Published by Scholastic on September 13, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Dystopia
What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes.
Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.
In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.
But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.
We don’t usually post back-to-back Literary Crushes, but we can’t help it this week. In honor of today’s release of The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron, we’re highlighting the riveting new book with a Literary Crush of its own.
Name: Gray the Glassblower’s Son
Seventeen-ish. Age is uncertain in Canaan as every twelve years everyone forgets everything. To help them remember after the Forgetting everyone records their own personal history in a book they carry with them everywhere. If you lose your book, you lose yourself; you become one of the Lost. Gray was Lost as a child and adopted by the glassblower.
What does he look like?
Deep gold in dark brown hair, cheeky smile, startlingly long eyelashes, burn scars on his arms and hands, tall, scruff of a beard until he shaves a.k.a. dreamy.
What does he do?
Together with Nadia, he uncovers the secrets of the Forgetting. And then, importantly he chooses to trust Nadia, even when it looks like she will betray him. Still, he chooses to believe that she is who she claims to be—someone who loves him. Not an easy thing to do when you’ve Forgotten.
Whom does he love?
Quiet, introvert, secret rebel Nadia the Dyer’s Daughter
First of all I can’t resist a good smile. Second, he’s funny, sarcastic and mischievous. Third, Gray pulls Nadia out of herself. She’s been hurt, badly; so she keeps to herself, even with her family. She barely speaks, barely interacts, only what is needed in the transactions of daily life. She shows her love to her family by her many actions of service, but she is a ghost. Gray changes that. He pulls her out of herself, forcing her to face her feelings to show her feelings to become reborn.
“I’m and gone, skirting my way through the edge of the crowd, making for Meridian. I was wrong. I am upset. I’m shaking. Hard. I turn the corner, duck beneath the trees, and then a hand catches mine from behind and pulls me into an alley. I have one moment of panic before I realize it’s Gray.
‘Shhh,’ he says. He lets me lean against the wall, puts the hand that isn’t holding mine on the back of my neck and pushes my forehead onto his chest. ‘Just wait a minute,’ he says.
I breathe. I smell soap and the furnace, a hint of moonshine. He’s warm in the chill. I’m not sure how much time goes by. I’m still shaking, though not nearly as much. The streets outside are quiet, the alley dark. I can hear the murmur of Janis still talking to Canaan.”