The Forgetting Book Review

The Forgetting Book Review

Salmah Salem, Book Reviwer

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron is one part of duology, the first one in the series. 

For a quick summary, the book follows our main protagonist Nadia, who lives in a city called Canaan. The city is very close knit, with everyone having a role in the its ocommunity. But there’s a catch. Every 12 years, everyone in the city forgets everything. It doesn’t matter if it’s your family, friends, even parents will forget their children. Because of this, everyone has a journal to write down their memories. Anything not written, is forgotten. Except Nadia doesn’t forget. And now she’s trying to figure out why this is happening as well as how to stop it before she loses everything.  

Some things I liked about this book was the romance and the character development. It wasn’t quite a romance novel, but there’s a good amount for romance lovers. Even if you’re not a big romance lover, it’s still subliminal enough that it doesn’t feel overbearing. It’s nice seeing Gray, (the love interest), help Nadia come out of her shell as the book progresses. The character development of Nadia and her relationship with her family, specifically her sister. Spoiler warning, but its very nice seeing how they slowly develop an understanding of one another.

One of the bigger flaws is that the beginning is pretty slow. A lot of it is mostly the reader gaining exposition and the story being set up, which is normal. Depending on who you are, this might be enough to get you to stop reading. But the second half of the book has a lot of pay off. 

Speaking of, the payoff was one of my favorite endings of any book I’ve read. The end of the book has all the questions answered in an extremely satisfying way (well almost in my opinion.) How all the smaller subplots and mysteries are answered, and how the characters all effect the greater narrative. My only issue with the ending is what’s revealed to actually cause the forgetting, though its a pretty minor one. I love how everything seems to fit prefectly in place, and how the truth was in front of us all along.