Title: The Forgetting
Author: Sharon Cameron
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 13th, 2016
Format: Paperback ARC
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
The Forgetting happens every 12 years and almost everyone always forgets who they are and that's why they have to keep writing down what they do in a book. In the book you have to write down truthful things because if you don't after you forget that can change who you become and so on.
There was one person who remembers, and her name was Nadia, who has remembered the first Forgetting and because of that she didn't get close to anyone except her family.
As Nadia tries to find answers to why she can remember she finds help in an unlikely source Gray. Throughout the story Nadia and Gray grow close and they soon figure out hidden secrets and betrayals that may or may not cost them their life if they aren't careful.
This is my second time that I just love love love the main character and her love interest, instead of staying away from each other they work as a team. I'm all for teamwork and honesty so this was amazing to read as Nadia and Gray formed friendship and then romance.
Of the things I liked about The Forgetting was figuring out why Nadia could remember and others couldn't. There was a twist that I didn't see coming, what I thought would happen was so off base and I like when I'm proved wrong; I like when I read a story and it leaves me guessing instead of automatically knowing.
Sharon Cameron is now on my auto-buy list, I will read whatever she writes.