Apr 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Memento Nora by Angie Smibert

Waiting on Wednesday recognizes that we as bookies pine for books. This post is about what I am impatiently waiting for right now. It was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I am very interested in the April 28th release of Angie Smibert's first book Memento Nora. It's being billed as a fantastical dystopian debut.

Memento Nora coverNora, 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.

Memento Nora website

This is a slightly different take, but it reminds me of XVI. XVI focused on consumerism & technology where this book seems to focus on consumerism & selective memory. It seems to be a very streamlined society that solves all its problems for its citizens. Those who do not confomr are in danger from the get-go. I hope it lives up to its promise. What are you waiting on this week?

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