The Forgetting (Hardcover)

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Every 12 years, all memories are erased -- both good and bad. Except for Nadia's. And, she must keep this a secret.

The book opens with the spectacular irony of sparseness, as if we were awakening after a Forgetting. We're then pulled expertly along into a vividly-described world with urgency as Nadia pieces together the clues she discovers.

With bravery, courage, and a stand-up-for-what's-right attitude, quiet Nadia is forced to examine herself -- where she's been, where she wants to be and how exactly she'll get there.

This books makes you question the importance of memories, the significance of family and love, and the gravity of authority.

Join Nadia on her journey of self-discovery while entrenched in the deliberately-paced, engrossing and thrilling world of The Forgetting. You won't be able to put this one down.

— Kristen Gilligan, Co-owner, Tattered Cover

Sharon Cameron tests human memories and love in the dystopian society found in The Forgetting. In a society where everyone forgets who they are and what they love every twelve years, Nadia seems to be the only person who remembers. As she blocks herself off from feeling too much, she falls in love with the charismatic boy, Gray. Together they work to discover the truth about themselves and The Forgetting. The romance, suspense, and relatability of this book made it a must read that I couldn't put down.

— Katie, TC Teen Advisory Board

Everyone forgets. But Nadia remembers. What she doesn't know is just how much that fact can be used against her. Cameron delivers a thrilling novel full of marvelous surprises! I loved it. 

— Sam, Tattered Cover

"I enjoyed the plot twists and the world created. The ending was perfectly ambiguous: the story could have a sequel or stand alone, but I'm hoping for the former."

"Good characters and world-building elevate The Forgetting above a cliché plot and healthy serving of YA tropes."

— Students at Jefferson Academy Secondary in Broomfield, CO

The Forgetting tells the story of a quiet heroine, Nadia. From outside the walls of Canaan lies the unknown, and the Forgetting has cemented the cities isolation. But Nadia may be able to save it. She may hold the key to remembering. In this modern epic we see the strength of a silent rebellion, and the effect it has on a city. Sharon Cameron weaves words into a story you won't want to forget. 

— Jacob, Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member


What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes. Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories -- of parents, children, love, life, and self -- are lost. Unless they have been written.In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence -- before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

About the Author

Sharon Cameron's debut novel The Dark Unwinding was awarded the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and was named a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Sharon is also the author of its sequel, A Spark Unseen; Rook, which was selected as an Indiebound Indie Next List Top Ten selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, and a Parents' Choice gold medalist; and The Forgetting, an Autumn 2016 Kids' Indie Next List selection. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee, and you can visit her online at

Praise For…

Praise for The Forgetting:

An Autumn 2016 Kids' Indie Next List selection

* "Effective worldbuilding and strong characterization . . . A well-crafted fable for our time." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "This fantasy is a marvelous achievement." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"[An] absorbing adventure." -- Publishers Weekly

"The Forgetting is Sharon Cameron's fourth young adult novel, and she's grown adept at blurring the lines between fantasy, dystopian and science-fiction genres. Cameron reminds us, through Nadia's documented memories, that we must learn to appreciate the truth as much as question it, exploring the morality tucked within the fallacy of memory." -- Bookpage, Top Pick

Praise for Rook:

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection

An Indiebound Indie Next Top Ten selection

Winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award

"The suspense kicks right off in this action-packed tale, quickly wrapping readers up in the drama." -- Romantic Times

"Full of derring-do and double crosses, this romantic adventure is thoroughly engrossing." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Cameron crafts a brilliant homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel yet also manages to make her telling unique, particularly in... the many twists, turns, betrayals, and lucky breaks [that] will keep readers breathless until the very end." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Rook is sure to be a read all readers will remember." -- Portland Book Review

Praise for The Dark Unwinding:

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection

Winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award

"Utterly original, romantic, and spellbindingly imaginative." -- USA Today

"Haunting thrills unfurl..." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Gripping twists, rich language, and an evocative landscape." -- Publishers Weekly

"[A] singularly polished piece." -- The Horn Book

"A strikingly original, twisty gothic tale that holds surprises around every dark corner." --Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I Lied

Praise for A Spark Unseen:

"Gripping... [an] absorbing, intelligent adventure." -- Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9780545945219
ISBN-10: 0545945216
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Pages: 416
Language: English