Memento Nora

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Marshall Cavendish, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 184 pages
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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?

Angie Smibert's remarkable debut novel takes readers on a thrilling ride through a shadowy world where corporations secretly rule-and wish you'd just keep shopping.

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(reviewed by Jennifer Shaw for
Memories are a large part of our lives, but what would you do if you lived in a world that wanted you to forget? Would you take a pill to wipe
out a memory that is more like a nightmare?
"Memento Nora" is a dystopian novel set in the not-so-distant future, where terrorism is alive and well. The city is plagued with terrorist acts. Nora witnesses one of these bombings and the memory is almost more than she can bear. This nightmarish memory leads Nora to her first appointment at the local Therapeutic Forgetting Center. Will she take a pill and leave the memory of the bombing behind or rebel against it? The visit changes Nora’s life forever.
Dystopian novels have become a fast favorite of mine. I found the characters of "Memento Nora" to be interesting and likable. Nora’s rebellious nature was something I really didn’t see coming. She and her friend Micah made a great pair, each growing stronger as the plot unfolded.
The world building is important in dystopian novels, and I felt that the descriptions of Nora’s world were definitely lacking. While I enjoyed the overall story, it would have been much more intense with a vivid image of the city, the Therapeutic Centers, as well as Nora’s father and his employer.
Overall, "Memento Nora" was a nice and entertaining dystopian that is quite similar to "Delirium". While I wanted to know more about the world itself, I still enjoyed Smibert’s writing style. If you enjoy a fast-paced, entertaining read, "Memento Nora" is definitely a book to add to your list. I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here. Maybe a better image of Nora’s world will be in the cards.

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About the author (2011)

Angie was born in Blacksburg, a once sleepy college town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. She grew up thinking she wanted to be a veterinarian; organic chemistry had other ideas. But she always had stories in her head. Eventually, after a few degrees and few cool jobs - including a 10-year stint at NASA's Kennedy Space Center - she wrote some of those stories down.

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