magine a world where your destiny has already been decided...by your future self.
It's Callie's seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she's eagerly awaiting her visiona memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they're meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.
Or in Callie's case, a criminal.
In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in prison. The only person who can help is her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn't spoken to in five years.
Logan breaks her free, but can she trust him? He’s almost the same boy she remembers, but now he’s a whole lot hotter. And he’s got his own past to deal with. Callie’s falling for him, fast, but she soon learns he has secrets of his own. Secrets that mean they can never be together.
Now, Callie's on the run not only from the government, but also from her fate. If she wants any hope of a future with Logan, she must first find a way to protect her sister from the biggest threat of allherself.
|Publisher:||Entangled Publishing, LLC|
|Series:||Forget Tomorrow Series , #1|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Lexile:||610L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
When her first-grade teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, Pintip replied, "An author." Although she has pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered. Pintip graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she published an article in the Yale Law Journal, entitled, "How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis." She is a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. http://www.pintipdunn.com/
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By Pintip Dunn, Liz Pelletier
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"The next leaf that falls will be red," my six-year-old sister Jessa announces. An instant later, a crimson leaf flutters through the air like the tail feather of a cardinal.
Jessa grabs it and tucks it into the pocket of her school uniform, a silver mesh jumpsuit that is a smaller version of mine. Crunchy leaves blanket the square, the only burst of color in Eden City's landscape. Behind our patch of a park, bullet trains shoot by in electromagnetic vacuum tubes, and metal and glass buildings vie for every inch of pavement. Their gleaming spirals do more than scrape the sky — they punch right through it.
"Now orange," Jessa says. A leaf the color of overripe squash tumbles from the tree. "Brown." Sure enough, brown as mud and just as dead.
"You going for some kind of record?" I ask.
She turns to me and grins, and I forget all about tomorrow and what is about to happen. My senses fill with my sister. The voice that lilts like music. The way her hair curves around her chin. Her eyes as warm and irresistible as roasted chestnuts.
I can almost feel the patches of dry skin on her elbows, where she refuses to apply lotion. And then, the moment passes. Knowledge seeps through me, the way a person gains consciousness after a dream. Tomorrow, I turn seventeen. I will become, by the ComA's decree, an official adult. I will receive my memory from the future.
Sometimes, I feel as if I've been waiting all my life to turn seventeen. I measure my days not by my experiences but by the time remaining until I receive my memory, the memory, the one that's supposed to give meaning to my life.
They tell me I won't feel so alone then. I'll know, without a shred of doubt, that somewhere in another spacetime exists a future version of me, one who turns out all right. I'll know who I'm supposed to be. And I'll never feel lost again.
Too bad I had to live through seventeen years of filler first.
"Yellow." Jessa returns to her game, and a yellow leaf detaches from a branch. "Orange."
Ten times, fifteen times, twenty, she correctly predicts the color of the next leaf to fall. I clap and cheer, even though I've seen this show, or something like it, dozens of times before.
And then I notice him. A guy wearing my school's uniform, sitting on a curved metal bench thirty feet away. Watching us.
The back of my neck prickles. He can't possibly hear us. He's too far away. But he's looking. Why is he looking? Maybe he has super-sensitive hearing. Maybe the wind has picked up our words and carried them to him.
How could I be so stupid? I never let Jessa stop in the park. I always march her straight home after school, just like my mother orders. But today, I wanted — I needed — the sun, if only for a few minutes.
I place a hand on my sister's arm, and she stills. "We need to leave. Now." My tone implies the rest of the sentence: before the guy reports your psychic abilities to the authorities.
Jessa doesn't even nod. She knows the drill. She drops into step beside me, and we head for the train station on the other side of the square. Out of the corner of my eye, I see him stand up and follow us. I bite my lip so hard I taste blood. What now? Make a run for it? Talk to him and attempt damage control?
His face comes into view. He has closely cropped blond hair and a ridiculously charming grin, but that's not why my knees go weak.
It's my classmate, Logan Russell, swim team captain and owner of what my best friend Marisa calls the best pecs in this spacetime. Harmless. Sure, he has the nerve to smile at me after ignoring me for five years, but he's no threat to Jessa's well-being.
When we were kids, his brother Mikey made a racquetball hover above the court. Without touching it. ComA whisked him away, and he hasn't been seen since. Logan's not about to report my sister to anyone.
"Calla, wait up," he says, as if it's been days instead of years since we sat next to each other in the T-minus five classroom.
I stop walking, and Jessa clutches my hand. I give her three squeezes to let her know we're safe. "My friends call me 'Callie,'" I tell Logan. "But if you don't already know that, maybe you should use my birthday."
"All right, then." Coming to a stop in front of us, he jams his hands in his pockets. "You must be nervous, October Twenty-eight. About tomorrow, I mean."
I lift my eyebrow. "How would you have the first clue what my feelings are?"
"We used to be friends."
"Right," I say. "I still remember the time you peed your pants on our way to the Outdoor Core."
He meets my gaze head on. "Ditto for the part where you splashed us both with water from the fountain so no one else would know."
He remembers? I look away, but it's too late. I can smell the protein pellets we made a pact never to eat, feel the touch on my shoulder when Amy Willows compared my hair to straw.
"Forget her," the twelve-year-old Logan had whispered, as the credits rolled on the documentary on farming methods before the Technology Boom. "Scarecrows are the coolest ever."
I had gone home and daydreamed I'd received the memory from my future self, and in it Logan Russell was my husband. Of course, that was before I learned the older girls waited until a boy received his future memory before deciding if he was a good match. Who cares if Logan has dimples, if his future doesn't show sufficient credits to provide for his family? He may have a swimmer's physique today, but it might very well melt into fat twenty years from now.
By the time I figured out my crush was premature, it didn't matter. The boy of my dreams had already stopped talking to me.
I cross my arms. "What do you want, October Twenty-six?"
Instead of responding, he moves behind Jessa. She's taken the leaves from her jumpsuit and is twisting them around each other to make them look like the petals of a flower. Logan sinks down beside her, helping her tie off the "bud" with a sturdy stem.
Jessa beams as if he's given her a rainbow on a plate. So he makes my sister smile. It's going to take more than a measly stem to compensate for five years of silence.
They fool around with the leaves — making more "roses," combining them into a bouquet — for what seems like forever. And then Logan holds one of the roses up to me. "I got my memory yesterday."
My arms and mouth drop at the same time. Of course he did. I'd just used his school name. How could I forget?
Logan's birthday is two days before mine. It's why we sat next to each other all those years. That's how the school orders us — not by last name or height or grades, but by the time remaining until we receive our future memory.
I notice the hourglass insignia, half an inch wide, tattooed on the inside of his wrist. Everyone who's received a future memory has one. Underneath the tattoo, a computer chip containing your future memory is implanted, where it can be scanned by prospective employers, loan officers, even would-be parents-in-law.
In Eden City, your future memory is your biggest recommendation. More than your grades, more than your credit history. Because your memory is more than a predictor. It's a guarantee.
"Congratulations," I say. "To whom am I speaking? A future ComA official? Professional swimmer? Maybe I should get your autograph now, while I still have the chance."
Logan gets to his feet and brushes the dirt from his pants. "I did see myself as a gold-star swimmer. But there was something else, too. Something ... unexpected."
"What do you mean?"
He takes a step closer. I'd forgotten his eyes are green. They're the green of grass before summer, a sheen caught somewhere between vibrant and dull, as if the color can't decide whether to thrive in the sun or wither in its heat.
"It wasn't like how we were taught, Callie. My memory didn't answer my questions. I don't feel at peace or aligned with the world. I just feel confused."
I lick my lips. "Maybe you didn't follow the rules. Maybe your future self messed up and sent the wrong memory."
I can't believe I said that. We spend our entire childhood learning how to choose the proper memory, one that will get us through the difficult times. And here I am, telling another person he screwed up the only test that matters. I didn't think I had it in me.
"Maybe," he says, but we both know it's not true. Logan is smart, too smart to be beat by me in the T-minus seven spelling bee, and too smart to mess this up.
And then I get it. "You're kidding. In the future, you're the best swimmer the country has ever seen. Right?"
Something I can't identify passes over his face. And then he says, "Right. I have so many medals, I need to build an addition to my house in order to display them."
He wasn't kidding, something inside me yells. He's trying to tell you something.
But if Logan's one of the anomalies I've heard rumors about — the ones who receive a bad memory, or worse, no memory at all — I don't want to know about it. We haven't been friends for half a decade. I'm not going to worry about him just because he's deemed me worthy of his attention again.
Suddenly, I can't wait for the conversation to end. I reach for Jessa's hand and connect with her elbow. "Sorry," I say to Logan, "but we need to get going."
Jessa hands him the bouquet of leaves, and I tug her away. We are almost out of earshot when he calls, "Callie? Happy Memory's Eve. May the joy of the future sustain you through the trials of the present."
It's the standard salutation, spoken the day before everyone's seventeenth birthday. In the past, Logan's address would have filled my cheeks with warmth, but this time his words only send a chill creeping up my spine.
We walk into the house to the smell of chocolate cake. My mother's in the eating area, her dark brown hair twisted into a bun, still wearing her uniform with the ComA insignia stitched across the pocket. She's a bot supervisor at one of the agencies, but she gets paid by the Committee of Agencies, or ComA, the governmental entity that runs our nation.
We drop our school bags and run. I hug my mother from behind as Jessa attacks her legs. "Mom! You're home!"
My mother turns. Powdered sugar clings to her cheek, and chocolate frosting darkens one eyebrow. The red light that normally blinks on our Meal Assembler is off. Actual ingredients — packets of flour, a small carton of milk, real eggs — lay strewn across the eating table.
I raise my eyebrows. "Mom, are you cooking? Manually?"
"It's not every day my daughter turns seventeen. I thought I'd try making a cake, in honor of my future Manual Chef."
"But how did you ..." My voice trails off as I spot the small rectangular machine on the floor. It has a glass door with knobs along one side, two metal racks, and a coil that turns red when it's hot.
An oven. My mother bought me a functioning oven.
My hand shoots to my mouth. "Mom, this must have cost a hundred credits! What if ... what if my memory doesn't show me as a successful chef?"
"It wasn't easy to find, I'll give you that." She takes off the rag around her waist and shakes it. A cloud of flour puffs into the air. "But I have complete faith in you. Happy Memory's Eve, dear heart."
She hoists Jessa onto her hip and pulls me into a hug so that we are in a circle of her arms, the way it's always been. Just the three of us.
I have few memories of my father. He is not so much a gaping hole in my life as he is a shadow who lurks around the corner, just out of reach. I used to pester my mom for details, but tonight, on the eve of my seventeenth birthday, the heavy knowledge of him is enough.
My mother begins to clear the ingredients off the table, the bare, gleaming skin of her wrist catching the light that emanates from the walls. She doesn't have a tattoo. Future memories didn't arrive systematically until a few years ago, and my mother wasn't lucky enough to receive one.
Maybe if she had, she wouldn't have lost her job. My mother used to be a medical aide, but as more and more applicants came with memory chips showing futures as competent diagnosticians, it had only been a matter of time before she got downgraded to bot supervisor. "You can hardly blame them," she had said with a shrug. "Why take a risk when you can bet on a sure thing?"
We sit down to a dinner usually reserved for the New Year. Everything has the slightly plastic taste of food prepared in the Meal Assembler, but the spread itself is unrivaled by the best manual cooking establishments. A whole roast chicken, its skin golden brown and crispy. Mashed potatoes fluffy with butter. Sugar snap peas sautéed with cloves of garlic.
We don't talk through most of dinner — can't talk, our mouths are so full. Jessa savors the snap peas like they are candy, nibbling at the ends and rolling them around her mouth before sucking the entire pods down.
"We should have invited that boy to dinner," she says, a snap pea dangling from her mouth. "We've got so much food."
Mom's hand stills on the serving spoon. "What boy?" she pries.
"Just one of my classmates." I feel my cheeks growing red and then remind myself that I have no reason to be embarrassed. I don't like Logan anymore. I help myself to more dark meat. "We ran into him at the park. It was no big deal."
"Why were you even there in the first place?"
The chicken suddenly feels dry in my mouth. I messed up. I know that. But I couldn't bear to be stuck inside today. I needed to feel the sun's warmth on my face, to look at the leaves and imagine my future.
"We only talked to him for a minute, Mom. Jessa was calling out the color of the leaves before they fell, and I wanted to make sure he didn't hear —"
"Wait a minute. She was doing what?"
Uh oh. Wrong answer. "It's no big deal —" "How many times?"
"About twenty," I admit.
My mother pulls the necklace from under her shirt, where it normally resides, and rubs the cross between her fingers. We're not supposed to wear religious symbols in public. It's not that religion is illegal. Just ... unnecessary. The traditions of the pre-Boom era gave their believers comfort, hope, and reassurance — in short, everything that future memory provides us now. The only difference is we actually have proof that the future exists. When we do pray, it's not to any god, but to Fate herself and the predetermined course she's set.
But my mom can be excused for clinging to one of the old faiths. She never got her glimpse of the future, after all.
"Calla Ann Stone." She grips the cross. "I depend on you to keep your sister safe. That means you do not allow her to speak to strangers. You do not stop in a park on your way home from school. And you do not display her abilities for anyone to see."
I look at my hands. "I'm sorry, Mom. It was just this once. Jessa is safe, I promise. Logan's own brother was taken by ComA. He would never tell on her."
At least, I don't think he would. Why did he talk to me today? For all I know, he was spying on Jessa. Maybe he's working for ComA now. Maybe his report will be the one that sends my sister away.
Or maybe it has nothing to do with Jessa. Maybe the falling leaves reminded him of another time, when we used to be friends. My mind drifts to an old book of poems Mom gave me for my twelfth birthday. Pressed in between the pages, next to a poem by Emily Brontë, is a crumbling red leaf. The first leaf Logan ever gave me. A small piece of my heart, one I didn't even know still existed, knocks against my chest.
"You were lucky." My mother strides to the counter and snaps up the cake stand. "Next time might not work out so well."
She plunks the stand on the eating table and lifts the dome. The chocolate cake is higher on one side than the other, the frosting glopped on and messy. Each mark of the handmade-ness reproaches me. See how hard your mother worked? This is how you repay her?
"There's not going to be a next time," I say. "I'm sorry."
"Don't apologize to me. Think how you would feel if you never saw your sister again."
The chocolate cake swims before my eyes. This is so unfair. I would never let them take Jessa away from us. My mother knows this. I just wanted to see the sun. The world is not over.
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Dystopian Excellence...Fierce and Unique...We should never know too much about tomorrow.
Forget Tomorrow is set in a world where on your seventeenth birthday you are given one of your future memories. This memory is supposed to give you an idea of what your life will be and what you will do for a living. Callie has been training to be a Chef. Well, they call it something different, but in essence that is what she thinks her memory will show her. If it does, it means she will be put into training for that job and her future is secure. However, there is a very small percentage of people whose memory shows them perpetrating a crime. In that case their lives would be forfeit until that memory is reality and they will be charged for their crime. Yeah, you can see where this one is going, right? This was a totally original tale and I found myself caught up in this alternate world very easily. Callie was an average teenager and this memory completely blindsided her and freaked her out. She is the last one you’d think would be a criminal and Callie is positive this memory will not come true. She then takes measures to make certain it doesn’t with the help of a boy, Logan, that she has grown up with. Logan used to be a good friend of hers but hasn’t spoken to her in five years after his brother was taken away for exhibiting psychic behavior. Something the authorities in this world want to study and basically jail anyone who shows signs of a psychic gift. There were a lot of twists and turns in this novel and I definitely don’t want to give any of the surprises away in my review. I will say that the ending took me completely off guard. Iwasn’t entirely pleased with it, but as this is the first in a series I am going to hold out hope that what happens gets resolved in a future storyline!
Forget Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow #1) Pintip Dunn Book Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Wow! Forget Tomorrow has left me a little speechless (Que sitting, and thinking for 30 minutes before continuing with my review). It has been a while since I've read a dystopian novel. I find them to be the most emotional genre of books. This one was really really good, and I couldn't put it down. It reminded me of Divergent in a lot of ways and would say if you like Veronica Roth's book you will like this. A memory from the future can set your fate for a lifetime, but what if that memory is bad. It's Callie's 17th birthday, and she is about to receive her futuristic message. She's nervous and wants to spend her last day without the knowledge enjoying what she has. Her little sister is gifted, and her family must avoid her being detected. Her sister, Jessa can predict the future but only seconds in front. A little guessing game on the way home from school can't hurt, right? Logan's brother was gifted too, but they took him away. He has been a shell of his former self ever since. A few days after getting his future memory he sees Callie in the park with Jessa. They haven't spoken since the day his brother was taken. Now he wants to reconnect but at what cost? Can fate be changed? Forget tomorrow is the first book in a series of books the 3rd book is due out in September. I have been lucky enough to receive an ARC of this series. If you like dystopian novels then you will like this one. It follows the usual pattern. Dystopian- an undesirable society with a glimpse at hope. This book has romance and an ending which will leave you wanting more. 5 stars out of 5.
A futurist time that is full of doom and lives without choices. This book so reminds me of the Divergent series in that our heroine fights for change. Imagine a world where your name is secondary to your birth date and at age 17 your destiny is revealed. Characters of Logan and Callie were real and invoked intense emotion that was heart wrenching. Future Pintip Dunn installments in this series are required to answer questions that remain. "A copy of this book was supplied by Entangled Publishing, LLC with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read and the comments here are my honest opinion."
"Forget Tomorrow" is a really intriguing YA dystopian set in a future where your life is guided by a future memory, which you receive upon your seventeenth birthday. Your future self has chosen a memory and sent it back to you- it might show you being incredibly successful, maybe something mundane, or maybe even a crime you have committed. Callie is turning 17 and so excited to receive her memory, where she hopes to be hailed as an amazing chef. Unfortunately, the memory she sees is so unbelievably different- she sees herself killing her younger sister with whom she is very close. People whose memories are of them committing a crime (no matter the circumstances), are sent to Limbo- they haven't committed the crime yet, so they can't be convicted, but there is enough evidence that they will that they can't just be set free. Callie is willing to be imprisoned if it would save her sister. However, it is unclear if we are destined to live out the future memories or whether they might be changed. Between the philosophical questions about destiny, time travel (as the memories are from the future- so is time linear or circular), psychic abilities, and the legality of imprisoning someone you think might commit a crime, Callie takes us through this new world piece by piece on an engaging and intriguing journey. The flow of the book is absolutely perfect, and the questions raised in it are really thought-provoking. The romance was really sweet too- with just a dash (not overwhelming) of teen drama. The ending does have a cliffhanger, so be prepared to want to dive into the next book immediately! Overall, this was a fantastic dystopian book that gives you some big questions to consider. Fans of Divergent and similar styles will really enjoy this one! Please note that I received a digital copy from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Imagine a far away world where it is normal for every seventeen year old to receive a memory from their futuristic self, it is meant to show them what path they end up taking in life to prepare them and also to nudge them in the proper direction, but what happens when the Government takes things a little too far? [because it's always only a matter of time!] Well! This novel has certainly led me to never want to see my future, that is for certain. Amidst this book, I found deep lines, lines that made me feel for the background characters, lines that make you wish for these characters that they never saw their small glimpse into the future. Callie just received her memory and it isn't a good one, in the future she kills her baby sister but doesn't know why, so she thinks to turn herself in but she doesn't know this: FumA [the government branch that handles the memories,] has their way of dealing with situations like this... But, much to her disbelief a friend from the past, Logan, shows up and it seems Fate would have other ideas. Admittedly, this book took me a good while to finish, because although it is interesting the ideas were simply not fresh. It wasn't fast paced, there were often moments of just stewing in Callie's head as it is told in her point of view, she is often frantic [understandably so,] but it makes for a tantric read at some points. There also was a good number of situations that were simply not explained thoroughly and the way the relationship between Callie and Logan grew was not woven intricately enough for me. It is, however, a unique read, in that, this book surrounds the idea of psychics being used in the future, the world has an Underground and they have sympathizers that aid them when they are in need of supplies. At the ending of the book I was left blinking, there are so many things that lead up to this moment only to have it pan out in a way that you question everything. Which means that it sets up for the second book SPLENDIDLY. So, if you're a lover of all things Dystopian YA, check it out! I gave it 3.5 Savvy Crowns.
With heart-filled romance, high stakes, adventure and a pinch of science fiction, this story takes a new twist on dystopian worlds with the promise of even more great things to come. Callie is seventeen. In her society, this means that she'll receive a memory from her future self to help her determine what choices will be best for her in the future. But instead of seeing herself as a future chef, she receives a vision of her murdering her younger sister. Not only is Callie devastated and can't comprehend how this could ever happen, but she's now deemed as a future criminal and is locked away as the trash she's marked to be. Now, Callie must find a way to escape not only the prison but the destiny her future holds. Pintip Dunn is one of the more eloquent writers in the YA genre, and I always am looking forward to diving into her books. This one is no different. Her scenes, characters and world gain a wonderful vividness which makes it easy to fall into her realms. But that doesn't mean that the action and tension falls short either. There's never a boring moment as Callie finds herself in one seemingly insurmountable situation after the other. Of course, there are many things going on which the reader discovers only little by little, layers which are unpredictable and hold many surprises. This is a packed story with tons of different elements, and if it weren't for the fact that this is only the first in a series, it might be a little much. But as the first book, this offers an amazing base for a wide range of possibilities yet to come. There's a nice science fiction direction with the time travel, and although there were several holes in the logic on this end, I'm hoping these will be cleared up in the rest of the series. Romance is key in these pages, and there's a lovely one at that. It comes across a bit sudden at first, but as the story progresses, the pieces start to fall into place creating a great romantic flow. The ending is a treat all for itself and demands that the adventure be continued into book two. Summed up, this is great read for fans of dystopian fiction who love a nice dose of romance with their adventure. I received a complimentary copy and wanted to leave my thoughts
I adore the idea of seventeen-year-olds receiving a memory from their future selves. My mind is still spinning as I think about it. The implications in FORGET TOMORROW and in my imagination are twisty and intricate. I love it when a book makes me think. Can't wait to read the next one!
I was given a free copy of this book from LovingDemBooks Booktube Tours in exchange for an honest review In all honesty, I haven't read a Dystopian book is sooo long because they all seemed very generic and followed the same outline of a story line. Though this novel did show some Dystopian cliches, it also brought its own creative twists and differences "Maybe we could learn how to breathe again if we could only forget tomorrow." Let's talk about the general gist of this novel. People are given a memory of the future, and that defines their entire life. I really enjoyed the overlying theme of "you are in charge of your own fate." These citizens in this novel are confined to this box that they're put in once their 17th birthday arrives, and I think that stands true to real life also. People confine themselves into a box of what they can or can't do, or what they are and what they're not. People in the real world think they're confined to these labels of "artist" or "loner," when in all reality, other people can't label them. We're the only ones in charge of our lives, and no one should be able to take that away. The characters aren't super radical like all other Dystopian MCs. Callie and Logan are literally everyday students, and that's really refreshing Of course, there are things that set them apart from others. But, it really does feel like these two students were thrust into this world and they didn't really ask for it like Tris from Divergent (who was literally always looking for trouble). Callie and Logan have a goal they want to achieve, and it's a reasonable goal. Of course, events do spiral into madness, but I think seeing these average teens thrown into this situation and not freaking revolutionaries was great. The characters aren't that deep, but there's a reasoning for that. I'm going to quickly talk about some of my spoiler-y thoughts about that. I LOVED HOW YOU COULD TELL THIS SERIES DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND CALLIE. Not only is she not the "chosen one," but even when she walks into the Underground, she finds that she is literally nothing special. I loved the normal-ness of Callie and Logan, but the amount of uniquity that was still in the both of them. AHHHH THE NEXT BOOK IS FOLLOWING THE ACTUAL SISTER WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN?!?!?JKASJD But anyways, I truly think these characters had just about 60% average teenager and 30% dystopian main character. I'm really excited to see where she goes with the series after the events in this novel and the character development! The romance wasn't really a main plot point in the book. Literally, it happened... And it was very prevalent that it was happening... But that's it. If you don't like romance though, be aware that that being said, THERE IS STILL A SOLID ROMANCE RELATIONSHIP GOOEY THING HERE. And honestly, I don't even know if it was truly insta-love because they were childhood best friends, but it was like 40% insta-love. Though the romance between the two causes them to help each other when they wouldn't have before wards, I just can't see this romance as a huge plot device like it was in ACOMF. (ACOMF ACOMF ACOMF ACOMFASJDOAJDI) I thought the beginning was kind of slow. Callie was of course acting the way a sheltered teenager does in her society, brainwashed by the government. But, her character does quickly change and develop. I really enjoyed the first part of the middle (where I can't say what happens because spoilers) and I reallllly enjoyed the last end.
I literally didn't put it down until it was done.
The premise of this story intrigued me. A seventeen-year-old girl gets a vision from her future self of her murdering her beloved younger sister. I was skeptical of how much plot I would get since I knew it was only the first book in the trilogy, but was wonderfully surprised that the book covered an impressive amount of content. I felt like we got a complete story arc and I'm excited to see the next chapter of the story unfold in the next book! I would have liked more backstory of the characters. I felt like the plot was nice and fast-paced, however it made for a little information lacking in the character development for me. I didn't feel as if I could make enough of a connection with some of the characters yet, but I know that could change in the next two books. *I received this book as part of Booktube Tours in exchange for my honest review*
Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn has such a beautiful cover that I immediately wanted to read the book! This dystopian story involves future memories, a confusing concept that Pintip Dunn clarifies well with her writing skills. Relying completely on a memory from the future to dictate my life would make me feel trapped. When Callie receives her memory, her entire world falls into turmoil. Unsure of Logan's intentions and wary of the people around her, she doesn't know who she can trust. Logan helps Callie escape after she has been placed in Limbo. Since she can't swim, Logan continues on the journey with her to get her to safety. The whole time I was reading, I kept thinking, "just kiss each other already!" Logan and Callie make it to safety, the Harmony compound, and meet several people who are afraid to enjoy their lives because they are worried about their future memories coming true. Callie heads back home to save Jessa. She learns many secrets involving her family and the community. The cliffhanger ending is almost unbearable - 4 stars. I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Remember Yesterday.
The premise of this novel is incredibly unique! This is a world where on your seventeenth birthday, you receive a memory from your future self that gives you a snippet of what your future will be like. Will you be a famous actress? Politician? Criminal? Our main protagonist, Callie, unfortunately gets a vision of killing her beloved sister, and the plot takes off from there. This novel poses the question, can you escape fate? Is the future set in stone? This is a typical YA dystopian novel in which there is a totalitarian government. In this case, the government relies on the sending and fulfillment of these visions of the future to control the people. There is also the Underground that is working to help people escape the government. Not quite an uprising, but it seems like it may come to that as the series progresses. We have people with special psychic abilities that are being arrested by the government in the name of research for reasons not divulged to the public. And of course we have the traditional YA romance between two teenagers, a boy and a girl. Logan and Callie were childhood best friends until Logan suddenly stopped speaking to Callie after his brother Mikey was taken away after demonstrating psychic abilities. After Callie gets her vision of killing her sister, Logan is suddenly in the picture again and seems to be involved more than Callie ever expected. The romance progresses rather quickly, as if the 5 years they didn't speak never happened. Although, forgetting that aspect, a hopeless romantic like myself just enjoys the ride. The writing style is first person present tense, metaphorical and artistic reminiscent of Tehereh Mafi sans strike throughs. If you are a fan of the Shatter Me series, you will probably enjoy Forget Tomorrow. The pacing of this novel starts out quickly, slows down a bit in the middle, and picks up again at the very end with a shocking twist! This may be the kind of series where the first book is more of a set up and world builder and the next book will be much much better. We shall see!
I was sent this book for an honest review. This novel is set in a futuristic world where on your 17th birthday, you are given your future memory. Now, this memory is a moment in time where it shows the receiver who they are meant to be. Callie, the protagonist, has been training to be a world class chef. She had placed all her dreams and aspirations on this one memory. But when she finally receives her memory, her world is thrown upside down. She doesn’t get a vision confirming her career as a chef. Instead, she is shown that she will kill her sister. Because her vision shows her as a criminal; she is thrown in prison. Callie breaks out of prison with the help of her childhood crush, Logan. And with Logan, her fate unfolds. I was excited to read this book! The idea that this was about a society that placed its foundation on predestination was intriguing! I especially wanted to read how the society came to be and why certain civil liberties were ignored. However, the story wasn’t the piece of perfection I was hoping it to be. I fully expected this to focus heavily on world building. Instead, the story just glanced around the beginnings of the society and dove right into the story. Even though I wanted more backstory, I was ok with this. What I didn’t like was the focus the story had on the romance between Logan and Callie. I felt Callie became too emotionally involved with Logan too quickly. Especially since Logan refused to talk to her for five years before all this began. I just wish there was more build up to both the story and the romance. I was meh on the book until the ending. THAT ENDING SURPRISED THE HECK OUT OF ME AND IT WAS GLORIOUS. I am a huge fan of how the overall message of the novel was this; YOU are in charge of your own fate. Even though the majority of this novel wasn’t to my taste, I’m intrigued enough to want to pick up book two. Goodreads rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
This was such an amazing book. Having a memory sent back to you from your future self, would be awesome if it wasn't a bad one. Which it is for Callie. The ending blew me away! So good!!
I really enjoyed this dystopian which was both romantic and action-packed. Callie was a lead character you believably see rise to the occasion of her circumstances and fight back. I love to see that kind of evolution in a character and I loved her relationship with her sister. The seeing into the future aspect of the story was really heady, Dunn turns the story on its head with several great twists and turns that kept me thinking and good Lord, the ending was killer! I don't want to give it away but holy moly! I'm dying for the sequel.
Pulled me in from the first page and did not disappoint! I adored this book. It was fun and different. Fans of Minority Report and y/a will love this! A great, original story with adventure, sci-fi - a strong female heroine and a great love story! Read this book! Get carried away!
I LOVE this book so much! The very concept the book is based on (receiving a memory from your future self) is so unique and intriguing, and Dunn creates amazingly lifelike characters who grab you from the very first page. Callie is a fantastic main character, and I especially loved the relationship between her and her sister, Jessa. And, oh the twists! And the ending--I did not see that coming! The worldbuilding is rich and expertly done, woven into the story in manageable chunks. I really loved the SF feel this dystopian has. The love interest, Logan, was one of my favourite characters. The chemistry between Callie and Logan is fantastic--very believable. But I think what I liked best about their relationship was that it drew attention to both these characters' flaws. That just seemed SO realistic. This is a must-read for anyone who loves a good dystopian.
Forget Tomorrow is definitely on my top Sci-Fi YA list. I really loved this book and the direction it takes Science. We are living in the future but the it’s not so drastically different that it’s not doable. There are no strange creatures roaming about that they have to stay inside protective walls. A large majority of people are actually living content lives. It’s those who realize the price of future memories and having special abilities that have their eyes open to what is going on. Callie keeps her head down because she doesn’t want to draw attention to herself, which would then draw attention to her sister Jessa. Callie has seen what can happen when she witnessed Logan’s brother being taken away. When Callie receives her unexpected memory it puts into motion a chain of events that makes her realize she is a lot more connected then she realizes. I love how much Callie follows her own heart. So many books have me frustrated with the main character when they do the, I have to ignore my feelings for you to protect you. Callie, even though she has those thoughts in her head, also knows how to embrace the moment. How to love openly and trust that she can find a way to protect someone by doing that. Which includes her sister. She fights until she is out of options, it doesn’t matter if it seems hopeless to begin with. She exhaust every other option first. Logan, oh sweet Logan. How can you not love him, I definitely love him. He is so adorable with the admiration of Callie he has. He cares about her and doesn’t really hid it. I love it, I love him. He has some guilt about his brother and tries his best to repent. He also can’t control how he feels though and it’s so great. One thing I love is the unpredictableness of the ending. It could go at least three ways that I could think of but you don’t really know how it’s going to turn out. Well let me tell you, I can’t talk about it because you need to read. I definitely need the next book now though. There are so many things to love in this book but it’s one of those that I don’t want to spoil so I’m not going to delve into too many things. If you like Sci-fi, read it. If you like it romance, read it. If you like a good book, read it.
Thank the lord! I have finally broken free of my bad book streak when I cracked this gem open. Forget Tomorrow, while being exactly like every other dystopian young adult book ever, was a thrilling ride about the meaning of fate. Pintip Dunn has created a world we have seen many times before, I mean – these people even have to sit in a shiny chair to receive their “future memory” in order to know where they belong in society. *cough* Divergent *cough* I mean, seriously. This one girl is basically the chosen one because of her strange mental powers and, because of them, she is the key to unlocking this top secret government thingy. DIVERGENT! Ignoring that little tidbit above, Forget Tomorrow truly was entertaining. It had an interesting, though overused, premise. The characters were interesting and mostly well developed. But, most of all, the book was about Callie’s relationship with her little sister. Sure there is romance and what not, but this book operates almost solely on the fact that Callie wants to protect Jessa – and it was beautiful. That’s not to say that there isn’t swoon worthy romance, because there is – it wouldn’t be Entangled Teen without it, but it doesn’t play a main part in the book – at least not to the same scale.
I loved this book! I've read a lot of YA dystopians and so the bar is high, and this one really delivered. I could not stop turning the pages! The outcome left me breathless. And dying for more which there will be (yay!). Callie is a smart, strong heroine who really wants to do the right thing and Logan...oh, what can I say about him? He swoony and tough and a great match for Callie. The chemistry between them was amazing––I was rooting for them from the beginning––and can't wait to see how things go in the next installment of this trilogy. This book is dark, action-packed, thought-provoking and filled with surprises. It's a must-read for anyone who likes dystopian, adventure and romance.
I've always found the concept of time travel, or in this case, knowing what the future will be, fascinating. I don't necessarily believe in fate myself, but this kind of theme usually results in very interesting works of fiction. Who knows, maybe in the future, this won't be fiction anymore? Anyway, Forget Tomorrow caught my attention for this reason and had me cooking up theories even before I started reading. According to the book, your future self sends a vision to show you what you become. The biggest question here is, can you actually change your future? The whole time I was inclined to believe that it's not possible because even though you still have free will, the fact that the future memory was sent back in time implies that somehow it already happened, it's a given. So perhaps everything you do to avoid it, only ends up leading you down the path you were trying to avoid. This would be an excellent book to read in a book club because there are so many philosophical aspects to it, you have the perfect material for some great discussions. I had several theories going on regarding Callie and Jessa and none of them turned out to be correct! All philosophy and theories aside, this book will keep you reading past your bedtime! There were a few parts where I was confused and had to pause and analyze things to make sure I was understanding correctly, but I was completely engrossed in the story. And still, I know I'll be thinking about it for the next several days. I can't wait for the next book because the ending only leaves you wanting more. I have faith that the author can sort everything out. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Forget Tomorrow was a very well and thoughtful written. The author put a power of imagination and thoughts provoking in the book. The story took me completely by surprise and twist. I love it and would recommend to YA fans..
This book was amazing! It was very well written. I love the relationship between Callie and Jessa! I can totally relate with the characters. Quick and easy read! I can't wait for the next book to be released!