The Forgetting – Saturday Discussion

“Truth can look so flimsy and feeble sometimes. It’s one of the things I hold against it.” ― Sharon Cameron, The Forgetting

Synopsis:

What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.

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.


Reviews

Caitlynn: This was a good book. I enjoyed the characters and definitely the premise of the book. Cameron did a great job with the character relationships in this book and always kept me guessing. It could drag a little at times for me, but overall a good book. 4/5 stars.

Eden: I received The Forgetting in an Uppercase box a few months ago and had been planning on reading it for awhile. It wasn’t high on my priorities simply because it wasn’t a book I was really excited to read. In the end I really enjoyed The Forgetting and I’m glad I’ve finally had the chance to read it. Overall I gave it 3.5/5 stars. 

Jenn: I’m going to be honest. I wasn’t super excited to read this book. But, once I did I really enjoyed it. This book was not what I expected and I liked that. The sci-fi element really made this book for me. 3.75/5 stars. 


Discussion

Eden: So, thoughts on The Forgetting?

Jenn: Well it was forgetful…

E: Harsh.

J: Nah, I’m just kidding, what did you think about it Eden?

E: I mean, it was okay.

Caitlynn: That’s how I feel about it. I don’t regret reading it.

E: I definitely didn’t care that I read it.

C: I don’t think I would read another book in this series if it were coming out.

E: Well, there is a second book coming out for it!

C: I feel like I’m happy with the way that it ended and I’m good.

J: I’ll read it if I don’t have anything else to read.

E: So she won’t read it.

C: When all the other books on your bookshelf burn?

J: No, just like if I need something to read and it will be a quick read for me.

E: What did we rate this book?

C: I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

J: I did 3.75, I think.

E: I gave it 3.5.

C: Jenn, why such a random increment?

J: Because I liked it but there were aspects of it that I didn’t like, so 3.75 felt the best…

E: Positives?

C: I liked the premise.

J: I liked that it brought in the sci-fi aspect, which Eden didn’t like.

E: The issue that I have is that I love sci-fi, but I didn’t like how it seemed like Cameron got half-way through writing this book and was like “I don’t know where to go from here now that my love interest has been fulfilled.” I felt like that is what she filled it with. Explanations felt rushed after that and the dots just didn’t connect. I don’t know why it bothered me, I just wasn’t a massive fan of the idea.

J: Fair enough.

J, also: I didn’t feel a sense of change in the writing at any point of the book. Like you said you felt there was a point when it started to feel rushed and I didn’t feel that at all. I didn’t have the same experience with it.

E: I have a question… am I a bad person? When I read books like this, I wonder why they are so worried about the whole town. Why aren’t you just worried about yourself, your family and Gray.

J: It’s because when we read books like that we hate the character because they seem selfish.

E: All I know is that I was just like, “Why is she so damn worried about all these people!?” If it were me, I would be worried about my people and if the town people got into the safe place then fine, but I wouldn’t worry about them.

J: I mean, I read it as her being primarily worried about them and then she was like “well… since you guys are here, come on!” She was willing to sacrifice herself, but she was’t willing to sacrifice her family.

E: If I was in a book, people would hate me.

J: I would be the most liked character.

E: Jenn, you would be the sassy, evil character.

J: No, I would be angelic and morally conscience and…

[Jenn is unable to finish her sentence because Caitlynn and Eden are laughing too much.]

E: Sure, Jenn.

E, also: Thoughts on characters?

J: I wish we got more of Janis. I liked the interactions with her and her thought process. We got glimpses of her, but I feel like it would have made a stronger antagonist if they had more of her in it.

E: Yeah, I just felt like she was just a crazy lady at the end. Like, she just ran around saying “I AM THE RULER OF THE WORLD!”

J: I mean, she kind of was… Also, I think you would probably go crazy in her position.

E: How did you feel about the “rare ability”.

J: I didn’t mind it.

E: That part of the book kind of reminded me of Divergent.

J: I saw it less like that because I looked at it as the people were allergic to it.

C: I felt the same way, and I really saw this book as such a conglomeration of a bunch of different books. It was so much like The Maze Runner to me…

E: Oh my god, thank you Caitlynn! I also at one point thought that!

J: Are you talking about when they were going through the tunnels?

E: When they are in the lab.

E, also: I had a lot of Divergent moments and some other books that I can’t think of right now.

J: I think that no matter what, at this point with dystopian novels they are going to be reminiscent.

E: I’m not saying anything about it, those are books that I enjoyed.

C: Yeah, I’m not saying anything bad about it.

E: Were you guys satisfied with the ending?

C: I was satisfied when it was done… I don’t know why I was just bored so much of the book that I was just glad it was finally over.

E: And you rated it the highest.

C: Like I said, I liked the premise and the plot line of the book there was just a lot of downtime to it.

E: There was one part when they were watching people eating chickens and they were so disturbed by it. I thought that was hilarious.

C: I liked how Cameron kept with the whole aspect of them not knowing certain words or situations that people experienced on Earth.

E: Yeah, I liked how the fumbled through the computer and had no clue what they were doing or looking at.

C: Did you guys like the romance?

J: I didn’t care either way.

E: I thought it was funny because you meet Gray really quickly in the book and it’s so obvious from the get-go that he was the love interest.

E, also: I wish they would have described Nadia’s family a little more. Cameron talked about how much different she looked from the rest of the family and the only person I could even picture was Gray because of the smear of brown eyelashes.

J: I liked Jonathan.

E: Dude! Ok, Jonathan walked into a burning building.

J: I thought he died!

C: Me too!

J: He was just like, “well I’m going to go kill myself now…”

C: I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one that thought that!

J: Then he just popped back up and I was like, “Jonathan! You just walked into a building to kill yourself, what are you doing back here?!”

E: Jonathan had like nine lives, because then Gray was like I’m going to bash your brains into the ground.

J: And also, if I was Jonathan after the forgetting and someone told me that your past self told me not to let you remember I would so call BS on that!

E: Lilyana, how did you guys feel about her?

J: I didn’t really care about her.

C: She annoyed me so bad to begin with and then I eventually started to like her.

E: How can someone be so mean to someone?

J: If I thought someone infiltrated my family at the last forgetting, I would be mad too!

J, also: We don’t do handouts here, move along! I felt like she had every right to say what she said.

E: This is why Jenn would be the evil character in a book.

J: And she was with Jonathan, so that must have been a wild time.

C: I’m kind of sad we didn’t see anything about their relationship until the very end.

E: When they found the letters on the bracelet, I was like they are clearly Russian!

C: But they wouldn’t have known that…

J: I thought that was supposed to be obvious.

C: What didn’t you like about it then?

J: I didn’t like how all of a sudden she was infatuated with him. I didn’t mind their relationship up until that point.

E: Also when he said he was falling in love with her after telling her all of the terrible crap you were doing. It was so annoying.

C: I felt the same thing…

 

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12 thoughts on “The Forgetting – Saturday Discussion

  1. Great discussion. I didn’t love this one, personally. It wasn’t bad. Just kind of MEH. It was a 3 star read for me. My book club is reading it in September though, so reading your conversation is helpful for me to start thinking up some discussion questions.

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  2. You guys didn’t even mention her father! How would it feel to watch your father do all the things he did and then drink the Koolaid to forget his family. Wow! I kept wondering how she held in all of that anger for all of those years. Maybe I have father issues, but that was a big point for me. He was not repentant enough for me either. I really liked this book a lot though, it reminded me of vintage science fiction fantasy but with kids.
    Loved your group review, fun!

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    1. We actually did discuss the father! Unfortunately we cut some of our discussions down so our readers don’t feel inundated with our opinion. But we were really bothered by her father and really unhappy with the resolution for the things he did. 🙂

      – E

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