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The Forgetting Curve

The Forgetting Curve is a YA sci-fi/dystopia novel, and the sequel to one of my Stand-Out Books of 2011 Memento Nora, by Angie Smibert.

Memento Nora was really quite fantastic, and I don’t want you spoiling it by reading this review – if you haven’t read Memento Nora yet, that is. If that’s the case for you, check out my review of the first book here.

Otherwise, if you have read the aforementioned title, please join me in the enthusiasm of reading the sequel, which will come out for everybody on May 15th (mark your calendars!).

Aiden Nomura is more skilled than the average hacker. It’s like an art, what he can do. He likes to open doors and see what’s hidden inside – his own personal game. But his abilities can become dangerous, he soon realizes.

He’s been going to school in Bern, Switzerland where they are almost untouched from the popular-in-the-US Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic. But when one opens, something about it disturbs him. Things are changing.

And then a bomb goes off. A ripe memory for people to forget… business for the Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic. But before he can think too much about it, Aiden finds out his cousin Winter has had a mental breakdown and is in a hospital. He hurries home to the US to find out what’s happened to his bold, fearless, brilliant cousin ASAP.

Winter is utterly confused. When her parents come home and explain they’ve been away to Japan, Winter can’t remember them leaving – it’s all a blur. A part of her is convinced that she had been worried about them. But they tell her it’s all part of her mental breakdown, and that she will get better.

Yet the streets are stricter than ever and the murmurs of an underground movement full of conspiracy theories grows…

Winter, Aiden, and Winter’s friend Velvet begin to open doors that reveal information they might not want to know. Yet the truth is better than the dark – so they pursue it. And Aiden realizes his skills might be necessary – if he doesn’t want more people to get hurt…

Hopefully that’s rather vague. Both Memento Nora and The Forgetting Curve are short in comparison to most books – but somehow Angie Smibert packs them with twists and smarts and tons of plot. I don’t want to ruin the experience for you – so I give very little.

Wow. Just wow.

The Forgetting Curve is yet another genius novel. It’s weird at first, because you want to be following Nora and Micah – but it’s that weirdness that pulls you into the purposely disjointed, complex stunner that is The Forgetting Curve.

Their absence is both frustrating and exhilarating as we delve into this world where memories can be wiped from your mind – and is encouraged. We know Winter is fighting it (don’t want to give too many details here) since we get warped, confused memories from her – all the more enthralling and exciting.

This novel is gently, yet powerfully, horrifying in its portrayal of a controlling society that steals citizen’s free will and free choice. It’s disturbing, electrifying, and fascinating – extremely fast-paced.

My mind was blown and I was stunned yet again. I am desperate for the third book in the Memento Nora series and hope it comes SOON!!!

Yes, you MUST read The Forgetting Curve when it comes out on May 15th!! :)


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