Ages 13+ / YA Science Fiction / Marshall Cavendish Children's Books
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I've always been fascinated with the idea of memory and how it shapes who we are. Think about it. Would you be the same person without your memories, good or bad? When I read about scientists trying to develop a drug to help lessen the effects of traumatic memories in PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) sufferers, I got to thinking -- and asking myself a few questions:
* If something bad happened in your life -- let's say you were hit by a car -- would you want to take a pill to forget it?
* What if you could get the pill as easily as you could buy a latte or frozen yogurt?
* What if you could earn frequent forgetting points every time you went?
* What kind of world would this create? (Or what kind of world would create such a pill?)
* And who could take advantage of the situation?
The result of all these questions is this series, of which THE FORGETTING CURVE is the second book.
In the first book, MEMENTO NORA, several teens who might not ordinarily be friends, fight against a society (and a certain TFC corporation behind it all). The friends put out an underground comic to let people know what's going on. However, TFC wants everyone to forget -- and keep on shopping.
In THE FORGETTING CURVE, the stakes are even higher and forgetting may not be the only thing TFC wants everyone to do. Come help Aiden, Winter, and Velvet put it all together before it's too late.
Happy reading (and discussing)!
The first book of the series, MEMENTO NORA, was a nominee for the 2012 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults list.
"Smibert's dystopian first novel is a gift for both reluctant and regular readers."
"...the themes of inquiry and fighting back will resonate with young and old."
-School Library Journal
"The novel is taut and lean; Smibert's prose is quick and fluid..."'
1. Would you rather forget or remember something bad that happened in your life? How has that memory shaped the person you are now?
2. Why do you think TFC is trying to manipulate people's memories?
3. If you had your own version of the Book of Velvet, what words to live by would you put in it?
4. Aiden thinks of himself as a hacker capable of opening any door. Do you think it's okay to hack, even if it's for a good cause?
5. Music can be a powerful form of protest. What's your favorite song about a social injustice or an issue important to you? Why do you like it?
To find out more about MEMENTO NORA, THE FORGETTING CURVE, and 2013, the third book in the series, visit the series website (www.mementonora.com). There, you can read excerpts, watch trailers, learn about my inspirations, and find out about upcoming events. (And teachers, you'll find lesson plans and related activities there, too.)
Author call-in information: Angie Smibert is happy to Skype with your club. She can also meet with your group if you live in the greater Roanoke, Virginia area. Email the author to submit your request.