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.