The Forgetting By Sharon Cameron

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.

 

Canaan is a walled city somewhere, who knows where to be honest.  Every 12 years an event called the Forgetting occurs in which everyones memories get wiped out.  In order to protect their memories everyone must write in a book  everyday detailing what happened on any given day to be used to ‘recover’ their lost memories.  Each person keeps their book with them and the truth must be written down.  Each time a book gets filled it’s put into a place called The Archive.   Nadia seems to be one of the very few and very rare people who keep their memories after the Forgetting.  Sounds like an interesting concept doesn’t it?  Well to be honest for me there are glaring plot holes that just made me give up on this book.

Ok, so if everyone loses their memories and they have no idea who they are, well then how are they supposed to know who’s book is who’s?  If you are in a family of 4, mother,father and two daughters…. just how do you know which book is yours to begin with if you can’t remember who you are?  That is the first thing that bothered me.  Also Nadia starts off as the daughter of the planter, but she becomes the daughter of the dyer.  Now what happened is that during the first Forgetting that Nadia remembers her father gives her a false book and said father decides it’s time to get out of the life he is in and takes advantage of the Forgetting to get a new life.  Well if everyone writes down what happened during the day then somewhere someone must have written that Nadia was the daughter of the planter and not a dyer, that is the first thing.  Second is that everyone forgets everything but somehow everyone can remember the job that they do. Now if you forget who you are, who your family are and everything, how would you know how to do your former job? Now you could hypothesise that everyone could go to the archive to retrieve their previous volumes of their ‘memories’ and if that is the case then why the Forgetting?

Now to be honest I didn’t finish the book.  These glaring plot holes just bothered me too much to carry on reading it, that and it was pretty dull as well.  Maybe some of the questions I have are answered later on and then again maybe they aren’t.  either way it wasn’t holding my interest enough to carry on reading.  It’s a shame cause it seemed like an original concept.

DNF

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The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

imageThe Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy – humanity’s only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.

One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.

 

It’s 20 odd years since the showdown with the Twelve and the viral are gone. The main cast of characters are older, wiser and off doing their own things. Civilisation is slowing building and forming and a new generation of children are growing up without the threat of virals for the first time in over a century. Things seem to be moving on, but will it continue?

Amy and Carter are gone, only Lucius knows where they are. He knows what is out there and that Amy and Cater are biding their time. While eleven of the Twelve are gone, there is one still out there, Zero.

This book is about Zero, this is mostly his story as much as any of the others. As things start to go badly wrong for our heroes there is hope, and love.

This thrilling conclusion of the series is full of action, sacrifice and above all hope and love. I have to admit that there is a 150 page plus section of this book that went on a bit long and dragged making me put down the book more than once because I thought it took away from the rest of the story. That section felt like a mini novella in it’s self and you had to go back to remember what had gone on before this section. In saying that you can skim over this section and still get the main gist of what is going on.

While I was daunted by having to reread the first two books to make sure I had remembered what had happened previously, I thought I would be in overload when it came time to read this one. I have to admit I was a bit sad to see it all end. The ending had me getting a bit weepy. A fantastic ending to an amazing series!

I give this 4.5 stars, only because of that section that dragged out a bit to long in my opinion

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review

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Unwind by Neal Shusterman

 

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It started with a war, as most things do. A war called the Heartland War, which involved the Pro-Life army and the Pro-Choice army. Since neither side won a compromise was made called The Bill of Life in which a human life could not be touched from the moment it was conceived until the child reached 13. From the ages of 13-18 a parent may retroactively ‘abort’ a child. That child was unwound. The technicality was that the child was still kept ‘alive’ by being used as donated parts.

Conner, 16, is a troublemaker, and discovered  by accident that he was going to be an unwind. He found that his family booked a vacation but he didn’t find a ticket for himself, he found the unwind orders instead.

Risa, 15, a ward of the state with a potentially gifted career as a pianist, discovers that she is to become an unwind due to budget cut backs and having reached her potential, which wasn’t far enough as far as the board was concerned.

Lev, 13, knew all of his life that he was to be tithed as an unwind. His family is religious and told Lev that he was chosen by God to be a special gift and he looked forward to his 13th birthday and to go to harvest camp.

These three unlikely children come together by accident, two escaping their fate and one a willing candidate going to his, and end up on the run, trying to hold out as long as they can before being captured and send to harvest camp. They meet other runaways, each with their own stories for becoming an unwind and some are sad and scary.

This is a very creepy and horrific story and it does it in a way that isn’t gory, it’s more of a psychological horror that grips you. Children retroactively aborted and used for donor parts. Every part of the child is used and so is considered alive but in a divided state. The other part of this story is about the lack of organ donors and how doctors who used to actually try to save lives, now just transplant parts to people willing to pay. While this may sound good in practice, some unwanted side effects occur that no one really thought about.

The thought of doing this is the creep factor. You really don’t know what actually goes on in the harvest camps and that is another thought that is planted in your head. The fill in the blank visuals that make you cringe. Kids in the book ask themselves the questions but they don’t really want the answers.

There have been cases in real life about people being abducted and having a kidney removed, people selling their kidneys for money. This is a relatively new phenomenon and this book makes you think of the possibilities of how far some people will go.

While I did enjoy it, it did bog down in a few places and there is one character in there I wanted to strangle I hated him so much, but over all it is a book that makes you think. This is the first book in the series.

4/5 stars

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I, Zombie by Hugh Howey

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Let me start off by saying that this isn’t your normal zombie book. There are no zombies mumbling “brains”, these zombies don’t say much of anything verbally…. Mentally, now there is a different story.

This book is told by various zombies, they are mentally aware of that is going on, but are unable to control their bodies or their never ending hunger much to their disgust and horror. They can feel, think and process the things that they are doing to their fellow man.

It’s hard to review as it’s told from many points of view. There are scenes of heartbreak as well as disgust and horror. One pregnant zombie, who was only a few days away from giving birth, is struggling with the baby zombie within her. A mother and child who face a crowd of zombies and a sacrifice has to be made. One of a zombie son locked in with his mother who is paralyzed and the hunger just won’t leave him alone. You get the picture of some of the horrors that await you. There is a story of hope as well that has you cheering on a guy who is in the process of changing into the monster he doesn’t want to become.

There is gore in this book, lots of it. There are some moments when you feel bile rising in the back of your throat but it’s so well written that you read on. Sorta like watching a car crash, you can’t help but look. You get dragged along with the zombies and you start to feel for them and the predicament they are in.

There is no real beginning, except that some kind of virus caused this, and there is no solid end to this book. It’s a series of stories that tell of a loss of will and humanity. The never ending hunger, the pain and the hopes of a final death that never seem to come.

I had to digest what this book meant and what it was supposed to convey to the reader. It whirled in my head for a few days and made me think, something I didn’t expect with this kind of book. Its funny, when I did meet Hugh Howey I told him I enjoyed this book and it made me think….that was a comment he wasn’t expecting.

4/5 stars

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