The forgetting / Sharon Cameron.

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      Summary: Canaan is a quiet city on an idyllic world, hemmed in by high walls, but every twelve years the town breaks out in a chaos of bloody violence, after which all the people undergo the Forgetting, in which they are left without any trace of memory of themselves, their families, or their lives--but somehow seventeen-year-old Nadia has never forgotten, and she is determined to find out what causes it and how to put a stop to the Forgetting forever.
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Booklist Reviews 2016 August #1

Every 12 years, the Forgetting sweeps through the walled city of Canaan, erasing residents' memories. To preserve their society and sense of self, they religiously record their daily lives in journals that they keep tethered to their persons. Cameron (Rook, 2015) quietly unspools the days leading up to the next Forgetting by focusing on Nadia—a teenage girl who is immune to forgetting—and interspersing passages from Nadia's journals. Much in the vein of Katniss and Tris, Nadia is a thoughtful and daring protagonist who begins to find cracks in Canaan's simple, trade-based society. During one of her secret trips over the city's wall, Nadia catches the attention of Gray, the glassblower's son, and together they make discoveries that reveal the shocking history of Canaan. Cameron posits many interesting questions about memory and truth in this novel, but unfortunately the plot doesn't manage to pull events and revelations together in an intelligible way. Less action-packed than many dystopias, Nadia's story carries plenty of intrigue and a dash of romance, which will satisfy many fans of the genre. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall

Every twelve years, the inhabitants of Canaan have their memories erased in "the Forgetting." Only Nadia doesn't forget--she remembers the bloody chaos of the last Forgetting, and she is determined to stop the next one and save her family and city. Well-sustained suspense, believable characterization, a heroic protagonist, a hint of romance, and an unexpected but satisfying end twist make this a compelling read. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2016 June #2

The Forgetting, a consequence-free night of lawlessness and bloodshed accompanied by a total loss of memory, comes to the walled city of Canaan every 12 years, and its citizens rely on their books to remember who they are afterward, unless they decide to start new lives. Teenage Nadia isn't like the others: she remembers everything, and has been scaling the city's walls for some time. When the charming Gray catches her and demands that she take him over the wall, she can't refuse for fear of being reported to the Council. The setting is kept vague until the second half of the novel, when it truly finds its legs and a world-shattering twist is revealed. The sweet romance between Nadia and Gray is hard-earned and realistic, and Cameron (Rook) mines Nadia's relationships with her family (including her heartbreak over her father's abandonment) while steadily building tension as the Forgetting draws closer. Memory—and how it shapes identities and futures—is at the heart of this absorbing adventure, and the satisfying conclusion leaves an opening for further novels. Ages 12–up. Agent: Kelly Sonnack, Andrea Brown Literary. (Sept.)

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