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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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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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 morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Jodi
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 morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Linda S. Crockford
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 morePublished on October 17, 2013 by L. Perry
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 morePublished on September 19, 2013 by cuppajoe
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
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 morePublished on August 11, 2013 by Jody
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 morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Tracey Carter
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 morePublished on June 6, 2013 by Jill Florio
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 morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Neal Reynolds