Published by Scholastic Inc. on September 13th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance
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What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes. Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories -- of parents, children, love, life, and self -- are lost. Unless they have been written. In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten. But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence - before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Why Did I Read?
I really loved Sharon Cameron’s The Dark Unwinding duology so I was super excited to hear about her new release!
Firstly, this was completely different than what I was expecting! I guess I’m not entirely sure what I expected, but I was picturing more fantasy/dystopia and it was so much more! I don’t want to go into too much detail because I think it was really fun discovering all the twists as you read for the first time!
It’s a really intriguing premise — in Canaan, every person has to write their past in their own book that they keep on them at all times because every 12 years, they will all forget. Their books are the only things they will have to tell them about who they are. But Nadia, our main character, remembers. And she knows that some things aren’t as they are supposed to be. Because of her extra knowledge, she wants to make sure the Forgetting that’s coming up goes well, that she’ll keep her family together.
But there’s so much more at play here. There are so many secrets surrounding this city of Canaan, the reasons why they aren’t allowed outside the city walls and the history of how Canaan even came to be. I couldn’t put the book down because I was so riveted by each twist and turn and needed to know more.
I loved Nadia and she isn’t your typical MC either. She’s very quiet, doesn’t express herself often but yet Sharon Cameron does a fantastic job letting us see exactly who Nadia is. Gray is Nadia’s opposite in a lot of ways and I loved seeing them come together and start to become friends. How could I not have fallen in love with Gray?? The scenes between these two are amazing and shippable.
Besides solid characters that I became so invested in and rooted for, the story itself is just so unique! I was constantly being surprised and I loved seeing things click together. There was one tiny aspect I wanted more detail on but it’s minor and didn’t impact my enjoyment of the book!
Everyone needs to read this book! I really loved the characters, plot, plot twists, and it also provides a lot of food for thought about people, humanity, and our memories. It was just really fascinating. Needless to say, Sharon Cameron is definitely on my must-buy list and I strongly urge you to read this as well!