The Forgetting Curve (Memento Nora Series)

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Aiden Nomura likes to open doors — especially using his skills as a hacker — to see what’s hidden inside. He just keeps pulling until one cracks open, exposing the flaws. The universe — or someone else — will fix things. It’s like a game . . . until it isn’t.

When a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic opens in Bern, Switzerland, near Aiden’s boarding school, he knows things are changing. Shortly after, bombs go off within quiet, safe Bern. Then Aiden learns that his cousin Winter, ...

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Overview

Aiden Nomura likes to open doors — especially using his skills as a hacker — to see what’s hidden inside. He just keeps pulling until one cracks open, exposing the flaws. The universe — or someone else — will fix things. It’s like a game . . . until it isn’t.

When a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic opens in Bern, Switzerland, near Aiden’s 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.

With the help of 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Alternating chapters provide viewpoints of several characters—Aiden, Velvet and Winter—as we are quickly immersed in a future world where politics and business collude to control...well, almost everything. The themes will seem familiar to current day readers with corporations buying politicians and the legislative power they can wield over the population. Terrorist events are apparently manufactured to raise the fear factor and make people more amenable to higher levels of control. The Therapeutic Forgetting Clinics (TFC) are going worldwide and now they do not just erase unpleasant memories, they may actually create fake memories in order to manipulate individuals; you can't trust anything or anyone, even yourself. Aiden is a computer hacker extraordinaire, cousin Winter an inventive genius, and rebellious Velvet has her own set of rules for just about every situation. They are racing to reveal the full extent of TFC's plotting and put a stop to it—if they can—before the law requires everyone to be implanted with an ID chip. Starting with this second book in the series the reader will find engaging, spirited characters and a plot that can stand on its own, but lacking is important background information on interpersonal relationships as well as the cumulative menace of people being disappeared into Detention or mental hospitals when they become inconvenient. This story could provide great fodder for discussions about the relative roles of government, business and the individual in a world of increasing consolidation and conformity. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761462651
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/31/2012
  • Series: Momento Nora
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 372,053
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Angie Smibert is the author of Memento Nora, as well as fiction and nonfiction articles for teens and adults. She blogs about dystopian fiction at the League of Extraordinary Writers blog: www.leaguewriters.blogspot.com. She lives in Virginia. Learn more about Angie and the Memento Nora series at www.angiesmibert.com and www.mementonora.com.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

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    This series is shaping up to be unforgettable!

    While I had been hoping for more about Nora and Micah with The Forgetting Curve, I was oddly relieved when the story jumps into a different plotline with a new cast of characters. Perhaps I took my own forgetting pill, but I enjoyed these characters a whole lot more than the original cast. I cannot pinpoint why, but I think it might have to do with my small guilty penchant for computer hackers and Aiden was just too glossy and charming for words. Obviously Memento Nora was just the beginning of the series, but it revolved around the romance of 2 individuals from mismatched backgrounds. In The Forgetting Curve, the story gets so much more intense as Aiden, Winter, and Velvet join the movement to fight against mind-altering chip mandate. I expect Angie Smibert to deliver a conclusion that will explode out of the ballpark with the (final?) installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

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    A perfect second installment

    The Forgetting Curve picks up right where Momento Nora left off, transporting us across the ocean to Winter's cousin, Aiden, living in Switzerland. Winter sent him the "Memento" comic book that we were introduced to previously. Aiden distributes the comic in Switzerland right before taking off for the US to spend the summer interning with the Nomura company.

    Diving back into this world is a real trip. The sights and sounds are all familiar enough that the reader realizes this is a very near-future type of dystopia--the kind of thing that could happen if we really let out big electronics companies climb in bed with our governments. The world-building is once again well-done as we explore slightly different parts of the world and see it through different eyes.

    The POVs that we get in The Forgetting Curve are markedly different that those from Momento Nora, and I mean that it a good way! I especially enjoyed Aiden's narration because he had such different experiences and insights. From the moment that he starts working for the Normura company, he begins to suspect that there's a lot going on that isn't out in the public eye and a lot that isn't "good" and people wouldn't want. The idea of forgetting the bad stuff might be appealing but how would people feel if they realized they were on the path to having their thoughts controlled and manipulated?

    If you haven't taken the time to read Momento Nora, then I highly recommend that you purchase these two books together. They are quick, fascinating reads that pull you in to a highly manipulative technological future that, who knows, maybe we'll have to deal with someday.

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