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Memento Nora by Angie Smibert

April 26th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: April 28, 2011

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: A teen struggles to hold onto her memories-and her identity-in a world that wants everyone to forget-and keep on shopping. Three dynamic teens come together to creat a comic book of their memories.

If you could take a pill to forget any traumatic event would you do it?  This is the question Nora is faced with when her mother takes her to a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic (TFC) after she witnesses a terrorist attack.  While waiting for her turn at the clinic she sees Micah, a fellow classmate, come out and show her that he hid the pill and threw it away. After hearing about the traumatic experience her mother wants to forget Nora decides that someone needs to remember that experience so she secretly spits out the pill as well.  Little does she know the truth behind the terrorist attacks and the TFCs. This is a great story for those new to dystopias.

It’s told from the alternating view points of Nora, Micah and that of Micah’s friend, Winter.  It’s a very quick read and Nora’s character was wonderfully engaging.  I really felt for her when she is crushed by the revelation of why her mother visits the TFCs so often.  Micah’s character was a little more difficult to like.  He comes across as a little whiny and spoiled despite supposedly coming from a poor family.  Winter on the other hand was an intriguing character that unfortunately the reader only gets brief glimpses into her depths.  Since she had her own POV in the story I was expecting to learn more about her.  We are given all these tidbits like being in love with a female reporter, her parents being “detained” by the government and having some sort of anxiety disorder but none of these pieces were fully fleshed out.

The world building was perfectly done.  It builds off the consumerism in today’s world and the growing fear about terrorist attacks without making it unbelievable.  I liked that while there were a few new slang words introduced I didn’t feel like I needed a dictionary to keep up with what the characters were saying.  This is an intriguing dystopia that readers won’t want to miss out on.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Bibliotropic

    I was supposed to get a copy of this through a book tour but it never showed up. So disappointed, because it looks like a book I’d really enjoy!

    Oh well, that just means that I’ll end up buying it and supporting the author a different way instead. :)

  2. Kailana

    This sounds different, so I might have to check it out.

  3. Michelle

    This one didn’t appeal to me, see as though it’s kinda falling in the middle for you it seems I’ve made the right choice in not picking it up.

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