Author: Angie Smibert
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
Source: ARC received from the publisher
Summary (From Goodreads):
Aiden Nomura likes to open doors—especially using his skills as a hacker—to see what’s hidden inside. He believes everything is part of a greater system: the universe. The universe shows him the doors, and he keeps pulling until one cracks open. Aiden exposes the flaw, and the universe—or someone else—will fix it. It’s like a game.
Until it isn’t.
When a TFC opens in Bern, Switzerland, where Aiden is attending boarding school, he knows things are changing. Shortly after, bombs go off within quiet, safe Bern. Then Aiden learns that his cousin Winter, back in the States, has had a mental breakdown. He returns to the US immediately.
But when he arrives home in Hamilton, Winter’s mental state isn’t the only thing that’s different. The city is becoming even stricter, and an underground movement is growing.
Along with Winter’s friend, Velvet, Aiden slowly cracks open doors in this new world. But behind those doors are things Aiden doesn’t want to see—things about his society, his city, even his own family. And this time Aiden may be the only one who can fix things… before someone else gets hurt.
First of all, if you haven’t read Memento Nora by Angie Smibert, then stop reading this review and go here for my review of Memento Nora.
The Forgetting Curve is just as mysterious and exciting to read as Memento Nora. In fact, I think I liked it more than the first book. The pacing is perfect for such a short book (202 pages), and the multiple points of view give it more depth. I thought we’d get to read more from Nora’s and Micah’s points of view, but instead we’re introduced to Aiden and Velvet. I enjoyed the new characters, and I like that we get to continue reading from Winter’s point of view as well.
My students loved Memento Nora, so I know they’ll love The Forgetting Curve as well. This is a great series because it holds a lot of appeal for reluctant readers. It’s a short book, it’s gender neutral, and the chapters are short. Plus, there’s lot of action to keep the plot interesting. Just like in the first book, Angie Smibert has given readers something to think about and discuss in this sequel which adds to its reluctant reader appeal. Teens love to share their opinions on issues; they love to argue and debate. I can easily see teens reading this book and getting into a heated discussion about the government mind control that’s taking place.
Another aspect of The Forgetting Curve that I like is the ending. So many series have horrible cliffhanger endings which leave you with tons of questions. I don’t always have a problem with those endings, but I appreciate it when the author has a more tied up and clean ending with the just the hint of a sequel or another book. Angie Smibert has that in The Forgetting Curve. I feel satisfied with how this book ended, but based on the ending I know there will, or could be, a third book. I’m pretty sure most of my students prefer endings like that too.
Fun characters, great pacing, lots of reader appeal. If you like sci-fi/dystopians, I suggest reading this great series!