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Memento Nora (Memento Nora series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Editorial Reviews


... Smibert's dystopian first novel is a gift for both reluctant and regular readers.-- Cindy Welch --    Booklist, June 1, 2011

The novel is taut and lean; Smibert's prose is quick and fluid; and her three artist teens--Nora the writer, Micah the graphic artist, and Winter the creator of kinetic sculpture--have appeal. --Horn Book Magazine, July - August Issue

... fuses the politically charged projections of Anderson's Feed and Doctorow's Little Brother with the breathtakingly personal implications of selective amnesia... --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, April 2011

...the themes of inquiry and fighting back will resonate with young and old. --School Library Journal, April 2011

Nora witnesses a man thrown to his death and is then taken to the local clinic where she is given a pill to make her forget what she saw. Nora could have lived her life only remembering the good moments, if she had obeyed and taken the pill. Micah, a classmate, ruined that chance when he walked out of the clinic and in one silent gesture shows Nora he did not take the pill. Nora and Micah then work together to find out the truth everyone wants to forget. The more they learn, the more dangerous life becomes. In order to preserve their stories, they create a comic and release a few issues before everything they were once familiar with changes. Throughout the novel Nora struggles with how shallow her mother s life is and decides that is not the life she wants. The supporting characters add depth to the story and move the plot along. For the reader who enjoys alternative reality in which our society takes a big brother approach, this book is a good recommendation. Recommended. --LJ Martin, Media Specialist, Portville (New York) Central School

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. Her first novel, MEMENTO NORA,  hit the shelves in April 2011.   A Junior Library Guild Selection for 2011, MEMENTO NORA has also been nominated for YALSA's 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Her second novel, THE FORGETTING CURVE, will be coming out in Spring 2012 from Marshall Cavendish.

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  • File Size: 288 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0761458298
  • Publisher: Skyscape (January 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GCY84E
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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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Format: Hardcover
It's a short, quick read, and a unique take on the genre. Mostly my students liked it, although parts were a little confusing for some of them. I liked the story quite a bit. The whole idea of a society in which people take pills after traumatic events in order to forget about them is intriguing. The idea of someone choosing to fake taking the pills in order to know what's really going on is even more intriguing! This story is told in three voices in alternating chapter perspectives. I really liked Nora and Micah, not so much Winter - she confused me a little bit. Overall, I felt the character development was a little shallow and I missed the reasons for the world having come to this. It felt a little underdeveloped because it was so short and such a quick read - I liked the concept enough that I really wanted more substance to it. The parts of the overall concept, the idea that Nora finds out there's more going on in her family than she thought, the way Micah engages with Nora in the first place, and Winter's grandfather were all interesting to me though. Everything came together in the end, and it was surprising how some people were connected that I didn't expect throughout. The concept of this world and the way the characters grow up were the elements that I enjoyed the most. I'll probably be reading the next book in the series, THE FORGETTING CURVE, I just hope for a little bit more depth to the characters as we grow with them.

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Warning prepare for lots of gushing about how much I loved Memento Nora. I want to start out by telling you that sometimes I have a difficult time with dystopia and sci-fi because I don't always feel like I can relate to such a different world or it makes me sad to think that we couldn't survive as a society and we almost cause our own destruction and a new radical world takes it's place. For those who feel the same way I do, I want to recommend Memento Nora to you because it is set in the future but you don't feel like a whole new world is forced on you. I felt that it could be possible for this future to happen but I also think that fans of Dystopia and Sci-fi could enjoy this.

In Memento Nora the world is 40-50 years in the future and terrorism is at an all time high. Car bombings happen every few days and there are Therapeutic Forgetting Centers (TFC) that help people forget any traumatic event with a simple pill that will only cause you to forget that specific event.

Nora makes to her first trip to a TFC after witnessing a bookstore bombing while she is out on a shopping trip with her mother. Her mom goes to to TFC almost weekly and Nora loves that after her mom is finished she's in a great mood and usually ready for more shopping. While she is in the waiting room she sees Micah, a skater kid from school, coming out after a TFC session and he spits his white pill out when no one is looking. Since it's Nora's first time her mom tells her that her father beat her and she takes her pill to forget. Nora decides that like Micah she doesn't want to forget and she spits the pill out as she exits the center.

From that moment on nothing in Nora's life will ever be normal and she seeks out Micah.
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This is a pretty short novel about a teenage girl, Nora, who lives in a very violent world with numerous bombings and many other bad things. After she witnesses a horrendous event, her mother takes her to a TFC clinic where she can simply take a pill to forget the whole incident. Upon learning what her mother has come to forget, she makes the decision not to take the pill. She meets new friends, Micah and Winter, and together they start a comic to let people know about the things that are going on and the comic spreads like wild fire.

The story itself was a very good concept, but I think it had a lot more potential that was not tapped into. There wasn't as much focus on the comic strip as I thought there would be and it was rather short lived. The characters, however, were well written and had development, especially Nora. I felt Nora was a very strong and mature person with the choices she made and the situations she was part of.

I did enjoy the way the author painted Nora's world and the chaos that was in it. There were a few twists to the story, a few I figured out, a few I didn't, and I really liked the way it ended. There will be a sequel to this book, and I will be reading it to see how Nora's world changes after everything she went through.

Chaotic, short-lived, fast-paced, had more potential.
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The compact size of MEMENTO NORA threw me off, but don't they say that good things can come in small packages? Let me say that this package delivers quite the punch that you won't want to forget!

Nora, Micah, and Winter live in a world that reminded me of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, but instead of messing with brainwaves, unforgivable and undesirable memories get erased with a swallow of a pill. The more you choose to forget, the more spending credits you get as a reward to shop and move up in society. A pretty sweet deal, but it begs the question of how valuable are your memories. Furthermore, how easy would it be to keep domestic abuse or conspiracy hidden from public scrutiny?

MEMENTO NORA is primarily Nora's story, although Micah begins to play a bigger role as he grows closer to her and they get closer to the the truth behind the bombings. I wish we had gotten a little closer to Winter who seemed to have an interesting backstory, but she only had a minor role that still gets roped into the ugly aftermath. It was fascinating to follow the three different characters and see how they blended this intricate story together. The ending threw a nail-biting curve ball - and I really cannot wait to see what Book 2 will bring!

There is definitely a lot left unsaid in MEMENTO NORA, especially concerning Nora's mother and Winter's parents. Which means that the reader can fill in the blanks or that Book 2 will hopefully lay questions to rest. I think, though, that all of the unanswered questions works for this book. As Nora states from the beginning of the story, readers will only get the important parts of the story. The rest remains untold, but highly speculated upon.

Don't get fooled by the size of MEMENTO NORA as it gets dwarfed by other 300+ page books on the shelf - it contains a neat dystopian world that you definitely don't want to gloss over!
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