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The Adventure Continues

So, the school year has started once again and things are starting to get a little crazy.  Classes to get used to, kitten to get adjusted to a new apartment, new apartment to get set up.  All that jazz.  New place doesn’t currently have internet, so I’m posting this from the university library.  All the fun there.

So, what’s on the book babe’s plate at the moment?  Inquiring minds want to know (not so much, but bare with me here).  I’m finishing up reading the most recent Memento Nora novel, The Meme Plague, pretty well as I type.  No promises on when I get a review up, but I’m hoping soon.  If nothing else I can type it at home and post it from here.  Got a couple reviews in the works, some mysteries and some romance novels.  Cooking up and epic rant that I want to post just to see if it gets any bites.  The usual stuff.

Got a couple of books from Goodread’s giveaways this summer, Melissa de la Cruz’s Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) and a reprint of Della Martin’s Twilight Girl.  I’ve got Frozen at the moment, and Twilight Girl should be in the mail headed my way.  Not really sure which I’m more interested in reading.

All that aside, I’m considering posting more stuff like this just to keep up with the blog between reviews.  It seems likely that I’m going to continue my trend of posting a few reviews and feeling good about it and then falling off the radar for a time yet, and I don’t enjoy doing that even though I keep letting it happen.  I don’t know.  Chalk it up to whatever you want to.  I’m going to stick around awhile yet.

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.

Memento Nora Winner!

It’s 3:30 on this lovely Friday, April 1st time to announce the winner of that signed copy of Memento Nora!

I forgot to mention this in the previous post, but the winner was selected with the http://www.random.org/ random number generator.

So without further ado, congratulations Latiffanie Preston!

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.