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The Forgetting Curve (Memento Nora series Book 2) by [Smibert, Angie]
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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: www.leaguewriters.blogspot.com. She lives in Virginia. Learn more about Angie and the Memento Nora series at www.angiesmibert.com and www.mementonora.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0761462651
  • Publisher: Skyscape (May 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FXRYT0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Forgetting Curve picks up right where Momento Nora left off, transporting us across the ocean to Winter's cousin, Aiden, living in Switzerland. Winter sent him the "Memento" comic book that we were introduced to previously. Aiden distributes the comic in Switzerland right before taking off for the US to spend the summer interning with the Nomura company.

Diving back into this world is a real trip. The sights and sounds are all familiar enough that the reader realizes this is a very near-future type of dystopia--the kind of thing that could happen if we really let out big electronics companies climb in bed with our governments. The world-building is once again well-done as we explore slightly different parts of the world and see it through different eyes.

The POVs that we get in The Forgetting Curve are markedly different that those from Momento Nora, and I mean that it a good way! I especially enjoyed Aiden's narration because he had such different experiences and insights. From the moment that he starts working for the Normura company, he begins to suspect that there's a lot going on that isn't out in the public eye and a lot that isn't "good" and people wouldn't want. The idea of forgetting the bad stuff might be appealing but how would people feel if they realized they were on the path to having their thoughts controlled and manipulated?

If you haven't taken the time to read Momento Nora, then I highly recommend that you purchase these two books together. They are quick, fascinating reads that pull you in to a highly manipulative technological future that, who knows, maybe we'll have to deal with someday.
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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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This and the previous book in the series show an interesting parallel between the fantasy world of the books in the real world. With the CIA, FBI, and Homeland security all watching what people do on a day-to-day basis these books bring home the idea of where all this observation and surveillance could end up.
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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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I actually enjoyed this book more than the first, Memento Nora. The follow-up focuses more on Winter and her family, and the reader gets more of the back story: where have Winter's parents been, what will be the consequences for helping with Memento.

The reader also learns more about Velvet, Winter's friend, and she easily became my second favorite character. The plot of The Forgetting Curve was a bit darker and definitely more thought provoking: how much governmental control is too much, and how much are people willing to sacrifice in order to be comfortable?

Micah and Nora almost disappeared from the book, so the reader won't find out what happened to them (perhaps that will be covered in the third book!)

Overall, The Forgetting Curve was an excellent book and the author did a fantastic job bridging the first and second books of what I am sure will become a favorite series.
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