie Smibert could do with a theme that is often too adult for young adult. What I found was a fun read that teens may enjoy but a more mature audience may find a little light (if I were still 15 this would have gotten four stars). I'll also note that I'm jumping into a series in the third book, which may not be very fair, so take my criticism lightly.

The premise is potent - by this point in the Memento Nora series, Mayor Mignon is In Control of most things in the city, wielding the power of fear over everyone's lives, controlling communications, suppressing public demonstrations, and sending suggestions via implanted chips that serve as IDs and permission to go most official places like schools, bread lines and public transport. Entwined with Mignon is a group of corporations that fall right into Evil Villain territory - a clinic that erases memories (whether you want them gone or not), a justice system that hands out community service sentences canvassing for Mignon, a fleet of black vans and thugs who disappear people, and a suspected string of straw man bombings meant to provoke citizens to cling to Mignon like flies to a porkchop.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Forget This Review January 23, 2014
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I won't tell you to read this book. It doesn't matter what I say about it. All that matters is that you know that I know you know there's a hack hidden inside it's pages. If you dig too deep, you'll lose yourself, you'll forget what it was you were looking for. I can't tell you what you'll find, I've already forgotten. My chip has been recoded. Be careful, be safe. But most of all, don't let anyone see you reading this book. Who knows what could happen to you if they did? No, really, who knows? I can't remember anything anymore....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun, even if you haven't read the first 2 January 8, 2014
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Summary (probably contains spoilers, especially if you have not read the first two books):
This is the third book in the Memento Nora series, but that doesn't actually matter. Within this book, Micah, Nora, Aiden, and Velvet each tell their final adventures with the MemeNet.
Micah and his mom are finally in a new place to live, off the streets. He doesn't want to screw things up for her, so he goes to school obediently, but all of a sudden this memory pops up into his head that his father is a traitor and things start going bad again. His mother loses her job again and his cozy little place no longer seems like a good idea. The only thing is, Micah doesn't believe the memory. This sends him on a quest to find out information about his father.
Nora's father is fighting for custody of her. She is staying in his swanky apartment, but is really very bored. Her only time that she is happy is when it is the weekend and she is with her mother and Micah. When Nora overhears that her father wants to move them to Germany, she makes a mistake by bumping into a rather important person and her father gets furious. This leads to Nora helping her mother fight the custody battle
Aiden is attempting to break the identification chips and replace them with ones that are not controlled by TFC.
Velvet's father has come home, but things aren't quite right. She wants to really fix things and stop the Patriot Party from basically taking over the world. She also has to figure out what she has remembered and what she has forgotten.

My thoughts:
Well, I'm sorry first hand for probably giving away too much within the summary. For such a short book, there is a lot going on. Since I had not read the first two books, I learned about the entire world through this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of dystopian fiction.
An interesting book about a world in which people have chips implanted in their heads that can erase and create memories. Would be enjoyable for kids who enjoy dystopian fiction.
Published 18 days ago by Sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a complete waste of time, but still.....
I didn't hate this book, but I didn't love it either. It was a little bit of a disappointment, as the writing just lacked the depth I was hoping for. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jodi
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay ending, but often hard to follow.
The Meme Plague was an okay ending to this story that didn't offer up many surprises. Much like the other books in the series, this one is short, with short chapters that make it... Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Prather
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more depth
Open ended conclusion is not particularly satisfying. Many of the characters have had their memories wiped, so past relationships aren't developed. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Suzanne R. Arnholt
4.0 out of 5 stars Great finale
The Meme Plague is a great finale to the Mememento Nora series that will be enjoyed by those who enjoyed the first two books in the series.
Published 10 months ago by S. Power
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but could have been better
This is an enjoyable, fast paced book but tends to skip around and really fluff up what would have made a better short story than an entire book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by javajunki
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly a grand finale
This is a fine wind-up to a good series. I admit that I haven't yet read the first of the trilogy and I do urge you to read these in order. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Neal Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good End to a Series
TFC can take your cares away, but you'll find it difficult to come back to who you are in Angie Smibert's The Meme Plague. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cherie Reich
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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.

www.angiesmibert.com
www.mementonora.com

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