Computer is running slow at the moment.  I’ve finally gotten a summer job and can get a set schedule going here, break out of my do nothing slump.  I’m going to try once again to catch up on my backlog of review books before I get more behind than usual.  That said, on to the review.

Aiden Nomura uses his skills as a hacker to open doors, to see how the universe works.  His life is game, until a new Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic opens near his boarding school in Bern, Switzerland.  With the opening of the new TFC come sudden bombings and the news that Aiden’s cousin Winter has had a mental break down.    He returns to the US immediately to help her.   But the Hamilton he returns to is far different from the one he remembers.  Between a citywide crack down and the growing underground movement, will Aiden be able to rattle the right doors before someone gets hurt?

The Forgetting Curve is a solid sophomore entry in Angie Smibert’s dystopian young adult series.  I like that the focus was moved away from Micah and Nora, the main characters of the previous book, but stayed close with Micah’s best friend Winter and another of her friends Velvet.  The balance of focus between the three characters feels much better this time around with each character taking different approaches to the mystery of why Winter doesn’t remember anything about Memento.  That said, The Forgetting Curve feels a good deal slower than Memento Nora.  It digs a good deal more into the characters’ quiet drama, lots of introspective questioning of what’s the truth and what’s just another door that needs opening.

The TFCs were much less of a thing this time around, less of a looming presence in the background, the focus was much more on Nomura’s newest cell phone.  The Chipster is the newest part of the new government initiative requiring every citizen of Hamilton to get a microchip implanted at the base of their skull for identification.  For their own good of course.  I kind of liked the change of focus here, it shows how quickly the problem is growing as people trade freedoms and privacy for perceived safety.  This is actually one of the changes that made The Forgetting Curve feel like an improvement over Memento Nora.

I don’t know that The Forgetting Curve is as solid as it could be, there were a number of spots that were a bit slow for my taste.  Where it felt like the plot was getting a little bogged down in the details of Hamilton’s politics and the sudden return of Winter’s parents just as she’s had her apparent break down.  It was good though and I really look forward to reading the next one.  I give The Forgetting Curve a four out of five.

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