One thing I loved about Angie Smibert‘s MEMENTO NORA was the nearness of it. The novel felt so close to our reality, rather than the far distant future. And it was terrifying — this world where people were not only encouraged by the government to forget the scary, traumatic things that happened to them, but who actually have medical forgetting procedures on a regular basis.
Nora’s world should be filled with fear — there are constant terrorist bombings, black vans roam the streets, and people disappear for speaking out against the authorities. But Nora and her friends and family have never felt this fear, since when something scary happens, all they have to do is forget, down at the Theraputic Forgetting Clinic — or the TFC — and then go on with their every day lives as happy consumers. But when Nora sees her first terrorist attack, and her mom brings her into the TFC to erase it from her memory, she meets a boy — completely by accident — who tells her not to take the pill. It’s almost a dare, and one that Nora can’t resist. Of course, this changes Nora’s reality forever.
Once a part of the popular clique, Nora is now hanging out in the library with her new friends, and they have a dangerous idea: an indie comic called Memento, recounting all the stories the government wants people to forget, the stories that the TFC is erasing. It’s this comic that threatens the structure of Nora’s society — making her and her friends targets the way they never thought they’d be.
With tight writing, a fabulous premise, and memorable characters, MEMENTO NORA is a fun, fast read that holds its own alongside some of our most-loved dystopian tales. Out April 1st from Marshall Cavendish, make sure you ask your bookseller or librarian for it if you can’t find it on the shelves! And if you’re anything like me, you’ll be just dying to read the next book in the series.