By Sharon Cameron
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What if you woke up tomorrow morning and had no recollection of your life, your family or yourself? What if everybody in town had the same problem? What if we all woke up one morning and couldn’t even remember what had happened to make us forget? Sharon Cameron’s The Forgetting starts off with these questions and builds a world and a story around them.
Nadia the dyer’s daughter lives in the walled city of Canaan. It’s a peaceful community with a wise and benevolent leadership council where truth is valued above all else. Every twelve years, something happens to cause everyone within the city walls to forget their previous lives. They keep order and continuity by writing down every aspect of their lives in their journals so that they can remind themselves after The Forgetting. (Thankfully, they don’t forget how to read!) That’s why it’s so important to write only truth in your journal: it’s the only way to know who you were before The Forgetting.
But Nadia knows that some people have not been truthful. She knows because *she* never forgot. Somehow, twelve years ago, when everyone in the town forgot themselves, she remembered. She knows secrets and as she begins to dig, she learns much more. But as the twelve-year cycle comes to a close and Canaan prepares for The Forgetting, Nadia’s time is running out. She needs to solve the mystery of The Forgetting before everyone, and possibly she too, forgets everything again.
The Forgetting balances historical fiction with futuristic dystopian with a heavy dose of adventure and a dash of romace. I love all the plot twists and turns. It’s a fast-paced read that compelled me to keep reading and left me hoping this is only the first of a series. (I checked; it is. The second in the series is expected out in October.)
Hey, guys. Now that all the Divergent books have been made into films, author Veronica Roth has begun a new series with Carve the Mark. Roth has continued to focus on futuristic dystopian fiction for young adults. In Divergent, society was split into five factions; in Carve the Mark, the protagonist’s home planet is divided into two completely separate and warring cultures. The peoples on either side of a vast plain have been caught in violent conflict for generations with multiple assassination attempts all around. So, naturally, there will be star-crossed lovers! I don’t want to get too into spoiler-territory so I’ll keep things kind of vague here.
Carve the Mark is full of space travel, fight scenes, love scenes, snarky sarcasm, teen angst, things that would cause people of any age to feel angst, and mystery. What it doesn’t have is an original plot. I fell like I’ve read this story before. And the name on that book was not Veronica Roth. It’s not uncommon to be able to tell a writer’s influences and inspirations from the stories they tell and how they tell them. And that’s fine, as long as they rework the bits and bobs that they’ve borrowed into something new and different. While Carve the Mark had a lot of exciting moments, it didn’t feel new and different.
If you enjoyed reading Divergent, I’d still recommend Carve the Mark.I But, if you read a lot of futuristic dystopian fiction for young adults (as I do), don’t be surprised if you experience a little literary deja vu.
The library is debuting a brand new summer program on May 4th. Our Summer Adventure is more like a game than a traditional reading club, but we still encourage you to read! You can earn points by reading or listening to someone read for 30 minutes. Wondering what counts? See below.
- Graphic Novels
- Magazines or Comics
At a loss for what to read? Never fear! For your friendly-neighborhood-librarians are here!
We have compiled a bunch of lists for you to look through to get started or visit fountaindale.org to view the newest in teen fiction and nonfiction.
A lot of times we get asked in the Vortex for a list of Dystopian books that are available to you for a school homework assignment. Of course one of the most popular is still Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Already read that one? Or looking for something different? Maybe you’re not sure what a Dystopian book actually is?
Here we have a compiled list of options for you to choose from. And if it turns out you really enjoyed reading the one you pick, we’ve also listed here if there are any sequels for you to enjoy. Hope this list helps in your search. Happy Reading!