The Forgetting is about a girl named Nadia. She lives in a city named Canaan. Canaan is a large city, surrounded by tall walls. Inside it’s walls people live a near normal life, except for something dreadful. Every twelve years, the whole city goes through something called the forgetting, during which everyone’s memories are erased. They start life again as blank slates, and know nothing about their previous life. To prevent major confusion, everyone has a book. Your book is your life, literally. You write down truth in your book, and you must write in it every day. This is so that, after the forgetting, you learn who you are. But, Nadia is different. She remembers everything. With the help of Gray, she tries to figure out why the forgetting occurs and how to stop it before the next forgetting, which is only coming closer.
I really enjoyed the book. I especially enjoyed all of the surprises it threw at me. It was funny and entertaining, and I couldn’t put it down. It was extremely detailed, and it was almost as if I was a part of all the action. I felt like I was in Canaan itself. The only thing I disliked was the end of the book. The climax was pretty rushed, and so was everything after it. Other that that, it was one of the best books I’ve read.
One memorable thing from the book was Nadia’s little sister, Genivee. Genivee is a twelve year old girl, and she is my favorite character. She is sweet, kind, funny, and artistic. She is one of the few people that will listen to Nadia, and is always extremely energetic. She is a really good sister, and always keeps Nadia in her mind.
Reviewed by Pranithi, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Library