Author: Angie Smibert
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Release Date: 4/1/2011
Source: ARC Tour
Date Read: 1/31/11
When I picked up this book I thought it would be a a miniaturized repeat of other dsytopian novels, and while there are similarities between this book and other works, I was intrigued by the storyline and the character’s chemistry. It reads like a psychology journal- of memories to forget. I liked the fact that because it was a journal of memories to forget, the author doesn’t bore you with irrelevant details. The idea of forgetting to be happy is a similar theme in other dystopian novels and its a relevant topic to today’s world, where people medicate themselves to not live with the pain. Also, the theme of privatized security was really prevalent, without using more than 200 pages Smibert was able to incorporate all these societal evils into one book. Amazing!
Other things I liked:
- I like how the author created a new slang/vocabulary. It was hard to pick up, but very creative, and reminded me of the Uglies with the words like bubbly. In this book everything is glossy.
- Funny how the reward for memory erased is points, like a credit card.
- Told in multiple viewpoints, love this in stories...really brings out the whole picture.
Although I understand the point of the ending, it left me a little unsatisfied. I am wondering if there is a sequel in the works??
Writing Style: 4/5
“when in doubt spit it out” Micah
“it was like the superheroes had abandoned gotham, and we the citizens were supposed to pop a pill and forget all about it.” Micah