Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
Release Date: April 1, 2011
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Genres: YA, Dystopia
Series: Memento Nora #1
Source: From Publisher (Thank you!!)
Nora, the popular girl and happy consumer, witnesses a horrific bombing on a shopping trip with her mother. In Nora’s near-future world, terrorism is so commonplace that she can pop one little white pill to forget and go on like nothing ever happened.
However, when Nora makes her first trip to a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic, she learns what her mother, a frequent forgetter, has been frequently forgetting. Nora secretly spits out the pill and holds on to her memories. The memory of the bombing as well as her mother’s secret and her budding awareness of the world outside her little clique make it increasingly difficult for Nora to cope. She turns to two new friends, each with their own reasons to remember, and together they share their experiences with their classmates through an underground comic.
They soon learn, though, they can’t get away with remembering.
First of all, that cover is very eye-catching! I totally love it! I’ve always wanted to read Memento Nora the very moment I laid my eyes on it and now that I finally did, it did not disappoint! Memento Nora is a fast-paced, intense and gripping dystopian read.
My most favorite aspect of the book, besides the dynamic and exceptional plot of the story, was Angie Smibert’s writing. The story was told in the three main characters’, Nora, Micha and Winter, perspective. I find it really impressive because Angie successfully created a resonating voice for these very interesting and distinctive protagonists. I thought their relationship with each other was very tangible. Their differences with each other make them more likable and stirring as characters. I also enjoyed the supporting characters on the story, like Mr. Yamada, pretty much all of the characters in the story has their own individual interesting personality.
I found myself, mostly, on the edge of my seat when I was reading this book. For such a thin book, with only 192 pages, it was packed with gripping suspense and drama until the very last page. The ending was so unpredictable! I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel!
I HIGHLY recommend this to all suspense and thrilling Sci-Fi and Dystopian readers out there. Believe me, this will not disappoint. And guys, watch out for my interview with Angie Smibert!