Anamae is drawn into a world which shatters everything she knew to be true. The first in the trilogy of the brilliant YA Collective series. followed by REMEMBER ME and NEVER FORGOTTEN.
Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother's favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world.
The jewels she finds are not just jewellery, they're a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewellery's power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device - and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she's Enemy Number One. She's forced to leave her father behind when she's taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here, Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world.
With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends' lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.
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Most of the young adult fiction I read is urban fantasy, so the science-fiction angle in Forget Me Not was somewhat new to me - but, like all good sci-fi (and fiction in general), this book was character-driven. I didn't feel like I needed a physics degree to know what was going on, which is the main thing that puts me off sci-fi reads. "Forget Me Not" is set somewhere in Big City America - it's never stated conclusively (or if it is I missed it), but it's somewhere with a president. At first I assumed because Nash is an Aussie author that it might be set here but, given the scale of events in the story, it makes sense that it be set in the global powerhouse that is the US. (Sorry, Australia, but it's true. I still love you, though.) The romance between Mae and Jax is well-developed and, even though I'm firmly Team Will (Mae's best friend), by the end I thought Mae and Jax were a cute and above all realistic couple. Unfortunately for Team Will, the poor guy never had a hope - he's so firmly in the friendzone that Mae can't see his attraction to her, not even when it's spelled out in so many words by a third party. Despite the romance subplot, the story is action- and character-driven, whisking you along. I did see the plot twist coming, but only by about a chapter, so I didn't get frustrated that Mae and the others didn't see it coming. (It always annoys me when I as a reader figure something out ages before the characters do. I'm all, COME ON! IT'S RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU!) I highly recommend Forget Me Not for people who love story-driven YA.
Forget Me Not (Collective #1) by Stacey Nash Anamae’s mother disappeared nine years ago. Her loss still haunts Mae to this day. While at a local thrift store, Anamae discovers a brooch that matches her mother’s favorite pendant. When placed together the pieces activate an unknown technology that cloaks the human form. Now Anamae is being hunted by a secret society that wants to silence her and claim her technology. Stacey Nash created a unique and interesting story that was clever yet believable. The action was nonstop from beginning to end. I really enjoyed the characters. Anamae is determined and strong. Will is a loyal best friend who can be counted on. Jax is the mysterious bad boy. Lilly is the thoughtful girlfriend. The team works well together with Anamae as their core. Forget Me Not is a great book for young adult and up. I could see it making an excellent movie. I look forward to the next book, Remember Me (Collective, #2), due out in August 2014. Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
This was an amazing book with a super fast pace. The action, intrigue, and romance kept me up late at night reading when I should have been asleep. The way the author combines really strong characters with vivid descriptions and a heart-pounding plot is just brilliant. Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys a fast paced young adult read.