Here it is, the third and final of the Marshall Cavendish books I was sent, also the one I originally requested. I’m also going to be doing a give away of a signed copy of Memento Nora to celebrate its release, more on that after the review.
Angie Simbert’s Memento Nora isn’t the kind of thing I’d expect to find aimed at younger audiences. Near daily attacks drive people to Therapeutic Forgetting Clinics where with one little white pill they can leave their fears behind. Nora has her first visit after the bookstore she and her mother are about to visit blows up in front of them, dropping a dead body right at her feet. So, off to forget she goes, at least until she sees mystery guy Micah spit out his pill. At least until she hears what her mother is forgetting. She decides to remember and, alongside Micah and his best friend Winter, share their memories through a comic, Memento.
As I said at the beginning, I hadn’t expected this to be aimed at younger teens when I first read the blurb on Goodreads. It deals with some pretty heavy stuff from government conspiracies to issues at home, and does so without flinching away from the characters reactions. The characters were well thought out, though they felt a little older than their listed ages. The chapters for Micah and Winter were limited and scattered throughout the book, but did an excellent job of developing their characters and back grounds. Memento Nora gets a bit scary when you pause to think about it, that world is something that I could see people letting happen. It’s built on fears and worries that most people seem to either lack or be content to ignore, and on the idea that we as people will trade our very memories for an illusion of safety. I give it a five out of five and look forward to seeing what Simbert does if she writes another novel.
On to the giveaway! Because I enjoyed the book and because I feel like it, I’m going to giveaway one copy of Memento Nora signed by the author. Interested? Just post a comment below, something about the book or current world events, and your email address. On April 1st I’ll announce the winner. Winner will have three days to get back to me with a mailing address, if they don’t then I’ll choose another winner. Thanks!
A quick edit, I’ll only be able to send to commenters from the Continental United States due to issues with shipping.