A chance run in with Micah, a boy from her school and the revelation of the memories her mother is desperate to forget, cause Nora to spit out her pill and choose to remember. Teaming up with Micah and his friend, Winter, Nora sets out to produce a comic, illustrating all the things the TFC wants them to forget.
There’s something strange about the TFC. Is there really a mass terrorism group called the Coalition? Or could there be something far more sinister behind it all?
I learned about this book at Book Expo America last year, where I happened upon the author doing signings at one of the booths. That same week, I attended a mass author signing in a store and listened to her read an excerpt from ‘Memento Nora.’
I’m not sure why it took me so long to read this book. It’s short but addictive and I can’t stop thinking about it. Fear is a powerful weapon and the novel makes you wonder about whether forgetting is really a cure or if it is even more of a danger.
I’ve been on anxiety medication for more than two years, popping a couple of pills a day. Yet, in the past I’d always been set against taking medication unless I felt I seriously needed to. Reading ‘Memento Nora’ made me ponder just what limits would have to be breached for me to voluntarily take a pill to forget a memory…and how I would feel if I had memories robbed from me.
Angie Smibert is an excellent writer. The subject of the novel wasn’t overstated but written in a way that intrigued me and left me in constant suspense. It is written in first person narrative, by Nora, Micah and Winter, although Nora is the prime narrator of the book. Each of the three protagonists was sympathetic but I was drawn in by the strength that they each had as individuals.
I loved how dreams were used throughout the novel. Dreams are vague and difficult to remember...but they are powerful. The dreams of the characters really helped to reflect the struggle of each individual, trying to keep a hold of who they are.
‘Memento Nora’ is a fascinating concept that triumphs in execution. It reads perfectly as a stand-alone novel but I was pleased to discover that there is something of a sequel/companion novel with ‘The Forgetting Curve.’ I look forward to reading it.
If you could take a pill to forget something painful or traumatic, would you?
In accordance with the FTC, Quill Café would like to disclose that the reviewer received this book from Marshall Cavendish at Book Expo America. The opinions expressed are hers alone and no monetary compensation was offered to them by the author or publisher. Cover art is copyright of Marshall Cavendish and is used solely as an aide to the review.