Nora, 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. [summary from Goodreads]
I've been on a sci-fi/dystopian kick recently and have been looking out for ones that sound promising and fascinating. This one definitely fits the bill. Can you imagine a world where terrorism is a daily occurrence and one takes pills to forget?? I'm interested to see how this premise will play out!
Memento Nora will be released in hardcover from Marshall Cavendish Children's Books in April 2011.
What are YOU waiting on this Wednesday?