Review: Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
Title: Memento Nora
Author: Angie Smibert
Series: Memento Nora #
Genre: YA Dystopia
Source: Public Library
Pub. Year: 2011
Purchase: Amz/ B&N/
Blurb from Amazon:
In the future, it doesn’t pay to remember.
In Nora’s world you don’t have to put up with nightmares. Nora goes with her mother to TFC–a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic. There, she can describe her horrible memory and take the pill that will erase it. But at TFC, a chance encounter with a mysterious guy changes Nora’s life. She doesn’t take the pill. And when Nora learns the memory her mother has chosen to forget, she realizes that someone needs to remember. With newfound friends Micah and Winter, Nora makes a comic book of their memories called Memento. It’s an instant hit, but it sets off a dangerous chain of events. Will Nora, Micah, and Winter be forced to take the Big Pill that will erase their memories forever?
Random: I wish I could see the graphic novel of Memento.
This is the first book from the Wishlist Wednesday posts that I have posted and it doesn’t disappoint. The dystopian world was interesting and the characters are too.
It’s fascinating to think that a pill can make any traumatic memory go away. The worst part is that no one reports what is being forgotten but that makes sense, why record what people will have no recollection of. Money is no longer used in this society; points are being used now. ID chips are the norm and very secure gated communities. The concept is interesting but novel doesn’t explain the rise of certain security measures. It’s a little bit of an issue.
Let’s talk about Nora. She was an interesting character because she believed a random boy from her school who told her to not take the forgetting pill. In a society where it is accepted to forget, she immediately places her favor in remembering. She chooses to remember because someone has to remember what is being forgotten and do something about it. Her wanting to remember was for her mother’s sake but soon enough, it changes when she meets Micah. Micah who is her complete opposite and encourages her to remember through the graphic novel, Memento, they create. He was the one who started Nora on her remembering quest. He had an interesting life, one that wasn’t filled with abuse but just strife. There is also Winter and I’m not sure what to make of her. She is an artist who makes art out of metal…I think. She helps with the production of Memento and has been affected in a negative way by the new power structure of society.
I think the conspiracy theory about the corporations making a profit of the bombings in the city was true but it was also stretch a bit. The fact that areas were cleared beforehand by the police adds legitimizes the theory. Except one bombing incident that occurred at night and would have only killed a child (still tragic if it had happened). It’s a crack in the theory but I’ll buy into the corporation and government are working together to rake in high profit and maintain the status quo of living.
I’m looking forward to the second book because Nora’s next move should be interesting and hopefully, Winter’s family history is revealed. It should since Winter’s family is connected to Nora’s mother.
42nd in the 150+ Reading Challenge
Also qualifies for: First in a series, Dystopia, Science Fiction